Easter Camp 2020

Monday 6th to Thursday 9th April 2020

Open to those in Yr 5 – Yr 8

This Easter residential will take place at Bentley Copse Activity Centre from 6th to 9th April 2020. Bentley Copse is located in the lovely Surrey Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This exciting trip is designed to allow the children to experience new and exciting activities such as traversing, archery, bushcraft, a cave maze, Jacobs ladder and peddle carts!


*Cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation*

Accommodation and Facilities

Bentley Copse is a private site owned by the Surrey Scout Association and will be our home for the duration of our stay, located in the heart of the Surrey Hills with plenty of lovely walks and stunning views to take in. Bentley Copse is based in twenty-eight acres of natural hurtwood forest in a quiet part of Surrey. During our stay we will be staying in indoor accommodation with central heating incase of chilly nights, we will also have access to an indoor hall for lunch and games if the weather turns on us.

Bentley Copse

Itinerary and Activities

The itinerary will include adventurous and energetic activities such as climbing, zip-wiring and night games as well as allowing the children to learn new bushcraft skills in an outdoor setting such as firelighting and campfire cooking. Bentley Copse has a huge array of exciting and challenging on-site activities which means we don’t need to waste lots of time travelling. The children will get some free time every day for some unstructured play but there will always be adults around on duty.

All activities will be led by qualified instructors with appropriate levels of training and supervision and we have conducted full risk assessments for every aspect of the camp. Safety is at the centre of all our trips and we will do everything we can to ensure the children have an exciting experience but are well looked after throughout. A certain level of risk is inherent to all of these activities but we believe the enormous benefits far outweigh them. All of the ESOC leaders are first aid trained and DBS checked and a vehicle will always be available in case we need to take anybody for medical attention. Children will have the opportunity to sit out of any activities they are uncomfortable with.

The Activities the Children will get to take part are:

– Climbing traverse

– Cave Maze and Peddle Carts

– Team building challenges

– Rifle shooting and Archery

–  Fire lighting / Campfire Cooking

– Tree trails and Zip line

– Jacob’s ladder


Kit List


  • Kitbag / Holdall / Suitcase
  • Sleeping bag + Pillow
  • PJs
  • Shoes to wear for wide games, walks and evenings (ideally walking boots or trainers)
  • Socks & underwear
  • Light hard wearing trousers/ warm leggings for activities (not jeans)
  • Shorts
  • Warm fleece/Jumper
  • T-shirts/shirts
  • Sunglasses + Suncream
  • Swimming Kit
  • Full Waterproofs (trousers AND jacket) – to get 15% off and free delivery on all orders at our partner Muddy Puddles, use the code EXSOC1117
  • General toiletries and towel
  • Eye care material (if needed)
  • Antihistamines (if needed for hay fever/allergies)
  • Head torch and extra batteries
  • Pocket money (no more than £5)
  • 1 litre water bottle – (Nalgene or Sigg recommended, refilled mineral water bottles are NOT suitable)


  • Reading book / games
  • Teddy bear

Please ensure ALL ITEMS are labelled clearly and children know which items are theirs.

Personal mobile phones and other electronic devices are not permitted on this expedition and any found will be confiscated. All leaders will be carrying phones.

Download printable version Recommended waterproofs


The cost for this trip is £395 pp. This includes:

  • Transport to Bentley Copse
  • Activities and equipment
  • Accommodation
  • Staff instructor ratio of approx 1:5
  • Food from Monday afternoon to Friday lunchtime
  • All applicable taxes and card fees

The full £395 will be charged at the point of booking.


Why don’t you allow personal mobile phones or iPods/MP3 players on the trip?

There are a few reasons for this rule: a) these items are often expensive, and very easily lost or damaged; b) in the rare case that there are any problems to deal with on the trip, the Leader team are in the best position to sort things out, as they’re aware of all the factors surrounding the situation; calls to home can often make things worse! And c) our trips are a brilliant chance to get away from screens, televisions, Facebook, Instagram filters, and instead spend time outdoors interacting with friends in a non-virtual way!

In the case of an emergency, you will be able to contact your child via the Instructors’ phones and vice versa. If someone is really homesick and we think a quick call will help them settle, then of course we’ll let them do that.

We’ll post updates and (where signal allows) pictures on our blog. We aim to do this on at least the first night and the third night but please try and assume that no news is good news! Sometimes we are so busy running the expedition and looking after the group that we don’t have time to organise blog posts too. Once we get back we’ll post a full de-brief with lots of photographs.

This is my child’s first trip away from home, will they be alright?

Of course everyone reacts differently, but in the vast majority of cases there will be absolutely no problems – they’ll be too busy having fun! The Leaders on the trip all have lots of experience of being with children when they’re away from home. In fact, we often find that the parents are the ones who find it hardest, and the children have a brilliant time and don’t give it a second’s thought.

Which adults will be on the trip?

There will be a number of Exploration Society Instructors. The camp will be led by one of the senior members of the ESOC team whose profiles and qualifications you can see here. Overall we aim for a staff/pupil ratio of about 1:6

My child is a fussy eater, will they go hungry?

No one has ever starved on an ESOC Expedition. The children are involved in planning and cooking the meals every day, and this engagement really helps eliminate food fussiness. They’ll be encouraged to Try New Things, as stated in our Ethos, but won’t be force fed anything they find disgusting! They’ll pick up loads of new skills, and may even cook a banquet for you once they’re home. We’ve taken note of any dietary requirements you filled out on the registration form.

Are your Leaders DBS and First Aid trained?

Our Leaders are DBS checked and have First Aid training. Many of our Leaders also have more advanced medical wilderness training. In a medical emergency we will be able to use our vehicle to get to the nearest hospital A&E department. We pride ourselves on employing enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and engaging staff, who go above and beyond to make our trips memorable.

Does my child really need a waterproof jacket AND over trousers?

Yes, they really do. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on them, but they need a waterproof top layer to put on over their clothes: sogginess is a fast route to unhappiness.

Where can I go if I need to buy any clothing or equipment?

You can get a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor, either online or in the shops by using the code AF-EXSOCM-4U. Let us know if you need any advice.

Do I really have to label everything with my child’s name?

Yes please! Unsurprisingly, more than one person buys a head torch from Cotswold Outdoor, or a black waterproof, or a pair of wellies, and these things are often left lying about… The kit pile we’re left with at the end of the trip is much easier to sort out if you’ve named everything.


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"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." 


Sir Ranulph Fiennes