On site

Barnswood scout camp site has a good range of on site activities please see below for the full selection and details of activities.


The activity area comprises a number of elements including bridges, platforms, balance beams, monkey bars and a tyre swing, this area is for the use of under 14’s only and is opposite our low ropes course.

Young people must be supervised at all times by their warranted leaders ensuring the rules on the activity area are kept too.

This area can be used at anytime during daylight hours for a maximum of 2 hours but if you intend to use it as a planned part of your programm please check availability with the booking warden.


This is a tarmaced area with a badminton/volleyball net and basket ball nets. Please note you will need to provide your own balls.

This area can be used at anytime during daylight hours for a maximum of 2 hours but if you intend to use it as a planned part of your program please check availability with the booking warden.


We do allow campfires on all the sites although only in altar fires which must be raised a minimum of 12 inches off the ground as Barnswood is set on peat therefore at high risk of catching fire. There are stands and altar fires available for groups to borrow please ask the warden on duty if you require one and ensure that it is returned at the end of your camp in the same condition.


The low ropes course is for ages 8 right through to adults the course comprises of 26 new and challenging elements ending with the exhilarating zip line.

The low ropes course is now £2 per person. Groups wanting to book the low ropes must book a time slot with the warden as soon as possible. Groups of up to 20 will be given an hour session, larger groups will be
given a larger time slot. To use the low ropes course all warranted leaders that will be supervising must read and sign a form which is available from the duty warden to ensure everyone’s safety.

MUSEUM (now reopened after a major refurbishment)

Our Museum has a large selection of memorabilia related to the scouting movement as a whole and also within our district of Macclesfield and Congleton. It is curated by our very own Trevor MacKay and Tracy Parry, who also open the museum to groups and are happy to give a tour and talk to your group about the range of interesting items it holds and the stories behind them.

(To contact them about seeing the museum speak to the booking warden when organising your visit – or use the camp booking form.)


This professional orienteering course was designed for our site by the potteries orienteering club, it involves 3 difficulty levels and is situated within the campsites boundaries and the area covers a range of on and off path terrain to add extra difficulty and create a more interesting course. Packs for the orienteering course can be purchased on site at a cost of £1.50 per pack (these must not to be copied as copyright is owned by potteries orienteering club)


Barnswood has the ideal terrain on site due to the types of trees and undergrowth and therefore lends itself to shelter building so there are numerous places on site that this can be done, if you want to include shelter building in your camp programme speak to the booking warden to find out where the best location is for your activity.