Prances is owned and maintained by Maldon & East Essex District Scout Council, and is named after Edith Prance, who donated the land to the district in 1956. Based in the heart of Wickham Bishops, it is a small, easily accessible, friendly site.  There is plenty of room for campers and an excellent backwoods area for those that fancy sleeping under the stars.  The site is also suitable for Patrol Camps and the surrounding area is ideal for hiking and DofE groups. 

The Peter Church Lodge is a large modern building with a hall, approx 9m x 12m, which you would be welcome to use with bed rolls or camp beds as a ‘Floor for the night’ .  The hall comprises a fully equipped kitchen with serving hatch into the main hall, Male, Female and Disabled toilet and shower facilities, and upstairs there is The Bill Meehan loft.  The loft  has 2 sofas and a couple of “Z” beds and combined with it’s own kitchenette, leaders could use this as a separate sleeping area to the young people in the main hall.  The Loft is also available to be booked on it’s own as a meeting area.

Campers also have the benefit of a purpose built toilet & shower block at the bottom of the site. With the advantage of having underfloor heating, it also provides excellent disabled facilities, including a wet room, and a utility room offering fridge and freezer.

Prances is staffed entirely by a volunteer work force and provides camping facilities, residential accommodation and adventurous activities to Scouts, Guides, Youth Clubs, Schools, Colleges, and any Youth Organisations. 



Zip Wire


Pedal Karts and Track

Air Rifles

Crate Stacking


Assault Course/Adventure Area

Suction Cross Bows

Soft Archery

Cave Maze

Nerf® Battle Pack

Slack Lining

Human Hungry Hippos

7.5 metre Play Chute

Uni Hoc (indoor/outdoors)


IT Centre (with internet access)

Bookings & General Information
Site Managers
Prances Cottage
Great Totham Road
Wickham Bishops
Tel: 01621 892876


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Job vacancies at Belchamps Scout Activity Centre

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre are currently recruiting for a variety of paid and volunteer roles.

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre is currently recruiting for the following positions:
Guest Services assistant Up to

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Maldon & East Essex are Estonia bound

Explorer Scouts from the various units in Maldon & East Essex came together for a day of team building at Prances Scout Campsite and to learn a bit more about the Country they will be guest in in a few weeks time.

From late May, 27 Explorer Scouts and 10 Leaders will be spending 6 days in the Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.

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World Wide Scouts of Essex

Scouts from Silver End and Braintree took full advantage of the annual JOTI (Jamboree On The Internet) to reach out and discover Scouts from across the World Wide Web.

Scouts from Essex took part in the international event from the comfort of their local campsite.

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How are you celebrating the olympics with Scouting?

Camping? Themed event? Activities and challenges? There are plenty of excuses to get out into the outdoors and get active with the olympics and paralympic games this summer. Get involved in ‘Your Sporting Adventure’ or camp in Essex and make a visit to the olympic park itself. There is something for everyone. How are you celebrating…?

Useful links

Your Sporting Adventure –

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