Outdoor Centre

A special place...

Exploring Brownsea's Heathland © John Millar

Exploring Brownsea's Heathland

We have a unique centre here on Brownsea that includes a campsite, lodge and activities. Stay on the very island where Baden-Powell began his legacy. Enjoy amazing views of the Purbeck Hills, with a 'back in time' feeling, but with all today's facilities. Maybe you'll sense Baden-Powell himself.

Email us or call 01202 492161 to book.

A special place...

Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset. © John Millar

Camping on Brownsea Island, Dorset.

We have a unique centre here on Brownsea that includes a campsite, lodge and activities. Stay on the very island where Baden-Powell began his legacy. Enjoy amazing views of the Purbeck Hills, with a 'back in time' feeling, but with all today's facilities. Maybe you'll sense Baden-Powell himself.

Email us or call 01202 492161 to book.

A special place...

The Trading Post at the Outdoor Centre © National Trust

The Trading Post at the Outdoor Centre

We have a unique centre here on Brownsea that includes a campsite, lodge and activities. Stay on the very island where Baden-Powell began his legacy. Enjoy amazing views of the Purbeck Hills, with a 'back in time' feeling, but with all today's facilities. Maybe you'll sense Baden-Powell himself.

Email us or call 01202 492161 to book.

A special place...

Camping On Brownsea Island © John Millar

Camping On Brownsea Island

We have a unique centre here on Brownsea that includes a campsite, lodge and activities. Stay on the very island where Baden-Powell began his legacy. Enjoy amazing views of the Purbeck Hills, with a 'back in time' feeling, but with all today's facilities. Maybe you'll sense Baden-Powell himself.

Email us or call 01202 492161 to book.

South Shore Lodge

Open exclusively to Scouts, Guides, schools and other youth groups, this hostel set in a Victorian building takes up to 24 people over five bedrooms. South Shore Lodge is for hire over the winter. The Lodge is available1-10 Aug from £175 a night exclusively. Download our South Shore Lodge (pdf) Book by email or call 01202 492161.

Campsite

Open exclusively to Scouts and Guides, school and other youth groups, this 50-acre site is located on the very spot where Lord Baden-Powell held his first experimental camp. Download our Campsite leaflet (pdf)

Family camps

Camping On Brownsea Island

The outdoor centre is offering families the opportunity to stay in bells tents and camp on the very spot Baden-Powell's first experimental campsite was during 1907. Contact us for more details or to book by email.

Things to do while you're staying with us

  • Learning sessions

    If you are staying with us you can choose from our wide range of learning sessions. 

  • Visitors trying out low ropes at the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre on Brownse © John Millar

    Low ropes

    Take the challenge and see if you have the agility and balance to complete our low ropes course.

  • Take a shot on Brownsea Island © John Millar

    Archery

    Test your skill with a bow and arrow on our archery range.

Don't miss

  • Our self-led orienteering course; just buy a map from the trading post
  • Hire a games bag and play tennis, rounders or football
  • See glow worms on the beach and nightjars on the heath in the evening
  • Follow the Baden-Powell trail
  • Have a go at our problem-solving game

While you're here...

Why not visit our heritage centre and Trading Post? This is the perfect place to pick up a memory of your stay.

A special spot

The Scout Stone on Brownsea Island

Many scouts, guides and others before you have taken in the atmosphere of the scout stone and the new flagpole on the original site. Some to celebrate, others as a pilgrimage, but always special.

 

Supporting us

We are proud to have our very own service team and youth service team. Their work helps us to continue to run our Outdoor Centre.

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