The Mosta Scouts Campsite and Activity Centre
Located in a quite area in the outskirts of Mosta, the site offers a wide selection of activities such as camping, team building, staff training, sleep overs, field works, fundraising activities and much more. The Centre is run by volunteers of the Mosta Scout Group (a non-profitable organization) and all fees go towards the maintenance and upgrading of the same site.
The site is considered as a National Heritage due to it was part of our History. Tarġa Battery was built in 1887 as part of the North West Front (later renamed the Victoria Lines), between the Dwejra Lines and Fort Mosta. The battery was built to protect the defensive line’s low escarpment at Tarġa Gap, and it was meant to defend the area from enemy batteries which could be constructed on Bidnija Hill.
The battery has a pentagonal shape, and it contains a caponier, casemated gun emplacements, an escarpment and a ditch. An infantry redoubt was built at the rear of the battery. Some alterations were made to the structure between the 1890s and the first half of the 20th century.
In 1888, when it was still under construction, the battery’s design was criticized by a number of British engineers. The decision was taken to complete the battery, but it never received its intended armament of four 64-pounder RML guns. The entire Victoria Lines were of dubious defensive value, and the entire system of fortifications (with the exception of Fort Madalena and Fort Binġemma) was decommissioned in 1907.
The former battery was then used as a magazine or storage area, and it was used for training and storage by the Civil Defence just after World War II.
In May 2012, the Land ministry handed the battery to the Local Council and in 2016, the council subleased the premises to the Mosta Scouts for its management. Since then a lot of work had been carried out; not only to restore the battery to its original state, but also to transform it into an activity centre for both scout members and the general public.
Location: The Mosta Scouts Campsite and Activity Centre is located in Tat-Targa Battery on the Victoria lines limits of Mosta. The location is situated on top of Rihana Valley and enjoys spectacular views of Mgarr, Bidnija, burmarra and St. Paul’s Bay amongst the others. There are two possible ways to arrive to the location: either from Triq Burmarrad or from Triq Sir Temi Zammit.
The GPS co-ordinates are:35⁰ 54’ 59.02” N 14⁰ 24’ 33.84” E