1st Willingham Scout Group have just returned from their first underground camp!

“The Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker was operational from the 1950s to the 1980s as the home of central government in time of nuclear war. It is now a cold-war museum and the three-storey underground complex can be hired for an overnight stay.

When operational, the bunker could hold up to 600 personnel and would be completely self-sufficient for over 3 months (thankfully our camps don’t last that long!)

The underground accommodation, coupled with the on-site activity centre ‘Nuclear High Ropes’, was a fantastic venue for the Group camp that we hold every 2 years. We had 70 young people staying overnight, including some of our Beavers on their very first night away from home (what an awesome way to get your first Nights Away badge!).

Our daytime activities included six high-ropes courses, a tunnel complex and the muddiest assault course ever.

The underground bunker canteen has a scarf from every Scout Group that has spent the night underground and it was great to be able to add ours to the display.”