Practical information – summer camps

Important things to know when you are going to visit Houens Odde

Practical information

Arrival and departure

When you arrive at Houens Odde pleace proceed down the road towards the forest. Follow the signs saying ‘Aktivitetscenter’, which is the Activity Centre. Your camp leader will greet you in the forest. If you arrive outside the normal arrival hours you have to register in the Idea Workshop at the Activity Center. Then you will be guided to you campsite.

Arrival is always on Saturdays from 14 o’clock.

Notice that gear and luggage can’t be brought all the way to your campsite in your own car or bus. Instead you have to load it on a tractor waggon for a short distance through the forest. The scouts must be prepared to carry their own luggage from the car park to your campsite.

A bus can’t drive all the way to the Activity Center. Call the camp leader at your arrival to the scout center. Then you will get the advice needed for reaching your campsite.

How to get to Houens Odde

Houens Odde International Scout Center is a peninsula in the Kolding Fjord, about 10 km from Kolding.

Our address is:

Houens Odde 14-20
DK-6000 Kolding

Notice that large busses can’t drive all the way through the forest. We transport your equipment on the center’s tractors.

Public transportation

There are trains to Kolding from Germany and from all parts of Denmark..

The nearest airport is Billund and from there you can take the public busses to Kolding.

On workdays (Monday to Friday) there is a public bus connection between Kolding and Middelfart which stops at the road close to Houens Odde. From the bus stop there is about 1,5 km walk to Stensgaarden which is the first part of the centre and about 3,5 km to the Gilwell Huts which are the most distant part of Houens Odde.

The city bus line goes to Nr. Bjert seven days a week. From the bus stop in Nr. Bjert there is about 8 km to the most distant part of Houens Odde.

Further information about public busses in the web service Rejseplanen.dk

Hire a bus

You can also hire a bus for your transport from the bus company Egeskov Turistfart – http://www.egeskovturist.dk/ . Call the company or send an email to book a bus or ask about prices. When you book, please inform the bus company which facility you are going to, so the bus company knows where to drop you off.

For small groups it may be cheaper to hire a taxi from Kolding to Houens Odde. Taxis are available for 4 or 8 persons.

Departure
Before leaving Houens Odde you have to clean your campsite and get the area checked by the camp leader. After his or her approval you can leave Houens Odde.

Departure is on Saturdays at 12 o’clock or earlier.

Activities

When signing up for a center camp you can choose three activities that your group wants to try during the camp.

You can read about the various activities at this website. There is a wide range from handicraft to climbing, sailing and nature games.

Read about the activities here.

Note that not all activities are offered every week. We want trained instructors in all activities. If there are not the relevant competencies in the staff we may have to cancel an activity.

Joint activities

In a typical center week a palette of joint activities will be offered for all scout and guide groups.

It can be:

  • Opening campfire
  • Closing campfire
  • A whole or a half joint day with thematic activities
  • Night race for small scouts and guides
  • Night race for older scouts and guides
  • Leaders’ get together
  • Morning prayer
  • Daily flag ceremony

Participation is voluntary but the joint activities is a good way to get to know the other scout and guide groups in the camp.

 

Hikes and excursions

For groups who want to go hiking and explore the area around Houens Odde there are lots of interesting possibilities. Also the city of Kolding can be reached on a hike.

The idea workshop have suggestions for the target of the trip and they can also suggest a place to stay overnight in the area around Houens Odde.

Camp sites

During a center camp at Houens Odde scout and guide groups have their own camp sites, surrounded by forest, fjord and open fields. Often large groups have their own campsite while smaller groups may get to share a camp site with another group.

The campsites have fixed fireplaces and extra portable fireplaces can be added if there are more groups in the campsite. Due to protection of the area digging in the campsites is not allowed. Therefore all pioneering constructions must be made to stand on the ground and every group can borrow a barrel for waste water.

Pioneering poles are available in all campsites.

Firewood can be picked up at the Activity Center and is included in the participation fee.

Water posts with cold water are placed outside the toilet houses as well as in the forest. The water in these taps are fit for human consumption.

Cars must be parked in the parking lots and driving to the campsites is not allowed. Instead the camp staff can offer a tractor for transporting heavy luggage. 

Important buildings

Mosehuset
Mosehuset (the Marsh House) serves as a creative workshop at Houens Odde. The house is stuffed with tools and materials for felting, leather work, wood carving, smithery and much more.

Mosehuset is situated between the Activity Center and the Gilwell Huts – follow the path from the gravel road. 

The workshop
The workshop is the working area for the volunteer center workers – the Houmen. From the workshop groups in the camp can borrow a wheelbarrow for transporting firewood or you can borrow rope and other equipment.

The Nature Workshop (OPDATERES)
Materials for nature activities are found in the Activity Center. Here groups can borrow and return boxes with equipment for the activities.

Tutten
Tutten is one of the buildings at the Activity Center. It is furnished with tables and benches. During center camps Tutten serves as a sitting room for the camp participants.

In Tutten you can borrow a wide range of games.

In Tutten you can get the mail for your group and you can charge your cell phone.

Idea Workshop
In the Idea Workshop planning of joint activities and the group’s activities takes place. The Idea Workshop is the largest building at the Activity Center and here you can also get first aid service. You can borrow activity materials, maps for hike etc. If you need help with something the Houmen in the Idea Workshop can help you.

The sailing bridge
Most of the sailing activities are run from the sailing bridge close to the Activity Center. 
Due to safety issues you are only allowed to enter the sailing bridge when wearing a life vest. Swimming is not allowed from the sailing bridge.

Groceries and food storage

Places to shop:

Spar: 2,5 km – Nr. Bjertvej 72, 6000 Kolding

Aldi: 4 km – Lyshøj Alle 6, 6000 Kolding

Rema1000: 4,5 km – Gefionvej 12, 6000 Kolding

Super Brugsen: 5 km – Adelvej 7, 7000 Fredericia

Netto: 6 km – Petersbjerggård 6B, 6000 Kolding

Fakta: 7 km – Adelvej 63, 7000 Fredericia

 

The Candy Shop

During center camps a small candy shop is available at the Activity Center. You can buy candy, ice cream, soda and Houens Odde souveniers.

The candy shop is open twice a day, typically after lunch and after dinner.

Cold storage

We have cold storage facilities for each group where milk and other perishable food can be stored. Each group will get a shelf and the groups will take turns to keep the room clean.

A list will be put on the door, telling when your group is responsible for cleaning.

Renting camping materials

Houens Odde has a limited amount of tents and boxes of cooking equipment for rental.

If you want to rent some equipment then please note it while signing up for a camp. You can contact the center office for rental fees at houensodde@houensodde.dk.

Sorting your waste

Houens Odde International Scout Center is a SCENES-centre – a scout center with a special focus on the environment. Therefore we sort our waste.

By choosing our renovation company we have ensured that our garbage will not just be mixed afterwards.
At the first leaders’ meeting we will inform you about the waste system.

Digging in the campsites is not allowed – that is the reason why every group will get a barrel for waste wate instead of digging a hole for it.

Detailed information on waste fractions and sorting at Houens Odde – including download of our waste sorting guide, can be found here:

Information on waste sorting at Houens Odde

General rules

At Houens Odde International Scout Center we have a few but very important rules that we ask you to follow:

  • At Houens Odde Scout Center we are aware of nature conservation. We want our visitors to protect the vegetation, especially new plants, slopes and the bark of the trees. Don’t throw paper or other garbage.
  • Digging in the forest at Houens Odde is not allowed as the soil in the forest is vulnerable.  
  • Think about your neighbours. We don’t want scouts or leaders to enter other campsites unless the leaders have made an appointment about it. Only walk on roads and paths.
  • All campsites and the forest must be kept quiet between 23 o’clock and 7 o’clock.
  • Driving with private cars must be limited and driving is only allowed on the road along the coast, not in the forest.
  • Parking is only allowed in the marked parking lots. Caravans and mobile homes are not allowed at the campsites in the forest.
  • Due to the wildlife in the forest dogs should not be brought to the camp – visiting dogs have to be kept on a leash. 
  • Everybody has to wear a life vest during all kinds of activities on water and on the sailing bridge. Only swimming can take place without a life vest and can only take place at the rafting site.
  • Kidholmene is the two small islands in the fjord near Houens Odde and can only be visited from 15th of July to 1st of April (outside the breeding season for the birds living there). Not more than eight persons at a time may visit the islands and you may only go there when the center staff agrees.
Signing up and payment

Here you can sign up for Center Camp at Houens Odde International Scout Center. In May we will open the activity booking and you will receive an e-mail with a description and a link.

When the activity booking is open – remember to book activities for each unit or age group if they do not all want the same activities. When you have sent your booking by clicking “ok” you will receive a confirmation as an e-mail. You must sign up for activities before mid-June.

After sending your activity application you will receive an overview of your suggestions. We may not be able to fulfill all wishes for activity periods but we intend a make a week plan that satisfies all groups.

Sign up here.

Payment
The fee is DKR 65 per participant per day. The fee covers the activities you participate in. However, if you join the joint dinner there will be an extra fee.

You will be required to pay your bill before you leave the center.

Do remember

For building your camp you have to bring rope, tents and other equipment for your troop and your patrols. It may be a good idea to bring some kind of cover for the campsite as there is not enough indoor space for all camp participants in case of rainy weather.

You can bring a grid for the fireplace and you should also bring cans for water.

There are quite a lot of mosquitos at Houens Odde so do remember mosquito repellant and some treatment if you get bitten anyway.

There area also ticks in the forest so do also remember tools to remove them. 

Bring a first aid kit as well with band aid etc.

FAQ

Is there an outlet for electricity at the camp sites?

No, there is not electricity available at the camp sites. If you need to charge electrical devices, please contact the camp staff – they will help you find a socket.

When does the summer camps begin and end?

A summer camp week begins on a Saturday with arrivals after 2 PM and ends the following Saturday with the latest departure at 12 PM. Please consider this in your planning, since groups returning home need to make room for new arrivals.

What is the fee for the activities?

All of our activities that takes place at Houens Odde are, as of a starting point, included in the camp fee.

We are, however, offering activities that takes place outside the centre where there is a participant’s fee, such as Funky Monkey Park in Kolding and similar activities.

There might also be a joint dinner concept during your summer camp where a dining fee will be charged. Your camp leader will inform you if such an activity has been planned for your camp, and you are at liberty not to participate.

Our hiking-concept offers the possibility of earning the badge “Kolding Adventures” which take place in the city of Kolding. Here you may be required to pay an admission fee to some of the attractions, public transportations and so on.

Example of a campsite

Activities

Take a look at the activities we offer. The activities may vary from week to week.

Sign up for centre camp