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The Oaks Scout Campsite is in a beautiful part of Leicestershire, in an area called Charnwood Forest close by the village of Oaks in Charnwood which now falls within the National Forest.

The Oaks Scout Campsite is in a beautiful part of Leicestershire, in an area called Charnwood Forest close by the village of Oaks in Charnwood, which now falls within the National Forest.  The site consists of 10 acres of Ancient Oak Woodland and 10 acres of grassland. The site has two buildings for indoor accommodation and offers a range of actives, which are run either by our qualified teams or other which are run by you own leaders. We offer camping to groups from both the Scout and Guide organisations along with school DOE groups.The Oaks Scout Campsite is in a beautiful part of Leicestershire, in an area called Charnwood Forest close by the village of Oaks in Charnwood, which now falls within the National Forest.  The site consists of 10 acres of Ancient Oak Woodland and 10 acres of grassland. The site has two buildings for indoor accommodation and offers a range of actives, which are run either by our qualified teams or other which are run by you own leaders. We offer camping to groups from both the Scout and Guide organisations along with school DOE groups.

 

The site as an established Scout campsite is relatively young, but its history can be traced back to just after the 1st world war.

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The Oaks Scout Campsite is in a beautiful part of Leicestershire, in an area called Charnwood Forest close by the village of Oaks in Charnwood, which now falls within the National Forest.  The site consists of 10 acres of Ancient Oak Woodland and 10 acres of grassland. The site has two buildings for indoor accommodation and offers a range of actives, which are run either by our qualified teams or other which are run by you own leaders. We offer camping to groups from both the Scout and Guide organisations along with school DOE groups.It is not certain when the first tent was pitched on the fields that are now the Oaks Campsite, but it all started with Capt. John Leveson Ward MC. Capt. Ward founded the Scout troop in Castle Donington in the early 1920’s and went on to become the Rover Scout Commissioner for Leicestershire towards the end of the decade, however the story of the Oaks begins earlier and in his own words he describes how the site came to be first used. The 1914 war was over and I had decided to give up the regular army and go back to H & M [Hanford and Miller, hosiery manufacturers in Loughborough. I was made manager of the Whitwick factory and got a room at the Forest Rock Hotel. Some of the local boys asked me to form at Troop which I did and we went to camp on the high ground (Timberwood) near the Forest Rock. One night I was walking round and I met a gentleman. He stopped me and we passed the usual pleasantries. I said I hoped I should not offend the owner. “You’re speaking to him” said the gentlemen (Shirley Clarke) and this began years of friendship. “My house is down there” said he, “come along down”’. It was in a beautiful position right in the Charnwood Forest. Years later I was skipper of the Scottish Scouts in Leicester and with Shirley Clarke’s help built the hut in the picture

The site was called Cat Hill at this time, taking its name from the woods to the west of the site.

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You can read more of the sites history in the site museum.

Today the site is a busy District campsite, it is owned by Loughborough and Charnwood Districts of Leicestershire and is run entirely by volunteer staff who maintain the site, run the activities and act as wardens for the site. The site has a reputation for friendly and helpful staff and you can recognise our staff by the green shirts or fleeces, with the Oaks Staff logo on the back or by or Yellow and Green rugby shirts.

The site is constantly developing and we are two years into our 10 year development plan. Under this plan we have installed new showers and replaced the Alpine Hut and the next project is a replacement Climbing tower.

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