Downe Scout Activity Centre

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Owner The Scout Association
Location Orpington,
Country United Kingdom
Founded unknown
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Downe Scout Activity Centre is a campsite of The Scout Association in Orpington, Kent. Set in woods and open grass, it provides camping and indoor accommodations for Scouts and Guides.

The Downe site is 86 acre large.


Downe is only 16 miles from the centre of London, and is near the Biggin Hill airfield in Kent.

It is within easy access of Orpington and Chelsfield train stations, both on lines from London.



Downe covers 86 acres, and has a mixture of open grass fields and woodland campsites.

Indoor Accommodation

There are three accommodation blocks at the site, each with kitchen facilities. Toilet and shower blocks are located near each building.

  • Jubilee has 8 rooms of two and six beds apiece, allowing 32 people to sleep indoors. There is also a Leaders' lounge.
  • Pembroke has 14 rooms of two.
  • Bridger can accommodate up to 38 people, with the rooms split on either side of a central dining area.


Downe offers a number of activities both on and off the site:

  • Archery
  • Air-rifle Shooting
  • Climbing and Abseiling
  • Swimming Pool
  • Grass Sledges
  • Pedal Go-Karts
  • Adventure Course
  • Orienteering
  • Hiking

It is also possible to arrange guided tours of the nearby Biggin Hill airfield.


Campdowne is an international Scout and Guide event held at the campsite, and is open to all members of the Scout Movement over the age of 10 and a half years.

The last Campdowne was in 2004 and was attended by Scouts and Guides from all corners of the globe. Campdowne is happening again in 2008 and they have officially launched their website to deal with all the inquiries that they'll be getting.

Set in both woodland and open grassland in London's greenbelt, Campdowne 2008 offers an opportunity to make new friends from around the world through an exciting and unforgettable ten day programme of events and activities. There will be centrally organised entertainment from camp fires and stage productions to parties and discos, not forgetting the opening and closing ceremonies.


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