Hire of Outdoor Centre

The Centre


New build will have New kitchen: showers & toliets: electricity: office space and disabled access. we hope to have WIFI access also and data ports


The Centre is owned and managed by the First Easingwold Scout Group. It is used for local Community, youth groups; schools etc.

It is the Home of the Easingwold District Explorer Unit (Tuesday Evenings) and the 1st Easingwold Scout Troop (Wednesday evenings) and they are joined in summer months by the Groups Cubs (Monday) and Beavers (Tuesdays).



Will be reviewed in 2020 with new build

Per head per night £5, this includes the day rate)

Per person per day £2

For evening hire 2-3 hours - £15

Archery equipment and qualified staff 2-3 hours – please contact us separately.


Payment direct to bank please inform Treasurer Anna Warren (anna.warren758@btinternet.com)

Barclays Banks

Acc: 70951579Sort code: 204545

Acc name 1st Easingwold (Forest of Galtres) Scout Group


The Grounds

It is located on flood plains and surrounded by farmland (Mainly Sheep and Arable). It enjoys all of nature, with much wildlife, bunnies; wasps; owls; bats; etc.

The land drains well, it has a beck going through. There are many trees and the management ensure these are checked and managed regularly.

There is fences around the water courses, but land does slip occasionally, so we warn those hiring to be extra careful near the water course edges.

The grounds has a shooting range, and the Group has Archery equipment and quilted staff to hire.

Mobile coverage is usually fine in the area, but worthwhile checking


The Hut - we will be posting new picture of New Hut shortly

Old Hut - was an old hut, it has 3 entrances, 2 toilets, 3 sinks, store room, wood heater, and kitchen area. Kitchen has 2 sinks, work surfaces. The sinks must NOT have food put down them. Kitchen and toilets require cleaning resources being brought (Including Toilet role) these must also be cleaned after use.

There is a first aid kit and accident book – please inform us if it is used.

Store room, this is used for the group. The group is fine with this equipment being used as long as it is replaced if broken. The store room must be kept tidy.

There are two bins, but bin bags will be required. ALL RUBBISH MUST BE TAKEN AWAY.

The hut is supplied with a generator – this is currently for the group use only.


Hazards & Risks:

This is not exhaustive list, but we hope it supports hirers own risk assessment.

·         Wild animals – bites; stings; poisoning

·         Fauna – trees & plants – falling trees; falls; stings; cuts

·         Fire – burns; fire

·         Water – drowning; poisoning

·         Flood plain – flooding

·         Hygiene – outdoor centre is cleaned regularly but should be cleaned before each use – food poisoning; illness

·         Environment – weather extremes; flooding; sun burn; wind burn (this is often forgotten)

·         Activities – this is for users to do, but don’t forget knifes; axes extra



The site has been continuously used as a children’s activity and camping area since 1978 when Easingwold Town Council granted a lease to 1st Easingwold Scout Group for one acre of land.

The site’s cabin was erected in 1979. Originally in Easingwold’s New Inn Yard it is believed to date from the 1930s. It was used by the Ministry of Food and later became Easingwold’s labour exchange. It was donated to the scouts who secured planning consent to erect it in its present position with the addition of a toilet and washroom area.

In 2010 a public meeting in Easingwold backed a proposal to improving young people's access to the outdoors by opening the site to schools and other organised youth groups.

The Easingwold Outdoor Centre Project was established with support from Easingwold Town Council, Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and a number of local businesses to create a not-for-profit, safe, versatile rural space where supervised, pre-booked groups of young people could enjoy outdoor activities, education and camping. The project has been adopted as a priority by the Easingwold and Villages Community Forum.

More than 300 under-18s and 85 teachers and youth group leaders responded to a consultation exercise conducted with help from Hambleton District Council to determine what facilities would be needed to achieve the project’s aims. Quiet, sustainable outdoor space, modern toilet/wash facilities and renewable energy sources in the cabin were key requirements.

Funding from Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Easingwold District Scouts and a local benefactor was used to purchase and fence four acres of adjacent woodland and grassland and to plant several hundred trees.


Improvement projects: The cabin was in a poor state, leaning from north to south, with a leaking asbestos sheet roof and inadequate toilet and kitchen facilities. the Hut is being replaced with a new Hut with electricuty mains water. kitchen showers and office space. 

Over the past four years the site has been used by up to 200 children per week in supervised groups of 10 to 40 children at a time for a mixture of part day/day use and overnight camps, predominantly between April and September. The site has been booked by, among others: local nursery schools; primary schools; Scout and Guide groups; Duke of Edinburgh Award groups; the Boys Brigade, a North Yorkshire pupil referral unit; and North Yorkshire Police. Future usage is expected to be maintained at current levels.


1st Easingwold (Forest of Galtres (FOG)) Scout Group
Scout Centre, Chase Garth Road, Easingwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 3GG
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