Avondyke Scout Training Centre
Avondyke is situated just outside Stonehouse in the heart of South Lanarkshire.
The site can now be used for day visits in accordance with the amber readiness level for Scouting in Scotland.
Ordinarily, it is available for use for greenfield camping or day visits by local Scout Groups and is ideal for those looking to run a self programming camp and enjoy some traditional Scouting skills.
To check for availability, please email Gary in the regional office.
Getting to Avondyke
Address: Avondyke Scout Campsite, 100 Sidehead Road, Stonehouse, ML9 3PD
OS Grid reference: NS 75365 44004
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/SUDkT5maFBzbRxKGA
- Access to Avondyke is directly in to the car park.
- It is your responsbilty to risk assess all activities that you are carrying out at Avondyke.
- To use our campsite, you must have a greenfield nights away permit for staying overnight. This is your responsibility and please remember to submit your nights away notification to your District Commissioner.
- We enjoy a good working relationship with our neighbours so please respect their property when using our campsite.
- The car park is not large so please ensure that all young people are adequately supervised by your leaders during the drop off/pick up times that you have got planned and do not allow them to play games in that area.
- The campsite is mostly uneven ground which presents a risk for trips, falls and injuries to young people. Please bear this in mind.
- Any accidents or incidents must be reported to the Regional Office ASAP after your event.
- Please also remember that if the accident involves young people being treated by a doctor, dentist or taken to Hospital, even after your visit, you must also report this to Unity, via the Information Centre at UKHQ on 0345 300 1818.
- There is no rubbish collection service from the site so please ensure that you take bin bags with you and take all of your rubbish away from the site. Please do not use our neighbours bins.
- Scout Adventures have produced some excellent guidance on the running of campfires, use of knives, axes and saws and fires here.
- There is a risk assessment template tool and other useful safety advice available online - please ensure that you have completed risk assessments for your activities.
- There are no toilet or water facilities available so please ensure you provide for some basic hygiene standards to be met, e.g. antibacterial gel for young people and adults.
- Please ensure that any fires lit are properly extinguished at the end of your visit.
- In the event of a fire please immediately escort the group to a safe area of the car park, carry out a roll call/head count and alert the emergency services ASAP.
- Please ensure that your young people do not cross any fences that don't have a stile. These are there either to mark out our boundaries or to keep them away from hazards.
- Please remember to brief your young people on the dangers of eating flora and fauna that may appear to look like fruits or vegetables but could be dangerous and ensure that their hands are cleaned with antibacterial gel at the end of their visit.
- All groups must have immediate access to someone who has a current first aid qualification, minimum First Response. The level of first aid competence required for each event will be determined by the event risk assessment.
- The site must be left in the condition it is found.