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Educational Visits and Residentials @Belchamps

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre offers 30 acres of fantastic camping fields set in beautiful Essex countryside. With a single entrance into the site, which is monitored by CCTV, it’s safe and secure. We also have five high-quality indoor accommodations and a large range of activities for young people of all ages. Whether you are looking for a full residential experience or just a day visit, all of our staff will ensure that your event is safe, excellent value for money and full of fun.

We also want to make it as easy and comfortable for the staff bringing them as possible. Our prices are realistic; we are a non-profit making organisation, so any surplus goes directly back into improving the facilities we offer. As a charity, our primary focus isn’t to make a profit – it’s to ensure every child has a great experience, one that will stay with them for a lifetime. We are a relatively small organisation in the outdoor adventure industry and, because of this, we offer a more personal service. We tailor your experience to your needs and are always on hand to provide help and advice before and during your stay.We have a maximum of four schools staying on site at any one time with room for a further two or three, depending on numbers, on day visits. We can accommodate larger groups with exclusive use of our tented villages.

We are very adaptable; if your group is taking longer than expected on a particular activity and we don’t get through the whole group in the allotted time, we’ll run over. If we still don’t get through the group you can be sure we’ll do our best to make sure those who miss out come back later so that no-one goes away disappointed.

Why is Belchamps perfect for schools and youth charities?

Belchamps holds Adventuremark, the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge and a Food Hygiene Rating of 5. We currently have 15 schools that re-book with us year after year which stands as a testimony to our hard work. We have a dedicated full time paid team of staff; as well as a small and friendly team of volunteer workers and work experience placements. All staff here are devoted to looking after you from the moment you enquire to when you say goodbye. Everyone at Belchamps is flexible and accommodating and we want every young person to go away having experienced a great adventure’s.


So what is Belchamps?

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre is owned by the Scout Association and was established in 1936. Since then, with a lot of hard work and dedication, it has developed into the centre it is today. All our staff have or have had some involvement in Scouting which means we understand what the young people of today really want. With over 50 bookable activities there is plenty to do here at Belchamps; there’s also lots of external offsite activities which we are happy to arrange and book for you. Our priority is always the participants and the time that they spend here.

We have full risk assessments for our site, buildings and all of our activities. Our activities are run to strict site operating procedures. We also have lesson plans for all our activities to ensure that every young person gains something from the experience.

Our catering services are very generous, offering a wide choice of meals each day. We will always attempt to find something for even the fussiest of eaters. We can cater to almost all dietary needs and have lots of experience in doing so.

Teacher Checklist

Risk Assessments  Inspection Visits Free Places for Teachers LOtC Quality Badge Institute of Outdoor Learning  Adventure Mark Adventure Activity Associates Helpful Staff  Certified Activity Instructors

More information?

Ease contact Guest Services on 01702 562690 or email us at


Here’s a video which can tell you about Skills for Life

It describes the employability skills (like teamwork, leadership and problem solving), the character skills (like resilience, tenacity and confidence) and the practical skills (like first aid, navigation and coding) that young people need to succeed.

Scouting has changed over the last decade. Its changed the way we look and do things. Scouting introduced a new brand, uniform, programme and training scheme. We became smarter at how we deliver Scouting through better support for volunteers, and enabling people in wall walks of life to learn more skill and become more confident.

At Belchamps we want to offer our facilities to all young people in the hope that Skills for Life will be the result.

Contact Belchamps

Winter October to April: Monday to Thursday 9am till 6pm
Friday 9am till 8pm Saturday and Sunday 9am till 5pm

Summer May to September:
Monday to Friday 9am till 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am till 5pm

Tel: 01702 562690


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