Purchased in 1954 by Avon Scouts for use as a Scout campsite it operates primarily as an activity and training centre for young people and adult leaders of Avon Scouts. The centre is also used by local schools and other youth-based organisations to deliver outdoor adventure.
In April 2011 the management of the site was taken over by The Scout Association following the granting by Avon Scouts of a long lease (50 Years) on the site. This change in management from a local team to become part of the National Scout organisation meant that Woodhouse Park Activity Centre become one of a number of centres across the country run by the Scout Association on a not-for-profit basis.
Over the ten years from 2011 to 2021 the partnership with The Scout Association has seen investment in the activity centre take place with the establishment of the high ropes adventure facility, improvements to the accommodation lodges and the refurbishment of the existing toilet blocks. However, it has not been possible as originally envisaged for The Scout Association to access the major funding streams that would have enabled it to undertake the key components of a major development plan for the Activity Centre.
The impact of the CoVID pandemic on the national finances means that The Scout Association are no longer in a position to meet either the ongoing day to day capital needs or the investment that is required to upgrade the facilities of Woodhouse Park Activity Centre. They have therefore giving notice to Avon County Scout Council that they will be terminating the lease as from October 2021.
Avon Scouts are developing plans for the future of the centre. Read about the future plans here.