Gilwell Park estate was purchased in early 1919 by William De Bois Maclaren, a publisher and Scout Commissioner from Rosneath, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. During a business trip to London, Maclaren was saddened to see that Scouts in the East End had nowhere suitable to have amazing outdoor adventures. Maclaren bought the estate for the Scout Association. P.B. Nevill, Scout Commissioner for the East End first took his Rover Scouts to begin repairing the estate on 17 April 1919 and it was officially opened on 26 July 1919.
The White House today serves as a versatile event venue and hotel. Any income generated goes back into supporting Scouting in the UK, changing the lives of young people.
‘From start to finish the whole experience was friendly, efficient and professional. The feedback from all attendees has been extremely complimentary, with all complimenting the range of activities - and the patience of the instructors - the great food and location and the friendliness of the whole Gilwell team. Thank you for a great couple of days.’
Blacks Outdoor Retail (Events)
Meet the team
With 30 years of experience as event specialists and having supported thousands of people to make their events happen, it is our pleasure to help turn dreams into reality.
Our team ensure that we deliver first class customer service and attention to detail is of the highest priority.
We hold an Investors in People Silver accreditation. The accreditation is a sign that we are a great employer, an outperforming place to work with a clear commitment to sustainability. Something we’re very proud of.
Gilwell Park London is owned and managed by The Scout Association. For over 100 years, we have delivered opportunities and activities to millions of young people. We are founded on our famous Scout Values and are proud to offer our expertise to a new generation of young people. All income we generate goes back into Scouting to change lives in the UK.