Our Campsite: Ark Lane


Situated on 3 acres of beautiful semi-wooded land, Ark Lane has 2 camping fields, 2 buildings, fire bases including a main campfire circle. The site is ideal for camps for all ages, and lends itself to activities including scoutcraft, backwoods skills, wide games, field games, skills training, conservation and environmental projects.


The two (2) buildings are ideal for all types of meetings for both young people and adults, including training, as well as Nights Away with your young people (however the buildings do not have bunks so users will need to bring something to lie on). Both buildings are heated and are fully equipped with tables and chairs and kitchen facilities.

Equipment & Other Facilities

We have a wealth of camping and cooking equipment which may be borrowed (for a donation) for use either at the site or away from site. The site’s car park can accommodate approximately 25 cars and a further 15 cars if one of the camp sites is used. We also have a main campfire circle as well as several fire bases located around the site, and we now have pioneering equipment available too.

District Mini Bus

The District also owns a Minibus that can be borrowed at no charge, the only requirements is to return the Minibus with a full tank of fuel.

You’ll also need to have D1 Endorsement on your Driving Licence.

Enquiries and bookings
- Andy Austin

Site Visits / Service Team

We invite all Leaders in Scouting and Guiding and other youth organisations to come and visit the site at any time – contact the Site Warden to make arrangements. Our Service Team meets approximately once a month and we always welcome new people of all ages who would like to help out around the site or for Groups who would like to embark on a service project. Please contact the Site Warden for further details or to make arrangements.

Onsite Activities Available:

  • Hike Routes,
  • Orienteering,
  • Back Woods Cooking,
  • Pioneering Poles,
  • Wide Games,


Ark Lane,

What’s Nearby?

Belchamps Activity Centre

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre offers 30 acres of fantastic camping fields set in the beautiful Essex countryside. We currently have two high-quality indoor accommodations and a large range of activities for young people of all ages.
Whether you are looking for a full residential experience or just a day visit, all of our staff will ensure that your event is safe, excellent value for money and full of fun.

More Info

Enquiries and bookings: arklane@essexscouts.org.uk

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls