Welcome

Scouting Campsite Belmont

Welcome on Campground Belmont! You are the guest of a special terrain where peace and quiet, nature and the experience of nature are key.

Since the 1930s thousands of people, boys and girls, men and women, have been enjoying this place. What started as a sandy plain with a flagpole in the centre is now a beautiful natural environment where you can experience and learn lots.

The name ‘Belmont’ is a reference to an old song of the Salvation Army.
Camping (or bivouacking) on Belmont is very suitable for scouting troops from home and abroad; schools, other youth associations are also very welcome.

History

It started in 1930 when the Salvation Army Scouting hired the terrain at the Goorsteeg in Lunteren. At first, they were allowed to use it for their meetings without any payment, but when changes like building a barrack and toilets were made, a small hiring fee was asked. In 1938 the terrain was bought from Jonkheer Ocker Repelaer van Molenaarsgraaf for the price of 450 guilders.

The terrain at the Goorsteeg was at first nothing more than a sandy plain with a flagpole and tents. Later barracks and toilet buildings with facilities for washing-up the dishes were built. Because girl scouts were not allowed to sleep in tents, the ‘Kabouterhuis’ (Brownie House) was also constructed.

Salvation Army Scouting thrived and camps with 600 scouts in tents was no exception. Queen Juliana visited the international camp Motondo in 1952; because of this royal visit the Goorsteeg, until then a sand road, was asphalted.

When the ’90s of the last century arrived, it became necessary to rethink the use of the terrain. This led to a big rearrangement and created the current setup. A hotel-congress centre arose where before the refters and central kitchen were. The ‘Kabouterhuis’, the baracks and the Toko were demolished and replaced with sports fields.