In 2006-7 the Jack Petchey Foundation made a £1 million donation to the Scouts to enable them to build a new lodge at the Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre. In 2016 we gave almost £1 million more to support a new International Volunteer Lodge.
Jack Petchey Lodge
Both lodges are in Gilwell Park located in the beutiful Epping Forrest. The first lodge was named the Jack Petchey Lodge. It is a fantastic place for Scouts to stay, with accommodation for up to 50 people, separate group leader/teacher room, a large main hall and equipped with the internet, projector, DVD player, freeview and sound system etc.
The International Volunteer Lodge will accommodate volunteers from around the world.
The 52 bed lodge now has volunteers from as far away as Mexico and South Africa. Resembling a Scandinavian home it is predominantly timber framed with a large social space constructed using glulam beams and includes a two storey sleeping area. This provides 26 double bedrooms and an accessible bedroom, all with en-suite facilities. The single storey social spaces include a drying and boot room, laundry room, open space kitchen, dining and lounge area, quiet room and cinema style room to allow volunteers to relax after long days.