Scouting in Bedfordshire

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Map of England highlighting the location of Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire is a Scout County and part of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom. It is concurrent with the political county of Bedfordshire, and provides scouting opportunities for young people and adults in the area around Bedford, Luton, and Dunstable. [1]


The county is currently divided into nine Scout Districts. [2] The divisions within the county are reviewed periodically, with the aim of improving the organisation and provision of scouting in the region. This has sometimes involved the creation or dissolution of Scout Districts, or simply the redrawing of boundaries.

The districts are themselves divided into Scout Groups and Explorer Scout Units, providing Scouting for young people from the age of 6 and up. The county also manages the Scout Network, which is the programme section for 18-25-year-olds in Bedfordshire. The County Scout Network consists of a number of Local Scout Networks. [3]

Ampthill and Woburn

Scout Groups

Explorer Scout Units


Scout Groups[4]

Explorer Scout Units


Scout Groups

  • 1st Arlesey
  • Biggleswade
  • 1st Gamlingay
  • 1st Haynes
  • Henlow/Clifton
  • 1st Langford
  • 1st Potton
  • Sandy
  • Shefford
  • Shillington
  • Stondon
  • Stotfold
  • Upper Caldecote

Explorer Scout Units


Scout Groups [5]

Explorer Scout Units

  • Dunstable District ESU

Icknield (Luton)

Scout Groups [6]

Explorer Scout Units

Lea Valley

Scout Groups [7]

  • Beech Hill
  • Caddington
  • Lea Scout Group
  • Leagrave (Luton)
  • Slip End
  • St Lukes
  • Strathmore

Explorer Scout Units

  • Lea Valley ESU (Covers all Scout Groups)


Scout Groups

Explorer Units

  • Leighton Linslade Phoenix

Ouse Valley

Scout Groups

explorer scout units

  • Rawhide Explorers ESU

Someries (Luton)

Scout Groups [8]

  • 1st Someries (Luton)
  • 2nd Someries (Luton)
  • 3rd Someries (Luton)
  • 7th Someries (Luton)
  • 16th Someries (Luton)
  • 19th Someries (Luton)
  • 24th Someries (Luton)
  • 26th Someries (Luton)


The County has a large campsite and training centre, three District maintained campsites and three groups maintained campsites. [9]

The Leslie Sell County Scout Training and Activity Centre

This campsite is near the village of Bromham, 4 miles northwest of Bedford. There are 8 acres of open fields, and 18 acres of woodland on the site, offering a variety of camping locations. [10] As well as the camping areas, there are a small number of buildings offering accommodation and training facilities. The site offers a number of activities, including pioneering, archery, and air rifle shooting.

District Campsites

  • Boyd Campsite Campsite, Henlow, run by Biggleswade District.
  • Jordans Close Campsite, Great Barford, run by Bedford District.
  • Milton Bryan Campsite, Milton Bryan, Ampthill Rural District, run by Ampthill & Woburn District.