The Trustees and the Management at TRAC are always seeking ways to improve the facilities here, expand the available resources and open up new opportunities. Much of this is dependant on the support of our volunteers and of course the availability of financial support.


The development at TRAC has been guided over the years by a number of trustees, who have not only overseen the development of the organisation and the facilities, but many have been actively involved in its implementation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of these saints who have given of their time and abilities to bring TRAC to where it is now.

John and Angela Ettle were responsible for managing the running of TRAC at ground level for many years before ‘retiring’ (again) in 2018. Retirement is a loose term as John is still actively involved as a volunteer at TRAC. John also worked in the capacity of the Secretary for the TRAC Trust but in 2021 he stood down from this role and was replaced by Graham Highton. John was replaced as centre manager by Sarah Burtwell in 2018, followed by Douglas and Anne Bennett in 2021.

The latest addition to the team has been Joe and Kyle Aldridge who joined us as the new centre managers in 2023.

Future Developments and Projects

We have a number of projects currently ‘on the go’ that we consider essential to the development of TRAC, but we also have a ‘wish list’ of projects that we will approach if specific funding becomes available. Many of the projects listed below will only come to fruition with specific funding or support so if you would like to become involved with any of these, either practically or by helping to fund the projects, then please do get in touch.

As improvements continue to be made to the existing facilities, and with new additions coming online soon, TRAC seeks to enhance the visitor experience across the board. Projects for 2024 include completion of the new portal barn, providing much-needed workshop and storage space for the machinery and tools required to maintain the centre, as well as completion of the first four of the new timber lodges, which have already increased the amount of overall indoor accommodation available and added versatility to the mix. We also plan to commence work to extend the main dining area, in order to cater for the increase in overall visitor number capacity.

The items mentioned below are not a definitive set of detailed plans, nor are they listed in priority order, and instead seek to highlight some of the possibilities for improvement that we have:

  1. Our primary focus at the moment is to increase the available indoor accommodation facilities, and to this end we have already started on a longer-term project to install 8–10 new wooden lodges or cabins around the perimeter of the camping field. The first lodge has been laid out as a leader’s lodge with 2 beds in one room, a sofa bed and kitchen diner in the next and an en suite shower room. The rest of the lodges will each be equipped with bunk beds and a seperate WC and hand basin (not showers) in order to avoid the need for guests to visit the toilet block during the night. Once this project is complete the available indoor accommodation will have increased from 41 beds to well over 120. It is an exciting prospect, and we continue to pray that the financial provision for the plans increases to allow these new facilities to be built as soon as possible.
  2. With the opening of our new purpose-built, heated, toilet and shower block for campers, the attraction for larger groups to camp with us has increased. As these numbers increase, we will look at developing additional facilities as required. This will include an extension of the dining room facilities, as previously mentioned.
  3. The TRAC Conference Centre / Meeting Room is a popular but underutilised facility. It has a a built in 16 + 4 PA system and drop-down screen with high-resolution projector. It has an official capacity of 156 seated or 214 with part standing. We would like to add a new block at the front of the site in between the accommodation and the sports barn and to the North of the Conference Centre that will contain a new purpose-built Office / Reception area and a small toilet block. This will allow us the option to offer the conference area to one group for meetings, activities or training sessions whilst at the same time (by prior arrangement) a separate group can have use of the rest of the main site.
  4. The Event / Sports Field to the east of the main gate currently hosts the summer archery range. It is hoped that we can develop links with organisations to use this as an event field so that large scale Christian events can be hosted here. This could be used in isolation (i.e. at the same time as the rest of the site is being used by others) or it could be linked in with the rest of the TRAC site in order to provide a unique event venue that provides both indoor and camping facilities, cooking and dining facilities, with all of the adventure activities included as well. We would love to see a ‘Soul Survivor’,‘Greenbelt’ or ‘Keswick Convention’ style event grow to maturity here.
  5. With all the other planned expansion we have planning permission to extend the existing dining room to make room for more than 100 guests. We would also like to consider the possibility of building a brand-new purpose-built kitchen dining facility for a minimum of 150 guests and repurposing the existing dining area as a lounge with the existing kitchen becoming another bedroom. The costs and practicalities of this make for an interesting proposition but it would improve our ‘future proofing’ ability.
  6. We would like to extend our outdoor adventure and games facilities and various options are being considered including a properly laid out Frisbee Golf course and crazy golf. We also want to work with local partners to offer package deals at local attractions rather than duplicating facilities.
  7. Although TRAC is already accessible for disabled people, work is not yet complete and we are planning on finishing the existing ramps and further improving upon general accessibility soon. Once complete we will be registering with the relevant organisations so that we can be formerly assessed for accessibility.
  8. As an outdoor site that is affected by the weather, we occasionally have issues with getting around the site on foot when the ground is wet. We hope to address this issue by adding pathways between the major areas. These are currently planned as hardened wood chip paths.
  9. We already have a Peace Garden with open air as well as covered seating areas for people to get away from it and rest or for quiet prayer. We would like to have a ‘Prayer Trail’ around the site that people can follow and spend time at each location along the trail. Sponsored benches and covered areas will be required for this. Details will follow in due course.
  10. As the Peace Garden is only a short distance from the road there is an aspiration to build a solid fence on the far side of the hedge that will act to block out some of the road noise.

"As ever, a brilliant time had by all. Same again next year. Thanks everyone" Michelle, Stuart, Carol – 48th Gloucester Scouts