About Us



The Camp encourages young people to discover and enjoy the countryside.

The beautiful location itself offers an exciting adventure to many of our young visitors. Amidst the fun and freedom, they can learn important skills: teamwork, making their own entertainments, taking responsibility. There’s evidence that a strong connection with nature brings physical and psychological benefits. Yet many young people may be losing that connection.

In the 1950’s, Shropshire policeman Bill Williams and his wife Hetty began giving holidays to boys from Wolverhampton. In 1959, Bill borrowed farmland and equipment and ran the first Camp for about 20 boys. By 1978, there were two camps and 83 boys. In the same year, we also acquired our superb permanent site, apparently remote, yet only a few miles from the picturesque town of Church Stretton. See History (Link) to learn more about our early days.

Photo, right: Bill Williams and Friends

Originally, Bill and his volunteer teams ran the Camps themselves. Now, we let our facilities to recognised child welfare, social and educational groups, many of whom return year after year. But the Camp’s management and operation is still largely run by volunteers. And we’re always in need of more.

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The Camp’s traditional style remains very popular. 100% of those completing our annual survey rated our countryside location “good” or “excellent” (with 92% rating it “excellent”). 98% rated their overall experience of the Camp “good” or “excellent”. All other categories – individual facilities, costs, ease of use - were rated “good” or “excellent” by 83-100%.





We’re proud to hold the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the “MBE” for Voluntary Groups). It’s a tribute to all those who’ve given their time and skills to the Camp.

Get involved

The Camp receives no regular funding from public authorities.  So we depend on the generosity of volunteers and donors.  

As volunteers, we need enthusiasts with business, IT, social media or DIY skills to give their time and expertise.
As a donor, you can give a holiday to a deserving child who might otherwise go without - and help to secure the Camp’s future.

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Testimonials

"Freedom for the children - great new cabins, ability to have a campfire. Flexible site to manage in all weathers. Thank you for this great facility"

"Kids and leaders love the fact that we have a campsite to ourselves with no hassle"

“Location is ideal for DOE, isolated enough to give teams that wild feel, but facilities nearby if needed”

“We used the Camp as the overnight for a Scout Challenge Badge – Expedition and it completely provided all we could wish for and more”

“The total seclusion and peace and quiet”

“A great place, location is perfect, facilities are brilliant”


Book Now

We open March-October and you can book fully or partly (sole occupancy guaranteed) for one night or more. It costs £13 per person/night for a bunkhouse, £9 for camping. Regular bunkhouses sleep 4-6 and include mattresses but not bedding.

Remember, we can help children or groups who can’t pay. Our Bill Williams funds can cover accommodation, transport and catering costs.

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