Jordan heights Scout Camp Site(My Second Home)

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. Reigate District Scouts took over the lease of the campsite from the National Trust on the 1st November 2011: the site having previously been leased to Girl Guiding Surrey East since September 1952.

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 slope 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 suited for camps of up to 40 persons. The site is on three levels with a large hut known as Doreen's Lodge on the main camping level. This has an open fire place and lighting from a generator.

If you want to be a backwoodsman or camp in the traditional way, this is the place for you. It has seclusion, mains water, two wash stations and four toilets with lighting run by a generator. There are tables and benches and lots of different garden games available for use by groups.We have an archery range, a rifle shooting range and assault course.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer, Network and Leaders will love it

The escarpment, incorporating Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, is a splendid area for walkers. Its views are breathtaking, taking in the Weald and the South Downs. If you look up the escarpment from the A25, you can still clearly see the former stone quarries. Reigate stone was quarried here along with chalk, which was used in many local buildings. Greensand was also quarried for hearthstones and firestone.Reigate Fort on the Reigate Hill was one of 13 mobilisation centres built in the 1890s to protect London from invasion, although none of them ever saw action.The 60 hectares (149 acres) of Reigate Hill have been bought by the Trust in pockets from 1912 onwards, mainly with money raised locally and bequests from individuals. Gatton Park was acquired through two bequests; from Sir Jeremiah Colman and Mr A G Dibble.All of this is available just a short walk from the Camp Site.

SPENCER (Camp Site Warden)

Spencer is the Warden of the Camp site he started in May 2011. 

GNAS / Archery GB Leader & NSRA Rifle instructor Range Marshall 

He is also a District First Aider instructor

Spencer started the Explorer Unit at the 34th Reigate (Meadvale) in 2003 and left in late 2014. Previously he was Scout Leader at the 34th for the previous twelve years. Before that he was Assistant Scout leader and before that he was a Helper and a Skills Instructor in Scouts. He also helped at Beavers for three years. Spencer has also been the groups Group Scout leader four times, also holding the position of District Commissioner for Scouts for Reigate in the past. He is the longest serving member in history with the group with thirty six years under his belt. 

He started his Scouting career in the 14th Reigate Dovers Green Cubs being seconder and then a sixer before becoming a Scout at the 34th in 1977. He was made Assistant Patrol Leader then Patrol Leader and then Senior Patrol Leader. He won the Wheel of Progress best Scout in 1980 (2009 saw his son Tristan win it the first time ever a father and son have won the award) In 2012 younger son Aaron followed it by winning it. As a Leader he has received his long Service Award for 15 and 25 years (in 2008) and his Medal of Merit in 1999. Qualified First Aider for 31 years. He has Leaders Wood Beads in Scouts and Explorers .Has has gained several certificates in Child protection and NSPCC Fullstop. Has also completed a full NVQ in leadership through Scouting. He is also an advanced mini Bus Driver. In October 2011 Spence was awarded the Mayor's Volunteer Award Reigate & Banstead 2011 Highly Commends for his dedication and commitment to voluntary service in the Local Community by the mayor of Reigate and Banstead.

In April 2012 Spence was awarded the Silver Acorn for specially distinguished services to Scouting. Also in April Spence became a qualified GNAS archery instructor.He now Leads archery sessions at Jordan Heights. In February 2013 Spence became an National Small Bore Rifle Association Tutor and range marshal and now leads Rifle shooting at Jordan Heights. In May 2014 he became a District Nights Away adviser. In July 2014 Spence was awarded the Jack Harwood Award for all his hard work with the Camp site.

Camps & Nights 13/10/14

NAME                                    TOTAL CAMPS                              TOTAL  NIGHTS CAMPED

MR SPENCER MITCHELL        288                                               647     

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