We offer the following activities for your enjoyment while you are staying at Cricket Camp.

Groups of about 10 are ideal for most activities for each one-hour session. All of the activities are offered by the campsite throughout the year, and are available during the evening and at weekends, weather permitting.  Please note that we are no longer able to provide qualified activity instructors to run archery, climbing, abseiling, tomahawks and rifle shooting sessions, you will need to find your own appropriately qualified instructor to run these activities. We will require instructors to provide a copy of their Adventurous Activity Permit or activity qualification before we can confirm activity bookings for climbing, abseiling, archery or rifle shooting.


Tower Complex 

We have new refurbished tower with one abseiling face and one climbing face along with an entrance to a training tunnel for caving. All equipment will be supplied. These will normally be booked as separate activities.


Recommended Minimum age of participants: 6 years of age (depending on size of the child).

An Adventurous Activity Permit in abseiling is required to run this activity. 



Recommended Minimum age of participants: 6 years of age (depending on size of the child).

An Adventurous Activity Permit in climbing is required to run this activity. 



This activity is a self led activity by adults from the participating group. 

Note 2:  Wear suitable clothing for getting wet and muddy, a boiler suit or similar is provided, also a small torch is advisable to bring with you.



The purpose built bouldering wall is available for hire to all ages. This activity is a self led activity by adults from the participating group.

Note: Suitable footwear is required.



A number of bows suitable for use by children and adults are available, in a controlled and safe environment.

An Adventurous Activity Permit for Archery is required to run this activity. 


Air Rifle Shooting

Our .177 air rifles are used on an indoor range.

Note 3: Parental Consent Form required for all under 18 year olds

Instructors require a minimum of a NSRA Youth Proficiency Scheme Tutors to run this activity.


Laser Tag

Laser Tag is a shooting game similar to paintball and air soft. The biggest difference between Laser Tag and other sports, however, is that Laser Tag is you’ll never have to wear safety equipment because players don’t shoot pellets or paint balls. Minimum age 6 years old. 20 guns are available for 2 hour sessions. The activity is self led by adults from the participating group. 


Tomahawk throwing 

In this activity you learn to throw Tomahawks and small hawks.

You do need experience to run this activity. 


Tree Climbing 

Cricket Camp is home to Social Tree Climbers which run tree climbing sessions in amongst the woods we have on site. To book this exciting activity please contact Syd directly via the Social Tree Climbers website which also gives a bit more detail on the activity. 

Minimum age participants: 6 years old



Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking sessions are available at our Itchen South District Scout Canoe Centre based at Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh, Southampton approximately half a mile north of Junction 5 on the M27. This provides non-tidal facilities on a lake complex where we carry out the majority of our canoeing, which is classified Scout B1.  All Canoe Centre instructors hold the appropriate Scout Association Adventurous Activity Permits.

You are also welcome to bring your own boats. 

If you have your own boats and qualified instructors there is access to the River Hamble within the River Hamble Country Park, at most times of the tide, it's classified Scout B1 (tidal).  

In addition to the above, our neighbours at the QE2 Activity Centre, have kindly agreed to hire their paddlesports equipment out to Scout & Guide groups using Cricket Camp (weekends and school holidays). Their kit is stored in a compound on the River Hamble within the country park itself. They have five single and five double 'sit on' kayaks as well as 6 open (Canadian) canoes. The hire of the equipment comes with buoyancy aids and paddles. Instructors running sessions using the QE2 centre equipment must have a minimum of a British Canoe Padddlesports Level 1 Instructor qualification and evidence of running sessions on tidal waters. Please note that a Scout Adventurous Activity Permit alone will not suffice to run sessions with the QE2 centre equipment. There is also the option of requesting a QE2 centre instructor to run the session for you, but this is subject to availability and there is an additional charge of £35 per hour. The hire of the equipment etc is all bookable via Cricket Camp. 



Cricket Camp is home to River Hamble Pétanque Club and the court is available to use with a club instructor. 

Pétanque is a sport that falls into the category of boules sports, along with raffa, bocce, boule lyonnaise, lawn bowls and crown green bowling. All of these sports share something in common, in that players or teams play their boules/balls towards a target ball.

In Pétanque the objective is to score points by having boules closer to the target than your opponent after all boules have been thrown. This is achieved by projecting boules closer to the target, called a cochonnet, or by hitting the opponents' boules away from the target, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.


Go Karts

We currently have three pedal Go Karts for hire. Each kart can have a driver and passenger. Each Go Kart comes with 2 helmets.


Activitiy In A Box

We have a few 'Activity In A Box' boxes for hire, these include slacklining (one for Beaver/Cubs and one for Scouts/Explorers), nature detection, soft archery, ball games, parachute games and water rockets. All of these are self led activities and do not require a qualified instructor. In the box includes a list of contents, instructions and a risk assessment.

Slack lining - All the kit you need to set up a slack lining course to test participants balance skills.

Nature detection - Explore the site to detect the various bugs and animals that live at Cricket Camp. The kit includes pooters and an electronic bat detector.

Soft archery - Archery but instead of pointed arrows the arrows are tipped with suckers! Suitable for all ages and can be self led, no instructor required. Equipment can be used anywhere on site and there is no maximum numbers per session.

Ball games - Tennis balls, footballs, rounders bat, cone markers.

Parachute games - A 12 feet diameter and 20 feet diameter parachutes for various games.

Water rockets - All the kit required to construct and launch water rockets.

Disc (Frisbee) golf - Frisbees and buckets to design and play your own course.



The site has equipment available for hire so you can create your own course depending on the ability of your group.



The site has equipment available for hire. You can create your own course to suit the ability of your group or use the pre-programmed course on site which is suitable for the younger sections.



The site has 12 pioneerings poles (Six 5 metre and six 2 metre) available for hire. There is also some rope available but for larger or more specialised projects you may wish to bring your own rope.


Campfire Circlecamp fire

We have a large campfire circle available with a stage and can seat up to 80 people. Wood is available onsite and only natural wood is allowed to be burnt.



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