The history of Scouting on Brownsea Island

Over a hundred years ago a seed was sown when a group of boys took part in an outdoor camping experience and from that moment, one of the largest voluntary organisations grew.

  • Booking essential
  • Free event (admission applies)

In 1907, led by Lord Baden Powell, the first every scout camp took place on Brownsea Island. No one could have guessed that it would turn into one of the most successful international youth movements. Join one of our experienced scout leaders on this informative free guided walk that talks you through the birth of scouting on Brownsea Island.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Brownsea Island


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.40 £7.50
Child £4.20 £3.75
Family £21.00 £18.75
(x1 adult and x3 children) £12.60 £11.25
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.80
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.40

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00


*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Please note that the ferry fare (not National Trust) applies to all visitors.

DWT members who are solely visiting the DWT area, are not required to pay the NT admission

The basics

Booking details
Call 0844 249 1895
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet in the courtyard at the back of visitor reception
What to bring and wear
Sensible footwear and outdoor clothing.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
1 August 2019 11:00 - 12:30 Available

Contact Info

National Trust Central Box Office
Call 0344 249 1895

Upcoming events

Eco adventure camping

Wed 26 Jun 2019
An opportunity for the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors, to camp overnight on this magical island.

Supper and safari

Thu 27 Jun 2019
Have you ever heard the churr of a male nightjar or the short sharp two tone whistle of the alarm call of a sika deer? As the sun goes down and day meets night, meet the new cast of wildlife that emerges on Brownsea Island.

Seashore ramble

Fri 28 Jun 2019
Come and explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk.

Brownsea adventure weekends

Sat 29 Jun 2019
Make the most of the long summer evenings with a family adventure on Brownsea Island. With lots of family activities available and a campsite overlooking the sea, Brownsea adventure weekends are tailor made for time well spent in the outdoors.

Island life through the ages

Fri 05 Jul 2019
Brownsea has a fascinating past featuring celebrities such as Marconi and Baden Powell both of whom were good friends to families that once called the island home.

Summer fun on Brownsea

Sat 20 Jul 2019
Explore nature and adventure this summer holiday and keep your little ones occupied all day.