Welcome to Jordan Heights.   (The Home of Reigate Camping)

Jordan Heights is a secluded campsite near Reigate. It was once a hillside garden for a member of the Royal Society. During World War 2 it was used to house an army pigeon loft. The site has been leased to Girl guiding Surrey East from the National Trust for 50 years. As a District we would like to take the Camp site on and turn it into Reigate District Site’s very own Camp Site.

This is a unique site, hidden away, but within 15 minutes of Reigate Station. An ideal place to walk into or out of from most Scout groups in the District.

Jordan Heights is on the wooded slop of Reigate Hill, within easy access of Junction 8 of the M25, access is via a bridle way and a zig zag path with steps. It is well equipped for camps of up to 50 persons. It is to be leased by the National Trust to Reigate District Scouts. The site is on three levels with a large hut on the main camping level.

If you want to be a backwoodsman or camp in the traditional way, this is the place for you- it has seclusion, mains water, a wash block, chemical toilets, solar lights and gas. Hopefully electricity in the near future via a small generator. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer, network and Leaders will love it.

POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENTS

Additional car parking

Generator for electricity for lighting and fridge.

Upgraded toilet and wash facilities.

Permanent orienteering course

Permanent Geocaching course

Establish a chapel on site

To improve the camp fire circle

Additional water outlets

Increase activities with Archery and pioneering

Improve the safety of the perimeter and security.

Frequently, following a walk across Headley Heath I have to remove a tick or two from the dog – horrible parasites that look like white grapes. About the middle of April I walked my dog over Headley Heath. In the evening I noticed that my ankle was sore.  On investigation I found a large angry looking swelling topped by a tick.  I removed the tick and expected the swelling to go, however 7 days later the leg was seriously swollen from foot to knee and a visit to the doctor was necessary.  Lyme disease was a possibility and a course of antibiotics prescribed.  A seven day course, the swelling reduced but has still not gone and the redness has faded.

The doctor suggested that when walking/hiking it is a good idea to tuck trousers into socks – what happens with short trousers I don’t know.  Lyme disease can be a killer and is difficult to diagnose.

How do we risk assess that situation – it is the first time it has happened to me.

Malcolm

Over 40 Explorer Scouts formed ten different teams in this years Great Escape. The format this year was changed and the Explorers started out at Ranmore Camp site near Dorking on the Friday night where they learned survival skills before the 34th Reigate (Meadvale) slept under basher for the night in temperatures of minus 4. In the morning all the teams set off for Bentley Copse camp site 16km away. They had to avoid capture (hit by flour bombs) by the hunter force and visit seven different bases en route.  The bases included unmanned and manned base; there was a mine field, Aerial Endeavour, Artillery manoeuvre with the large canons (Royal; tournament style) on Boxhill and the spider web of Doom. When the group arrived at Bentley Copse they had to cook dinner and were then sent out on a covert night reconnaissance trying to find out what the enemy were doing at their base.  Sunday morning saw the Explorers up early again and off on more challenges including Bombardment, Armoury and 4x4 rescue. They arrived back at Bentley Copse for the final assault which saw the 40 odd Explorers take on the few leaders in a massive floor bomb attack trying to capture secret cards.

The winning group was the 34th Reigate (Meadvale) Griffins Patrol. This was the second year running that the 34th Reigate(Meadvale) have won the trophy.