Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean Scout District is in a corner of Gloucestershire, tucked away between the rivers Wye and Severn. The Forest District is a magical place, in beautiful and extraordinary surroundings.

It is a fantastic location for Scouting, the Forest has many miles of Forest footpath walks and dedicated cycle routes, but it also has great opportunities for other activities from canoeing miles on the Wye, or Mallards Pike, to climbing and abseiling, raft building and high wire courses. Perfect for scouting.

The District is well spread out, with groups in most towns, and quite active with a variety of District activities such as: Water Days, Backwoods Challenge, Cooking Competitions, Swimming/5-a-side/Archery competitions, District Badge weekends, and so on.

Now you're here, wander around and have a look, or contact us using the form here.

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We have been looking for a new volunteer District Commissioner. We are coming close to the end of the process (we think).

Nominations for the role have been received and a choice of individuals have been submitted to the County Commissioner for consideration.

Paul Trott is handing over to the incoming acting County Commissioner, Lewis Dangerfield, this week so it is likely to be a week or two (ish) before we hear anything back.

District Campsite

The Forest of Dean District campsite is in a corner of Lydney Deerpark.  It is available for Scout/Guide camps of any duration, even just an overnight stay.  The season starts on Good Friday each year and runs through to August Bank Holiday.  Booking can take place at any time, with a £20 deposit, but we need to give at least 5 weeks notice of a booking.  Enquiries to the Warden can be made via the "contact us" form.

Water Activities

Seriously good fun, never mind the weather.


Our Third JOTI/JOTA was held at Severnbanks School in 2015. In the IT suite we linked to Internet Relay Chat to make links with Scouts worldwide and used amateur radio contacts too. We completed 3 scout badge sessions, Chef, Mechanic and Electronics. We're planning an even bigger International event for 2016.


For details of District Dates see the Calendar pages

Young Leader Training

Young Leader training runs on the 3rd Sunday of every month, midday to 3.30pm, September to April.

We’re now running Training Module A three times each year, in January, April and September. This session is for anyone aged 14-18 helping with a scout section (that includes: Young Leaders, Potential Young Leaders, Explorer Scouts who want to be awarded the YL Badge, DoE volunteers and children of leaders/helpers aged 14-18 who help with section nights).  The training will cover the complete Module A "Prepare for Take Off" syllabus.

The 2016 programme for YL training has been amended to reflect the recent programme changes.

Our first YL belt buckle has been awarded and the second is due shortly.