Southwark District Scouts provides Scouting to 600 young people across the Borough

Most of our groups have their own Beaver colony, Cub pack, and Scout troop. We also have two Explorer Scout units and a Scout Network. We aim to offer challenge and adventure to all our members.  We believe in helping our young people fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves.  We’re working to make Scouting available to all and we’re passionate about what we do.

Each year we hold a district Beaver sleepover, district Cub camp and district Scout camp. Alongside sports days, chess competitions, cooking competitions and loads more.

The District also owns the fantastic Waylands campsite in Westerham available for hire if you want to get back to nature and camping basics.  We also have Scout House available for hire for events. 

Scouting for all ages

Make friends and try new indoor and outdoor activities

Learn practical skills while having adventures with friends

Build confidence, resilience and a sense of adventure

Explorers stand on their own two feet, discovering the world

Skills to succeed in life

Scouting isn’t just singing round the camp fire and toasting marshmallows (though you can do that too!). It’s learning to speak publicly, how to organise activities and how to face your fears. Its learning practical skills from starting a fire to updating a website that young people will use throughout their life.

Groups within the Southwark District have an extensive programme of events and activities that help young people gain some independence, develop their social skills and get them working in a team. Scouts builds skills for life.

Scout House

Scout House is Southwark District’s Headquarters and is located in Bermondsey. It is also available for hire!

There’s plenty of space for a dance or sports event and all proceeds go to the District’s efforts to help young people build skills for life.

Please note: Scout House is not available to hire for parties or weddings.

Upcoming District events (next 30 days)

Saturday June 1

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Fort’s 60th Birthday event
South London Scout Centre (Grange Lane, Dulwich, London, Greater London, SE21 7LH, United Kingdom)

Camp at Waylands

Waylands Camp Site is roughly 13.5 acres of camping field and woodland near Biggin Hill.

It provides a natural environment that promotes and facilitates outdoor adventure to as many young people as possible.

Visitors are encouraged to get back to basics with camping and core outdoor skills.

More details including how to book are available on the Waylands Campsite website.

Transport for hire

District Minibus

Phoenix ESU manage and operate a minibus on behalf of the district. It has 17 seats and also has a towbar for towing trailers. It can be hired by Scout units or not for profits for a suitable donation. Visit the Phoenix ESU website for more information or click below.

District equipment to hire/borrow

The following equipment is available to borrow/hire from units within the District. If you have equipment available in the District and would like to list it here please contact the District Secretary

For making fresh juices or cider. Available from:

Gas powered flat-top griddles. Available from:

For keeping food hot. Available from:

For happy campers. Available from:

For reliable communication. Available from: