Project information

Outdoor adventure for all

One of our aims is to offer ‘everyday adventure’ to as many young people (6-25 years) as possible. However, not all young people have regular access to the outdoors. This project will give thousands of young people the opportunity to take risks, build confidence and develop leadership skills.

12 months

Charity information: The Scout Association

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  • Need


    We are seeing an increase in demand from schools, youth groups, Scout and Guide groups in accessing challenging educational and personal development opportunities. Not all young people have easy access to a range of development activities such as climbing, abseiling, archery, camping, sailing and cooking. All of which are designed for them to learn new skills, in teams and face their fears.


    Research studies (Educational Relationships Outside School, Joseph Rowntree) confirm that regular physical activity improves academic performance, leadership ability and self confidence amongst many other things. We know what a difference visiting an activity centre can make. Our centres, give thousands of young people whether they are Scouts or not, the opportunity to engage in physical activity, learn new skills, take risks, and develop confidence in a safe and inspiring environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer 50,000 young people a range of new, challenging, outdoor development activities


    » To design and build three climbing towers, two high ropes courses, a journey course, zip wire and low ropes course across four of our activity centres

    What success will look like

    Success will be seeing thousands of young people from diverse backgrounds taking part in adventurous activities with us, often for the first time.

  • Impact


    Taking part in outdoor, challenging activities will support the long-term development of young people. Ensuring they develop confidence, leadership and team work skills which will be of benefit during their education and future careers.


    A significant risk is that full funding is not secured to acheive our ambitious aims. The Scout Association is applying to a number of trusts and foundations to help secure funding for this exciting project.


    Donors will receive an annual review of the centres activities and the opportunity to visit the centres when the activities are in place to see them in use.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £285,980

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      Amount Heading Description
      £52,195 Climbing Tower at Hawkhirst Planning, construction and training
      £52,195 Climbing Tower at Youlbury Planning, construction and training
      £52,195 Climbing Tower at Downe Planning, construction and training
      £52,550 High Ropes course at Hawkhirst Planning, construction and training
      £44,795 Journey course at Great Tower Planning, construction and training
      £32,050 High Ropes at Downe Planning, construction and training

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Dixie Rose Findlay Charitable Trust £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Four national activity centres located:
    Hawkhirst, Northumberland, NE48 1QZ
    Great Tower, Cumbria, LA23 3PQ
    Youlbury, Oxford, OX1 5HD
    Downe, Kent, BR6 7LJ


    Four distinct areas of the UK will benefit from this project. For example in the Northumberland area, it will help improve the education and employment prospects of young people at a time characterised by a decreasing number of jobs, high youth-out migration, and low educational attainment (Northumberland Economic Development 2010 Business Plan and Budget).
    The fundraising team would be happy to discuss the benefits to each location in more details than available here

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Every year, with the help of our 100,000 adult volunteers and leaders, The Scout Association helps over 400,000 young people enjoy new adventures, experience the outdoors, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
    Our activity centres have been developed with the specific aim of providing leading resources to enable more children and young people to take part in residential and outdoor activities thereby extending their education.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Asa Gurden

    Asa is one of our highly experienced Centre Managers, who leads our permanent and volunteer staff teams.