To help reduce the risk of infection spreading, the high levels of cleaning requirements and the time period between activities being used, unfortunately most of the bookable activities plus the confidence course and log walk remain CLOSED.

We hope to reopen the Activities in June, dependant on the situation at that time

The site activities you can use currently are the three areas listed below.

We have adapted the Skills for Life activities to give you online access to the information

The Squirrel trail is a new activity we have just put up...a chance to explore Glenny and gather clues.

Pioneering poles and ropes added to the list as being available, so time to get building those pioneering projects.

All these activities need to be supervised and

please maintain Social Distancing and the Covid-19 requirements



Camp Fires / Backwoods Cooking / Barbeques

You can still build fires and cook on, subject to undertaking your own risk assessment of course.

We have wood on site, however, please use sparingly so there is plenty for everyone. There is no need to build up huge fires for an evening’s cooking session. Some kindling and 3 split logs, further split down, is plenty enough in an altar fire to create great cooking embers.

Please ensure the cooking grills have been exposed to the heat of the fire prior to you using them.

When using the ground camp fire you do not need to use much more wood than indicated above.

So, when using either the ground camp fire or altar fires please make sure no food is left behind. Please clear up and clean after your group. Please remember to follow the Fire Factsheet found at

Fire Skills and Building

So another key survival skill and need is to have your own FIRE to cook on, keep you warm and send out signals... 

not forgetting of course for toasting marshmallows!!!

We have provided for you the following guidelines

  • Before you begin
  • Building your fire
  • Example of various types of Fires.

We have a good number of Altar Fires available for you to use when

Fire Lighting.Please collect and return to the storage area

The Glenny Wood factsheet on Fires should be read prior to your visit and practices described followed please

Skills for life

We have created a range of skills for life ideas and our original plan was to have the equipment available.

We have had to adapt this due to Covid-19.

Therefore, by clicking on the links below you can access a range of Skills for Life ideas you may wish to use at Glenny Wood.

Please print off the ideas and don’t forget you will have to bring your own equipment along with your print outs!!

Thanks to Angus for pulling together all this informtion.

Field Studies Activities

Here are some ideas on field study activities you can do with beavers, cubs and Scouts. Activities selected will depend on the learner’s age, stage of development and interests

Click on the headings for the information

Minibeast hunts

  • set out an small (1m square area) for your young people to explore what creatures they can find in it.
  • Use the guides to identify the creatures.

Tree identification

  • Go on a hunt around Glenny wood to find as many varieties of trees as you can
  • Use the Leaf hunt laminated sheets to identify them and see which team gets back with all of them found.
  • Use a leaders / adults phone to photograph them to prove they found them. 

Bird watching

  • Use the posters on the lodge to identify the birds you see around Glenny wood.

Environmental Scavenger hunt

  • Split into small groups – brief on the items and any dangers i.e. berries some being poisonous and some edible and eating leaves unless they know what they are etc.
  • Try to collect as many of the items on the sheets as possible.

Sensory Activities

Some sensory activities you can do with beavers, cubs and Scouts. Activities selected will depend on the learner’s age, stage of development and interests:  Games ideas to cover the following senses

Click on the headings for the information

1. Colour

  • Use the colours and nature laminate to give young people a colour range that you want them to go away and find.
  • Create your own version of the colour wheel using the items found.
  • Or using some sticks create on the floor some ‘picture frames’ so that they can use the items they find to create a picture which can be what every they like but shows  off the colours they were given.

2. Sound

  • Get the young people to identify all the sounds they hear in a given time frame, see how many different noises they hear besides the rumble of the M5.

3. Touch

  • Feel the different trees bark as you go around, understand the differences.
  • Use the Touch Scavenger Hunt and find all the things on it.

4. Blindfold game

  • Split group into pairs.
  • One child chooses a tree while the partner is blindfolded.  First child leads partner to the tree and blindfolded child explores the tree to ‘get to know it’. 
  • Both children return to start point and the blindfold is removed,  children then try to find their trees by remembering size smell form texture etc. 
  • Repeat for the other child and another tree.

5. Sight - old CDs needed

  • Find any area where the trees overhang the ground not hard at Glenny.  Explain that you are going to go on a tree top walk and you will need your magic mirror to keep safe.  Give each child a cd and check that they can hold it at chin or end of nose level and look into it to see the objects above them. 
  • Take the children down to the woods and form a follow my leader line one hand on th shoulder of the child in front on hand holding the CD in place. 
  • Take the children for a walk under and between the trees commenting on things you can see above.

Morse Code

Morse Code -

  • Guidence on using Morse Code 
  • Games to play using Morse Code
  • Dont forget to bring with you
    • Torches
    • Paper
    • Pen / Pencils.


Tracking -

  • Guidelines on laying trails
  • Ideas of Games to play
  • Items you may wish to bring with you

Glenny’s very own - Squirrel Trail

This activity is a chance for you to explore Glenny and have a lot of fun finding the Squirrel signs around the site. 

Bluebell plants are growing on the slopes at Glenny. So please be Bluebell aware and remember the plants make the ground slippery. See further information and Risk Assessment - RA

There are 26 numbered signs (1-26) - with letters A to Z on them placed within the site for you to find and make a note of the letter. 

To undertake this activity there are various ways you can run it,

Firstly with the MAP

A - Give the Young People a copy of the Map with the signs position marked, in red, and numbers and they are ready to go…..

B - Give the Young People a copy of the MAP with just the signs position marked, in red, and they have to number them

C- Give the Young People a copy of the MAP with just the signs position marked, in red, and in advance you have added the numbers to the signs position dots you wish them to go to.

D - Give the Young People a blank copy of the MAP and they have to mark the positions and also number them

Please note you will need to print a master map per couple of groups for the YP to copy from. Don’t forget to collect the master map before they go sign hunting!!

3 suggestions below on how to then run the evening….

1 - Explore and just collect the letters - set a target of say 10 letters in 40 minutes…..

2 - Similar to one, although this time collect all the letters and use them to complete the anagram …. You can either use our examples or make up you own.

3 - As you will see in the sheets each letter has a value against them. Set a number and the young people go to the point make a note of the letter and then they get the points…. You could do this a couple of ways - 

  • Points collected when added together must equal a specific number.
  • Points when collected must be greater than

We have the answer details for the course, although this is not published on the website. To request the answer sheet please complete the simple form here

PDF Copy of - Squirrel Trail -

Map, Locations and Numbers


PDF Copy of - Squirrel Trail -

Map and Locations


Anagrams to follow

PDF Copy of -

Blank Gleny Wood Site Map


Squirrel Trail numbered locations

clues and points


Factsheet - all the info you need to set up and run the activitiy -Info >>>>>

Risk Assessments - Draft form for you to review and amend to meet the risks associated with your use of the equipment and Young People - Info >>>>>


Scout Pioneering is the original big build. Challenge yourself to build out of wood poles and rope, a project that you could perhaps climb over, slide down, catapult an object, create a gateway… and much more.


Let your imagination work with your knotting, lashing and pioneering skills to build something spectacular

At Glenny Wood we have a fabulous range of poles from 3 feet to 12 feet in length and rope.


The poles and lots of blue rope are available in the pole store.


If you want to build something spectacular tells us your plans and we will see if we have the kit.


If you need advice / help just let us know.


Some ideas to get you thinking can be found at or other websites

Don’t forget the John Sweet book on Scout Pioneering. It’s a few years old but really good…..

To help you run the activity I have produced the following information for guidance and to be followed please

Factsheet - all the info you need to set up and run the activitiy - Info>>>>

Risk Assessments - Draft form for you to review and amend to meet the risks associated with your use of the equipment and Young People - Info>>>>

Packing away guidelines have been produced to help you tidy up the activity and put everything away. - Info>>>>

Be safe - follow the factsheet

Have FUN