Scouting in Ommen
For a century Scouts have been coming to the Dutch official campsite Eerde of Scouting Nederland*. Thanks to Lord Philip van Pallandt country estate Eerde became a booming centre for Scouts. In 1913, at the age of 23, Lord van Pallandt became the owner of this country estate. Since then, the campsite became freely accessible to Scouts. Back then, the campsite officially became part of the NPG (Nederlandse Padvindsters Gilde), Dutch Girl Guides. Campsite Eerde was just a small part of the estate area of Lord van Pallandt. In total, it covered over 1,500 hectares. The existing National Park in Ommen, the Eerder Achterbroek and the castle of Eerde were all once part of the estate area. Already in 1913, the first Scouts camped at the river de Regge in Ommen.
* Scouting Nederland is the official, national Scouting organisation.