In the 1960's Broadleas was an area of rough moorland with two wooden bungalows,
adjacent to a property owned by Leonard Turner - an Exeter businessman and Boys'
With great vision he saw the opportunity of creating a place where young people could
be challenged and trained; where the skills of living and working together could
be learned; where individual character could be moulded and leadership skills developed.
Over the years there has been a steady programme of improvements to the site, including
a complete rebuilding of the indoor accommodation and the latest project is the building
of an all-weather sports pitch on the site of the old football pitch.
The Centre is situated close to Haytor Rocks on the eastern fringe of Dartmoor, approximately
mid-way between Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Bovey Tracey.
Broadleas consists of some 5½ acres of woodland, meadows and scrub about 1500 feet
above sea level and within the Dartmoor National Park. A great deal of voluntary
labour has opened three distinct areas for camping and training.
Since its inception as a Training Centre, young people of all ages have had the opportunity
to discover the joys of camping, whether it be Indoor Accommodation or under Canvas.
Broadleas continues to be enjoyed by thousands of young people from the Boys' Brigade,
other youth organisations and schools every year.
The Boys’ Brigade is a voluntary and charitable Christian Organisation which aims
to give young boys between the ages of 5 and 19 opportunities to grow and develop
within a safe and spiritual environment. More information can be found at the Boys
Brigade’s official website at www.boys-brigade.org.uk