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The Scout Bach on Rangitoto Island

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Scoutsville is a tramping hut on Rangitoto Island, also called ‘the Bach’, which is managed and operated by 1st Devonport Scout Group. We hire it out to other Scout groups and to Guide groups to allow everyone in the Scouting movement to enjoy the unique environment of Rangitoto Island. We do not hire Scoutsville to private individuals.

The Bach is nestled in a grove of pohutukawa trees near the beginning of the summit track, just a few minutes walk from Rangitoto wharf. It has a kitchen with an LPG stove, but there is no electricity, there are no toilets and water comes from collecting rainwater from the roof. As accommodation goes the Bach is, needless to say, very rudimentary – but as no camping is allowed on Rangitoto Island, this is one of the few places where you can stay on the island overnight.

Scoutsville’s maximum capacity is to sleep 10 people. The main room has 9 berths as triple-decker bunk beds, plus there is a fold-out couch and a 'Leader's Bed' in the kitchen.

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We have also made a badge which you can purchase if you stay at the Scout Bach, cost $4. Please add this to your total fee when you book. Here is a 'Challenge Sheet' you can use for your cubs or scouts to comlete earn the badge.

How to book

Bookings for Scoutsville need to be made a minimum of two weeks before the date you wish to stay there. To book, read and follow these booking procedures carefully:

1)  Check the Booking Calendar to see if the Bach is available on the dates you wish to visit. This is the definitive calendar so if there’s nothing showing on the dates you want, then it is available.

2)  Read the Terms & Conditions and Information sheets.

3)  Download & complete the Scouts Booking Form. This must be physically signed by your Group Leader. Scan and email to

4)  Pay the $50 booking fee (single night) or $75 (more than one night) to 1st Devonport Scout Group’s Kiwibank account number 38-9018-0831532-00. Please note your booking fee is unrefundable in the event of a booking cancellation. Your dates are reserved only when the Booking Form and the booking fee payment have both been received.

Ten days at the latest before you are due to depart:
5)  Email us your Activity Intention form and RAMS form. The AIF must be physically signed – by the activity leader, the section leader and most importantly by the Group Leader, as per SANZ regulations. Unsigned AIFs will not be accepted.

6)  Email your Activity Intention form and RAMS form to the Rangitoto Zone Leader and to your own Zone Leader if different. It is up to you to do this directly. Confirm to us that you have sent the forms to the ZL(s).

7)  Make your hire payment of $7.50 per person per night to 1st Devonport Scout Group’s Kiwibank account number 38-9018-0831532-00, if still outstanding. You can pay this at the time of booking if you prefer.
Please note: failure to fully comply with these SANZ requirements or to pay the hire fee when due (minimum 10 days prior to the Booking) will result in the automatic cancellation of your booking.

8)  If you want special Scoutsville Rangitoto badges, just tell us how many you want and add $4 per badge to your payment. You can use this Challenge Sheet to help your Cubs or Scouts attain this badge...

9)  Once your documents and hire charge have been received, you will be sent the combination code for the door of the Bach and a final list of reminders and information. This will include a reminder of the Biosecurity requirements for staying on Rangitoto as stipulated by DOC – see the link above.


PLEASE NOTE: Keas are not allowed to stay at the Bach as the facilities there do not conform to the SANZ stipulations for a Kea Sleepover. If you are unfamiliar with the details of those requirements, please ask your Zone Kea Leader for training.


Boats to Rangitoto
Fullers ferry: Fullers
Private Water Taxi: Auckland Sea Shuttles

For further information, please contact: Christopher Jones 027 612 8751


On the History of the Scout Bach:

The 1st Devonport Scout group was first issued a lease to camp on Rangitoto Island in Dec 1914 by the Rangitoto Domain Board. From 1918, the Devonport Borough Council allowed permanent buildings to be erected and the Scout Bach was built during early summer of 1923 under the direction of Scoutmaster AE Knowles. There was a grand opening on 9th February 1924, presided over by the Deputy Mayor of Devonport and over 200 guests.

Historical Photographs of Scouts on Rangitoto

History of the Scout Bach on Rangitoto Island

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