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Mendes’ Rainforest Competition Awards

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Well done to all of you for your excellent gateways and theming! We’ve been hard at work coming up with winners, but here they are!

Firstly, the winners of our best gateway competition are Brentwood District Scouts! Congratulations!
And secondly, the winners for best camp theming are Oxford! Congratulations to you too!

Earhart’s Hangar Competition Awards

Friday, August 5th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that 7th & 14th Relgate Scouts won the Earhart’s Port competition, and 1st Corringham Scouts won the gateway competition! Congratulations!

Newton’s Lab Gateway Competition

Friday, August 5th, 2016

We’ve been busy judging all of your fantastic gateways, and after a lot of decision-making, we’ve come out with a winner! Well done to all of you for your hard work, but the winner of our competition is…

1st Costessey Guides!


Bolt’s Track Gateway Competition

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The winners of the gateway competition are in! A big well done to everyone for their wonderful gateways, but the winner of our competition is…

5th Billericay!


Mozart’s Symphony Awards

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The results from the Mozart’s Symphony subcamp competitions are in! We have winners from a number of different competitions, as well as some more general awards for things more special!

  • Firstly, the piano tuner from Livingstone Explorers recieves an award – for fixing the broken piano!
  • Next up, 3rd Writtle Guides for their plaque on subcamp gate – a lovely addition!
  • 9th Whitley Bay recieve an award for their group gateway! Well done!
  • The winners of the food fair are 1st Samford Valley Scout Group! Another well done!
  • The winners for best addition to the penny fair are 2nd Haddington! Yet another well done!
  • And finally, an award for the Portugese contingent, for their cheerful get up and go attitude! Congratulations!

We hope you all had a wonderful time, and look forward to seeing you again in 2020!

Nightingales Ward Competition Results

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The results from the Nightingales Ward subcamp competitions are in, and here are the winners!

Best Gateway

The winners of best gateway are 4th Morpeth Scouts! Well done!

Morning Drill Attendance

The winners for attendance to morning drill are Kilkenny Kells! Well done!

Best C.A.T.

The winners for best C.A.T. (cake tax for phone charging) are the Nutty Badgers!

Penny Fair

The penny fair winners are Worcester Explorers, for “peg face”..? Well done, anyway!

Best Site Theming

The winners for best site theming are 1st Wootton Guides! Well done!

Best Medical Trip

The winners for best medical trip are 34th Kingsthorpe Scouts!

Ward Spirit

The winners for ward spirit are Girlguiding East Lothian! Well done!

Westwood’s Wardrobe Gateway Competition

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The results of our gateway competition are in!

Well done to all our runners up, each of which has won a little version of our mascot – Nitt Witt. These are 1st Hatfield Peveral Scout Group, 1st Thors Oak & Belhus Pak Scout Group, 6th Rochford Scout Group, 7th Bangor Scout Group & Bangor West Explorer Scout Unit, Harlow Explorer Scout Unit, 1st Clerenwell & 1st Mocks Risborogh Guides, Tameside South Scout District and Brightlingsea District Guides.

And or winner for the gateway competion was… 4th Southchurch Scout Group! Congratulations!

Mission Successful!

Friday, August 5th, 2016

As the week draws to a close on Tereshkova’s Mission Subcamp it is time to present the final awards and recognise the best units on site. Across the sub camp there was the opportunity to win 10 trophies and awards for Most Bob’s won, Best Gates (x2), Tereshkova Challenge rock and Time Peake Challenge. In no particular order the winners are…

Most Accident Prone – Misr Balanda – Leaving their luggage out in the rain

Most Spaced Out – 17th Colchester Sea Scouts – Having the least amount of “space” but the most amount of enthusiasm

Most Hospitable – Wheatley & 37th Oxford – Being such wonderful hosts to Misr Balanda (Egypt).

Most Helpful – Isle of Man (All Island Contingent) – For having the most amount of nominations for being helpful within their own camp and towards others

Spirit of the Jamboree – Barking & Dagenham and 3rd Havering & Columbus – They bounded onto site full of fun and enthusiasm and maintained their fun approach throughout the whole week.

Funniest Moments – Poynton Rangers – For being so animated retelling their supermarket saga and making us laugh so much with their human fruit machine

Spirit of the Jamboree – 10th Hereford (Whitecross) – Full embracing International Food night and serving enough paella for the whole of Tereshkova’s Mission Subcamp. For joining in with everything with such energy and enthusiasm.

Tereshkova’s Titan’s – Genesis ESU – Going above and beyond in earning each and every single bob and being the most creative in every single challenge. For serenading us, feeding us, entertaining everyone and spreading smiles where ever they go.

Staff Legend – To be announced

Most Amount of Bob’s – Hereford (3rd), Isle of Man (2nd), Genesis ESU (1st)
Best Gate – Genesis ESU and 2nd Penparcau
Tereshkova’s Mission Challenge – Columbus ESU
Tim Peakes Challenge – To be announced

Marconi Awards

Friday, August 5th, 2016

After an amazing week of fun and games EIJ is drawing to a close and as with so many endings there are a few special prizes to be awarded. Marconi’s Mast subcamp have got the results for their gateway and penny fair competitions. The winners of the best gate were 1st Blundeston, whose gate features a spinning banner complete with a morse code translation of their group name and instructions on how to use it. Meanwhile the Fun on the Fair winners were 2nd Luddenden Guides running ‘Drop the Penny on the Freddo’ , our other favourites include human bowling, returning again from EIJ2012. Our final prize is more difficult to reveal because it hasn’t finished at the time of going to print. The Phone of Contention is currently in the hands of Glendon Explorers, but they have been challenged to a keepie uppie, late yesterday. And finally a massive thank you from the subcamp team for making it such a great week!

Painting Memories

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Well this is it, what a week it’s been! I hope you’ve all had a great week and made loads of new friends. Now the news you’ve all been waiting for… Sub camp awards! First the ‘Best Gateway’, this was a hugely contested competition so instead of choosing just one winner we have 3! So congratulations to St Albans District for your pioneered turnstile, East Lancashire for your castle and 1st Thundersley for your hand painted Trefoil. Our other awards are the ‘Most Friendly and Considerate Scout’ to Louis from 4th Thorpe Bay for letting some of our smelly sub camp staff jump ahead in the shower queue. And last, but most certainly not least, the ‘courage and caring spirit’ award to 12th Hampstead leadership team, it may not have been the easiest of weeks but you guys showed what a great team you guys are.

All that’s left for me to say on behalf of all the Gallery team is hope you guys all have a safe trip home and that you’ve all had an awesome week, I know we have! Now ‘Keeffeys’ go out there and paint some memories 🙂


Friday, August 5th, 2016

At the beginning of the Jamboree, when asked if he liked ‘smores, this old Scouter had to admit he had no idea what they were. A week later, that couldn’t be more from the truth as I today witnessed Mendes’ Rainforest take on and beat the Guinness World Record for the most s’mores made simultaneously. The previous record, set early this year in New York, of 423 was smashed as a 488 of Mendes’ Rainforest Scouts, Guides and Leader roasted their marshmellows over tea light candles in the Staff catering marquee for 12 seconds before immediately assembling their s’mores, under the watchful eye of Camp Chiefs Karen and Paul and two official observers from the Royal Marines.

The idea for the challenge was thought up by three members of Bolton and the Bay Guide group, Jessica, Jodie and Natalie after they had sat chatting one evening earlier this week about their beloved s’mores. Commenting, Natalie said “as we sat there chatting we wondered if there were any s’more world records so had a look on the internet to find the record for the most s’mores made simultaneously. We immediate went to our subcamp team and asked them if they could help us attempt the record and they jumped at the chance. It was a great way to finish what has been an unbelieveable week.” Camp Chief Karen Packer commented: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted that a World Record attempt has been made at EIJ2016. Well done to everyone on Mendes’ Rainforest.

At the time of writing, the paperwork and evidence for the attempt is being submitted and we’ll update you on the EIJ website when we hear more. Needless to say, 488 smores were also eaten although that’s not a record!

Picnic on The Green

Friday, August 5th, 2016

With most participants leaving the site in less than 24 hours, something special was required for the last day of activities, and in true EIJ fashion a camp-wide picnic was held in the village.

10,000 participants, leaders and staff gathered in front of the main stage, sandwiches in hand, to reflect on what has been an amazing week. Sebastian, Billy, Thomas and Rory from 11th Burton on O’Keeffe’s Gallery found the picnic “really fun.” They said that it “gives everyone a chance to meet other people, make new friends, and say goodbye to those you have met over the week.”
The atmosphere was one that will be remembered for years to come; the whole camp chatting, laughing and reminiscing, while fittingly listening to Jam FM. Participants and staff alike were singing and dancing along to the music with everyone joining in when Bohemian Rhapsody came on. Silence fell, when the music quietened and a reflection of the week was shown on the screen.

Rupert and Ben from 3rd Chalkwell Bay Scouts on Marconi’s Mast saw themselves on the screen and they said “it brought back memories we won’t forget. After looking at all the activities we were able to do, I’ve realised just how much I’d like to come back and do another one.” I’m sure the whole camp would agree that it was really nice to see everyone having fun and a good time which is what EIJ is all about.

The reflection of the week was followed by a message from each subcamp leader about what they offered to the participants in their subcamp. Each message was introduced by one lucky participant from the respective subcamp. In between the messages from subcamp leaders were special messages from Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner for The Scout Association, Chief Guide, Valerie Le Vaillant and Hannah Kentish, Scouts UK Youth Commissioner.
Camp Chief’s Paul and Karen took to the stage to say “thank you” to everyone, with a “Pause for tears and cheers” at the end.

Once the cheers had eventually died down and a poem of reflection had been read, a troop of Scouts from America took to the stage for the folding of the US flag.

There was complete silence as the Scouts described the symbolism of the folding of the flag. They explained how the flag was folded twice lengthways and eleven times triangularly to leave only the top left of the flag showing. Each Scout told the crowd the meaning behind each of the thirteen folds which symbolised things ranging from life to eternity. Eve and Grace from 2nd Ashbourne Guides on Newton’s Lab said that the folding was “really good to watch” as they had never seen it before. They also added that it was “very patriotic.” Once the flag was completed it resembled a hat which was symbolic for the soldiers who served under General George Washington. As the flag was carried off the stage, any roof over the camp would have been lifted with the applause that went with it.


Celebration Day

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The flood gates opened for participants yesterday as they got to roam the site freely, experiencing activities they had enjoyed earlier this week. It was a beautiful day which made Wet ‘n Wild and Up and Under even more popular than usual, and the atmosphere was buzzing.
In addition to the already existing activities there were a whole host of new surprise activities specifically for the Celebration Day. Participants excitedly ventured to the rebranded Enterprise Zone and the revamped Junior Jam Arena in order to take part in these special activities.
When we arrived in the Enterprise Zone, Edward from St. Albans District of O’Keefe’s Gallery looked at home with a large snake draped around his neck, describing it as “heavy and not shiny” he did say he could “feel it’s tongue against my neck.” Meanwhile, Lily and Claire from 6th Springfield, Mendes’ Rainforest were fascinated by a huge eagle, they loved how “powerful” it looked and how “it was something different from the rest of the activities.”
Charley and Cordelia from 1st Thundersley, O’Keefe’s Gallery enjoyed spending time with “really cute and friendly” baby goats, alpacas and the tiniest little ducklings who were born the previous evening. They loved being allowed to stroke them getting to see them up close.
We dragged ourselves away from the animals and headed over to the Wipeout Zone where overnight a range of different inflatable challenges had popped up. The activities were very popular but participants were happy to wait, and were constantly entertained by watching each other take part.
The Sweeper involved a large rotating arm which participants were challenged to jump over in order to stay in the game. Arabella from 7th Grays, Bolt’s Track, described it as “difficult as the arm would move fast” in order to knock participants off. She thought it was fun, but on her first time she got knocked off quickly and was planning on having another go to improve her skills.
Further along the field Katie from 2nd Malvern Group in Earhart’s Hangar had just finished the Gladiator Challenge. It looked like great fun with participants trying to knock each other off their podiums but she did confess that as her “balance is really bad” she struggled to stay upright. Despite this her smile was huge and she had obviously had an amazing time.
We entered the fun fair to roars of “Oggy, oggy oggy” originating from the Meteorite ride. We found Matthew, Genesis Explorers Tereshkova’s Mission sitting on the floor. He felt a little dizzy but described it as “amazing fun”, echoed by Jake from Pheonix Explorer Scout Unit, Mozart’s Symphony who described it as “exhilarating”.
Finn and Tom, 1st Lydiate, Earhart’s Hangar had just got off of the Ferris wheel when they spoke to us. They enthused over the ride and especially the views from the top, where they could “see across the whole site.”
It was safe to say that the day has been fantastic as summarised by Kiera from 4th King’s Lynn, Mozart’s Symphony who described the celebration day as “amazeballs, everyone has been so smiley and happy!” The bunting created throughout the week has been put up and really added to the party atmosphere. We only wish we could repeat the week all over again.

Becca Row and James Traynor

Subcamp Teams final words

Friday, August 5th, 2016

-Ger H
As we come to the end of Essex International Jamboree, each of the amazing subcamp teams have gotten in touch with us and asked us to convey their final words of comfort, wisdom and inspiration.
Nightingale’s Ward: “Gertrude says: “Be safe, be clean. See you in 2020!”
Westwood’s Wardrobe: “Work, Work, Work it baby!”
Earhart’s Hangar: “Adventure is Worthwhile!”
Mendes’ Rainforest: “Keep in touch with friends, and remember to Stay Green”
O’Keefe’s Gallery: “Have a safe trip home. Now ‘Keeffeys’, remember to keep on painting memories.”
Mozart’s Hangar: “Always hit the right note.”
Bolt’s Track: It’s been emotional. See you in 2020!”
Tereshkova’s Mission: “Have a Safe journey home, Bob”
Newton’s Lab: “Never forget: one team, one dream!”
Marconi’s Mast: “… – – – …”
All that is left to say on behalf of the subcamp teams is that we hope you’ve had a fantastic week, and have a very safe journey home. Keep on painting memories!

Painting Memories

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Well this is it, what a week it’s been! I hope you’ve all had a great week and made loads of new friends. Now the news you’ve all been waiting for… Sub camp awards! First the ‘Best Gateway’, this was a hugely contested competition so instead of choosing just one winner we have 3! So congratulations to St Albans District for your pioneered turnstile, East Lancashire for your castle and 1st Thundersley for your hand painted Trefoil. Our other awards are the ‘Most Friendly and Considerate Scout’ to Louis from 4th Thorpe Bay for letting some of our smelly sub camp staff jump ahead in the shower queue. And last, but most certainly not least, the ‘courage and caring spirit’ award to 12th Hampstead leadership team, it may not have been the easiest of weeks but you guys showed what a great team you guys are.

All that’s left for me to say on behalf of all the Gallery team is hope you guys all have a safe trip home and that you’ve all had an awesome week, I know we have! Now ‘Keeffeys’ go out there and paint some memories 🙂

Staff Superstar!

Friday, August 5th, 2016

We asked the volunteer staff of EIJ2016 to nominate their own stand-out superstars from their teams. We received a few special mentions and the submissions were great to read, but there was one person who stood out with multiple nominations.

Congratulations Richard Lawrence, you are our staff superstar of EIJ2016! Your hard work as team leader on the ‘Up and Under’ zone has been greatly appreciated by many people. You knew all your team members’ names before the camp started which added that personal touch. Your enthusiasm and perseverance ensured everyone both locally and internationally was involved and made to feel like part of a family.

Many of your instructors made your passion known to us throughout the week, from encouraging your team in poor weather conditions, to keeping a copy of the article about your zone in Gutenberg’s Gazette to read out to all your staff members.
You stretched your role further than needed by inviting your team to hang out in The Horizon after closing hours and rearranging activities after feedback from the participants to ‘maximise the fun’ for everyone. The Staff Subcamp Media team visited during the week, and Richard instantly approached us to provide a personal introduction to the zone; he was engaging and obviously proud of everything on offer.

We even had a very personal note from one staff member, “During the first two days of camp I was feeling homesick and Rich (along with Liz and Glen) created a familial atmosphere which by the end of the third day had me feeling like I had a solid temporary home. I was lucky to cross paths with a person like Rich whose unique qualities made this week unquantifiably better”.

We have had special request to name you as the staff superstar out of respect to your hard work and dedication to upholding all Scouting & Guiding values. We are sure that all the young people enjoyed ‘Up and Under’ thanks to Richard and his team. Well done and thank you!

‘Thank You’ From Newton’s Lab

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A week has passed in Newton’s Lab and at EIJ 2016, and we hope that you’ve all had a fantastic, memorable week. We’ve had some great participants and groups on our Subcamp and we’ll genuinely miss you all when you leave the Jamboree. Over the last week you’ve taken part in hundreds of activities, overcome personal challenges, made new friends and proved, once and for all, that Newton’s Lab is the best Subcamp ever.

Whilst we may not have had many nationalities on our Subcamp, we still made lots of friends from across the UK and Ireland. We have had some great sports both from Subcamp and from jamboree management who have taken part in our stocks, as well as some very competitive groups who partook in our volleyball and bone of contention challenges.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the participants and leaders on Newton’s Lab who have made the team’s week very enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

Kris Reynolds and Amy Garrad

Final words from Necker Retreat & The Horizon

Friday, August 5th, 2016

As EIJ 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on the huge amount of hard work and dedication that has gone into making this event an amazing experience for the young people. Without the 1500 volunteers there would be no infrastructure, no activities, no entertainments, no facilities…there would be nothing! From cleaning the toilets, to running the zones, to marshalling and hosting the ceremonies, every staff member has lent a hand and chipped in across different teams. Not forgetting the staff who catered for the volunteers; feeding everyone, managing their campsite, providing relaxation therapies and somewhere to chill out, running training courses, answering questions, serving well-earned beverages, and sharing their stories in the staff subcamp newsletter (Inflight Information). There are too many roles and stars to mention.

We can only say a massive THANK YOU, and we hope everyone had their own enjoyable Jamboree. Our fabulous staff go to show that there is no age limit for making new friends and memories, and their passion and enthusiasm for the Jamboree makes for an unforgettable experience. See you in 2020!

Mendes – balancing act – the graceful art of parkour

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

If you ask people what Scouts and Guides do on camp, they’ll usually tell you all the traditional activities such as pioneering, fire lighting, hiking, rock climbing. What they won’t say is juggling, plate spinning, duelling, slacklining and high ropes. But that is exactly what the Mendes’ Rainforest Scouts and Guides did today when they visited the Balancing Act activity zone at EIJ.
One large tent which contained old gym equipment proved very popular although, to the uninformed, you’d have no idea what you were going to witness – the rapidly growing sport of ‘parkour’. Originally developed in France by the self-styled Yamakasi parkour group in the late 1980s, Parkour requires the participant to navigate a course of obstacles, without the use of ropes or ladders in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Upon seeing the first participant navigate the EIJ parkour course, the random collection of items in the tent take on a new dimension and, with swift and graceful leaps, swings, rolls and strides, Jamboree participants were soon navigating the course with a speed and agility which belied the fact they had only just learnt this dancelike activity.
I asked one such parkourer (if there is such a word!), James from 22nd Bootle, what had attracted him to trying the activity. “I’ve never done parkour before but I’ve seen it online and have always fancied giving it a go. I had no idea they’d have it at Essex International Jamboree so it’s great to be able to try new activities you’d not usually have the chance to do at Scout Camp.”
Whilst you might think that getting from a to b across obstacles is pretty straight forward, the parkour team were on hand to show people safe techniques to tackle each obstacle and how to link those moves to create a smooth flowing style. Very soon, James and the others were taking turns to navigate the course and the times were impressive, as was the style “I did it in 7.2 seconds which I think is pretty good”, said James with great style, I might add. Being an activity that started on the streets of France and needs no special equipment – just any sort of obstacles – parkour seems to be a great way to get out to explore.
Your intrepid reporter was invited to have a go too but had to politely decline (as he is the wrong side of 40 to be leaping, swinging and rolling and he is about as graceful as a giraffe on roller-skates).
Lacky, Mendes

Essex International Jamboree 2016 was brought to you by…..

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

EIJ takes about 3.5 years to plan. After a well-deserved break, the Chief (or possibly Chiefs as seen in 2016) are appointed and start to work on the structure and team for the next event. By the time Jamboree arrives there are around 1500 staff signed up to deliver and support the week long camp. For many staff it actually becomes three weeks, as the tented city has to be built up and taken down around the event.

We had a chat with one of the Jamboree Chiefs for our final ‘Day in The Life of’ and to reflect on the success of the 2016 Jamboree:

KAREN PACKER – Jamboree Chief

2016 saw a slightly different format in the organising structure; Karen is one of two joint Chiefs, working with Paul Walker. They are passionate about the event being a joint partnership between Scouts and Guides and together represent both associations. They have 7 directors reporting in to them, each covering a different team.

Karen has a varied Essex Jamboree history; she worked on the Subcamp team in 1992, It’s A Knockout in 1996 and 2004, attended as a leader in 2000 and only visited for a day in 2008 (her daughter was 3 weeks old at the time!). In 2012 Karen and Paul were Deputy Chiefs and in January 2013 were asked to be the Chiefs for 2016.

Karen was well known and came recommended for the job of Deputy Jamboree Chief. The rest is history as with her enthusiasm and forward-thinking attitude towards the Jamboree, she progressed to the position of Chief. Karen maintains that the support from others is what gave her the confidence.

She has found that her previous Jamboree experience has helped along the way, and diplomacy and communication skills allow her to build up a successful team. By appointing the right people in the right roles, Karen and Paul know that all the details are under control. Although there is no typical day for a Jamboree Chief, you can guarantee that what you achieve is not generally what you set out to do! You have to be responsive to requests and be able to prioritise them.

For Karen, the best thing about the 2016 Jamboree (apart from her private driver, Dave!) is seeing the young people enjoying the final product. She is pleased to hear that everybody has reported a real “buzz” this year. The other highlight was taking part in the stunt bag jump at Wet ‘n Wild, which was completely unexpected!

Karen is truly living and breathing the non-stop excitement of the Jamboree. Her ethos this year has been “One team, one dream” and with Karen and Paul at the helm, along with the support of fantastic staff, Scouts and Guides from all over the world have enjoyed an amazing Essex International Jamboree.

Can you taste that?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

On Monday Evening each group of the Marconi’s Mast and Newton’s Lab subcamps created what they believed to be their most appropriate cultural dish as part of the Tastes of the World evening activity. The food created ranged from banoffee pie to sweet corn pakora and was lovingly promoted to whoever happened to be walking past. On top of the usual bacon sarnies and sausage rolls there were some lesser known delicacies, such as the Canarian potatoes made by the 3rd Rise Park Guides. They explained that the dish originates on the Canary Islands, where salt water is much easier to find than fresh water, so it is used for boiling potatoes. This leaves the potatoes with a salty flavour so they are delicious when served with a pepper sauce, also provided by the guides. Obviously we haven’t go that much seawater on tap here at EIJ so a couple of tablespoons of salt and some regular tap water had to stand in. Another favourite stall was the 5th Chiselhurst’s camp-made gingerbread and lemonade, featuring an assortment of gingerbread products from people to union flags. Our most recent evening activity was the penny fair held only last night! What a spectacle!

A Day to Celebrate

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Phew what a day to be a ’Keeffie’! The day kicked off with Charlotte from Scottish INTOPS being invested as an adult guider after she raised the Guide flag, also Happy 18th to you!!! Keeping up with the celebrations we had Rhiannon, Isobel and Sophie from 1st Writtle Guides awarded their BP awards whilst Mollie and Katie from Danbury Rangers received their Chief Guides awards, getting them from the Chief Guide herself! But not wanting to let the girls have all the success today Jacob from Burton on Trent Explorers got invested into Explorers at the Galleries stage. Well done everyone who received an award today and hope all of you are looking forward to your last day of camp 🙂

Piece of Moon on Camp

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

If you go to Tereshkova’s Mission subcamp HQ you will find a piece of moon rock. You must wash your hands before touching it and you can only use one finger as it is very valuable and highly fragile.

Thank You for your support!

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Jake Dixon
Steve, a member of the Bolt’s Track subcamp team would like to say “thank you” to everyone who has sponsored him for his skydive to fund raise for a trip to Mongolia. So far you have helped him raise £250

Pants Obsession

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Jake Dixon
5th Billericay from Bolt’s Track are obsessed with pants, even their gateway is a pair of pants! They held a competition to see who could put on the most pants in 1 minute. The winner was Anna who put 19 on in 60 seconds!

Senior Section Spectacular Challenge Badge Achieved

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Earlier in the week you may have read about the Senior Section Spectacular Challenge Badge which you can earn by completing various activities around camp. Well, the first four badges have now been given out and they’ve gone to a group of Scouts from Braintree District Explorers, Bolt’s Track.
They have been working towards the badge all week, doing everything from litter picking to reading the promise, and now their hard work has paid off. Lucas, Henry, Luc and Jamie said that their favourite activity was building things out of LEGO as they had the chance to “be creative.” They also really enjoyed the code task where they had to find 4 digit codes hidden around the camp and then see if they opened up a box. “It took us quite a while to find the codes” they exclaimed, “but we really enjoyed it, it was like a massive treasure hunt.”
I know what you’re thinking; you would like to join Braintree District Explorers and get your Senior Section Spectacular Challenge Badge. Well don’t worry! You still have time to get your badge as you will have done a lot of the activities throughout the week. If you would like to earn the Centennial Anniversary Badge, visit The Senior Section Spectacular Area next to the Academy of Dance.

Tastes of the World

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

On Tuesday night Nightingales’s Ward were treated to a spectacular spread of food in ‘Tastes of the World’. Groups prepared foods local to their home town or if they wanted to, chose another country and prepared a dish from there instead.

4th Morpeth had ‘Singin Hinnys’, a type of bannock, griddle cake or scone, made in the north of England. 16th Harlow had bangers and mash and 3rd Slough had Devils on Horseback. A local recipe from Berkshire with Barkham cheese from Reading.

1st Swindon Village put on a full cream tea, with scones, cucumber sandwiches and a cup of tea. The scones were even made on camp today.

Shelley and Kirkburton Guides had several varieties of tea cake on offer. Yorkshire tea loaf and Yorkshire Parkin. Steve our subcamp leader approved. And I’ll be baking that when I get home as they had recipes printed out for people to take.

Troop 712 were very popular with their tortillas cooked with butter and cinnamon sugar which had a Mexican influence. As were 48th Fife with their haggis. Joanna and Chloe from 2nd Chalkwell Bay said “it’s not what I expected as I had heard what went in it!” But she was pleasantly surprised. They also had Tunnocks caramel biscuits, tea cakes and Iron Bru.

Worcester Explorers had Worcester sauce cheesy bites. The group from the village of Hallow have a local connection with the makers of Lea and Perrins. Mrs Lea was a benefactor of the village.

East Lancashire had a wide range of delicacies on offer from black pudding, cheeses, Parkin and corn beef hash.

2nd Chalkwell Bay had a local Essex delicacy on offer, cockles. Thomas from Worcester wasn’t sure but said “I could used to them”.

South Belfast had a big pot of Irish stew on offer. And Girl Guiding East Lothian also
had haggis with oatcakes, Edinburgh rock, fudge, and Iron Bru. And entertained everyone with their rendition of “I would walk 1000 miles”!

I wish I had passed on dessert tonight but still managed to try almost everything. Sorry I may be a local Essex girl but I passed on the cockles!

What do the participants of Tereshkova think of the jamboree

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

I met with 4 groups camping on the Tereshkova Mission subcamp. They had the following to say about the Jamboree:
The Wiltshire North Guides reported
“We’ve really enjoyed the Jamboree, the Girl Guides really enjoyed the ‘It’s a Knock out Zone and Technology in Motion’. We love the Tereshkova Hubble the fact that the whole subcamp is space themed and decorated so well. The activities run in the Hubble have been good especially the Lego Star Wars kits to build and Area 51 is quite realistic. We are looking forward to the closing ceremony tonight”
Columbus Bellah Scout Group had the following to say
“We have overall enjoyed the Jamboree; the participants have really enjoyed it they liked the ‘It’s a Knock out’ Zone. We really like the subcamp theme and are really enjoying the ‘Moon Rock’ challenge we have lost and won this a few times. We also love the Bob awards and the Lego Start wars kits in the Hubble. Things that had been a problem 4 years ago have been ironed out and resolved”
The Isle of Man Scouts said
“This has been a fantastic first experience of Essex International Jamboree. There are so many activities on offer and our Scouts have liked them all equally. The Jamboree is well organised”
The Egyptian Scout Group reported
“We’ve had a fantastic time; it is our first Jamboree and we have enjoyed it all and have tried out many new activities. The youngest camper has learnt to walk whilst at The Jamboree”
All four groups will be recommending Essex International Jamboree as somewhere to camp in the future, when they return to their District and Country.

Getting Creative

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

When 7200 participants Scouts and Guides work together they can make a large impact. That’s what we are trying to do here at EIJ, with each participant decorating their own piece of bunting. These will then be used to decorate the entire Village and Village Green for today’s celebration day, making the area look more cheerful and colourful.
When I visited the Get Creative zone at Newton’s Lab I found Isabelle creating her design. Although all participants will be writing their name and group on their piece of bunting, some, like Isabelle have chosen to make theirs unique. She has adorned hers with stars and told me that it “represents that everyone is a star and special in their own way”.
Ella from 16th Harrogate, Marconi’s Mast has written “celebrate” on hers because “everyone should be celebrating the Jamboree”. She also drew a thumbs up on her bunting flag “because everyone should try to be happy on camp”
Keep an eye out tomorrow for your bunting flying in the wind on the Village Green.
James Traynor

Area 51: Keep Out

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Area 51, the place no man or women should go without authorisation. On Tereshkova’s Mission subcamp participants have had special accreditation to enter but what would lie within…
Participants arrive at the entrance of Area 51 but before the can enter they must sign a declaration to say they understand that what happens in Area 51 stays in Area 51. Once they agree, participants proceed through to the Alien Autopsy room where they are kitted out as a surgeon and led to meet the patient. In the Autopsy room participants are given the opportunity to extract the organs of the alien.
Those who dare enter…

Wavin’ Flag

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

We have all seen the flags around the Village Green, they seamlessly appear and disappear every morning and evening whilst most of the camp is still sorting out breakfast or dinner. I went along to find out the logistics behind the occasion and what the participants who got to play a part in it had to say.
As I arrived the sun had just broken through the grey clouds and a wind whipped around the field; the participants who were involved in the morning’s ceremony were being briefed and groups of other Scouts and Guides were dotted around ready to watch. All of a sudden the participants were given the signal and each ran their flagpole ready to begin, the Village Green was cleared and silence descended. In the middle of the field four participants stood proud in their uniform around the most prominent flags, that of the Guides, the Scouts, Essex county and the Union Jack.
A whistle blew and the flags were raised simultaneously, fluttering in the wind almost as one, as they ascended up the poles. Across the field Scouts and Guides saluted, an action recognised on an international scale.
I caught up with Kate and Isabelle from 1st Eye Guides in Mozart’s Symphony; they had just raised the flag of Maldives and seemed quite moved by the occasion, describing it as “respectful”. They did confess to being really nervous about dropping it or somehow making it fall down but they manged wonderfully and raised the flag without incident.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience to watch so many flags being raised simultaneously. As each subcamp has led either a morning or evening ceremony and nominated representatives to raise or lower the flags, I hope you have all had a chance to attend or even take part.
Becca Row

What does Bob think of the Jamboree?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

I intercepted this transmission from Bob

Hi M1085 this is Bob as you know I managed to catch a lift to the planet earth in the space ship with those humans wearing white suits and helmets on their head. I have managed to gain entry to something called a Jamboree. From covertly listening to the older humans I understand a jamboree is where Scouts and Guides camp. Scout and Guides are younger humans who meet regularly, wear special coloured clothes that are the same and they make friends and learn new things.
The days start with all the humans eating – they seem to eat lots; at the start of the day they eat square food and little round food in white liquid. After this food they do something called a flag ceremony they pull rectangle bit of cloth up a big pole – I think we should design a flag and adopt this practice.

Then the younger humans go and do ‘activites’ they make things and take things apart, they do more eating, the shoot long bits of metal into round targets and they get totally wet – We had better not tell them what happens when we get totally wet. Then they eat again more square food with stuff between it, stuff that’s comes in a packet and makes a lot of noise when they bite it and round green things.

After they do more activities, they walk along thin metal with their arms out, they get covered in stuff from the ground and the scariest thing they do is to take something from the ground and they blow on it and becomes smoky, red and yellow and makes a crackling sound.

Then can you believe it they eat again this time it is long white things with a liquid thing put on top all the young humans really enjoy this. They then take the flags back down the pole. The young humans then sit and chat and giggle, they swap little bit of coloured cloth and even did this funny thing where the all move their bodies together in the same way I think they called in dancing or a flash mob. Some humans seem to worship me when they see me the make a noise and bow towards me.

My favourite time of the day is when it gets dark it reminds me of home, I come alive and I think of all of you… I have to go someone is coming but before I log off here are some pictures from their primitive technology.

Bob **~~@@##

Group rises from the ashes

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

There is an old saying that when disaster strikes, you know who your friends are. This proved to be the case on 25th August 2015 when 1st Warley Scout Group’s hut and its contents were destroyed by a fire.

With no Scout hut, no equipment and an uncertain future, the Group which was established in 1909 was on its knees. However, one of the only things to be saved from the blaze was a 95-year-old group flag; this was the motivation they needed to turn the shock they suffered into a determination to ensure it wasn’t the end of the group.

Within a week Warley’s leaders formulated a plan to ensure the Groups’ survival during the lengthy process of rebuilding the hut. Not one meeting was cancelled because of the fire, with section meetings held at Thriftwood Scout campsite and other local Scout huts. Through the generosity of the local community, fundraising events, and support from other Scout and Guide groups, 1st Warley is slowly reequipping and taking advantage of the opportunity to build a new and improved headquarters, with extra meeting rooms and facilities. Like a phoenix from the flames, 1st Warley is rising from the ashes. The Group that not only refused to die, but is determined to come back stronger!

Commenting on the event last year, 1st Warley Scout leader Simon Timmins said: “The fire was devastating but, at the same time, there have been some huge positives. We have been the recipients of incredible generosity and support from Scout and Guide groups throughout the region. The 23 Scouts we have attending EIJ2016 are largely here because of the tents and equipment groups have donated and lent to us. We have also learnt that it’s not a hut and equipment which makes a Scout Group – it’s the people. Despite everything, we have continued to deliver a programme and run meetings for our 120+ young people. We have been forced out of our comfort zone, have gone back to basics and have learnt a lot along the way which has been hugely refreshing and rewarding. I’d like to thank everyone that has helped us. We are all very fortunate to be part of this incredible Scouting and Guiding family.”

1st Warley has 23 Scouts camping as part of Brentwood District on Mendes’ Rainforest subcamp, and 21 of the 34 Brentwood Explorer Scouts attending the Jamboree were also Scouts at Warley. We caught up with Alex, Ethan and Sam to see how it feels now that they are at EIJ, largely due to the generosity of others.

In the aftermath of such a tragic event, it is understandable that the Scouts are still shocked by what happened. In the fire they may have lost their meeting hall and equipment but potentially the most important thing which they have lost is the historical memories that their Scout hut held. Alex said “It was good that other [Scouts and Guides] reached out to help, but” he added “it is really sad that the memories are gone.” They explained how it took time to understand the true depth of what had happened but when they noticed how much had been lost “it was like losing a family member.” “Heart-breaking” was a suitable word to sum up the feeling of the Scouts. You could tell how much the hut meant to them and as they described the pictures of the people constructing the hut when it was first built, as well as the more recent pictures of their own camps and adventures.

When the other groups chipped in to help, Ethan said it felt “really good” because “it’s what Scouting is about, it’s one big, giant family.” There are two options that you can choose from when something like this happens; give up or keep going, and any Scout or Guide will know that. Although it is the harder option, the latter is best choice as it will bring everyone together in the process.

Bringing everyone together is certainly what happened. Rebuilding a group from the ground is an extremely difficult task and 1st Warley would never have been able to get this far without the help of other Scout and Guide groups across the county. Sam said that it was a “huge relief” when another group allowed them to use their hall. “We were wondering what we were going to do with our Scout hut gone.”

Now that they are here they feel “really good.” Alex described it as being like “climbing up the ladder again,” going from having nothing to really enjoying their time at EIJ. “It’s really amazing how far we’ve came from a big loss.” Of course, they wouldn’t have done it without the open-handedness of the Scouting and Guiding community.

To all the groups who helped them, they added “We would like to say a lot of thank you’s to every Scout group who supported us because they supported us through all the dark times and gave us strength. Everyone gave that little bit of hope and that hope changed our experiences into letting us go to the Jamboree and just been able to have the best and life changing experience.”

Overcoming Fear

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe once said ‘I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do’ a phrase which can apply to anyone at a Jamboree. An event like this can be useful for a person to overcome a fear of something and this is what happened for Seth at ‘Up and Under’. Seth was scared of heights and it took a lot of convincing but he managed to complete both the abseiling and the climbing run by BAT. When I asked him about it he said ‘I was scared, I felt the fear but I am still here, and I now have the confidence that I would try it again’, His St Albans leader Ant was impressed and pleased that ‘he gave it a go’. So all you ‘keeffey’s’ out there go and challenge yourselves in your last few days at EIJ!
Liam pattullo

Express Yourself

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The Scouts and Guides of O’Keeffes subcamp had a great time at the Express Yourself zone where there is a total of nine activities ranging from singing to presenting, drumming, radio presenting, journalism and dance. With so much going on we couldn’t possibly do this on our own so we called on our very own Chester the Chimp from 4th Thorpe Bay/5th Monaghan Castleblayney Scouts and Dave the Moose from 21st Hartshill Scouts!
Each participant gets the chance to do three of the nine zones and spends an hour at each of those three. The first three groups went to TV, dance and photography. In the TV studio we were looking for the future Jon Snow and Michael Fish. We found David and Elliot from 1st Chalkwell Bay. They told us how they learnt to read from auto cues and deliver to a camera (although I doubt even those in charge of the base expect a chimp and a moose to take over the studio!).
The dances were led by some fabulous instructors who taught them routines for songs from ‘One Dance’ to ‘High School Musical’, giving them the chance to perform on the main stage in The Village. As part of Photography our ‘Keeffe’s’ were given a camera and a list of items to take photos of. For a number of them this was the first time they were using an actual camera as opposed to a phone to take photos, and they were excited to have capture notably better images.
The second set of groups did Radio, Drama and Drumming. The radio bay was not an ideal setting for our friend Chester the Chimp since he can’t speak! Though the rest of the participants were fine and learnt how to provide voice-overs for radio, recording JamFM openings for them to use on air. Drama is an art form which has changed over hundreds of years; the participants were shown different theatrical styles from classical Shakespeare to more modern impressionists and improvisations. The African Drumming was also a lot of fun; Dave the Moose couldn’t get his drum to work but our ‘keeffey’s’ were beating up a vast variety of rhythms!
The final groups learnt about Journalism, Singing and Fitness. This involved going around the O’Keeffe subcamp and looking for local news. The Guides from 1st Thundersley (Connie, Lois, Jasmine and Amelie) told us that they have “been interviewing people from the subcamp, from the Scouts of East Lancashire to our Americans”. At the singing station the young people discovered their inner acapella artist with groups singing a variety of songs from a ‘relaxing’ rendition of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, to a pitch perfect rendition of ‘Just the way you are’ that was crossed with ‘It was only just a dream’ and of course you were all aca-awesome! The last activity was fitness, which was “challenging” but enjoyed by all as it is “always good to keep fit”.
The Express Yourself zone is both fun and educational; with so much to do this is not one to miss!
Liam Pattullo

Getting in the zone

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Each day we’ll be giving you an insight into the teams responsible for planning and delivering the Jamboree. We sat down with some key staff roles and found out how they got involved, what they’re looking forward to and most importantly, what do they do?
A Day In The Life Of…..Zone Leaders
CAROL AND MELANIE – ‘On The Box’ Zone leaders
For CARAMEL they have to be ready when their zone opens at 9:30, when a rush of young people all get there early to get to their favourite part first. Carol loves seeing all the participants enjoying themselves and seeing the conclusion of 2 years planning coming together for the first time.
This is the first year that they both decided to be on the staff team and put themselves forward for the position nearly 2 and a half years ago. They wanted to run this zone at the Jamboree to show young people that their views can change the way that Scouting and GirlGuiding is run both in their groups and on an international scale.
Their best part about being a team leader is seeing all the participants getting involved in activities that they would never normally do, and seeing the look on their faces when they have achieved something that they never thought was possible.
AMY DOLLAGHAN – ‘Balancing Act’ Zone Leader
Amy comes from a Jamboree background of circus skills, having been a member of the Street Entertainments team at the last 2 EIJ. As Zone Leader for ‘Balancing Act’ she’s now responsible for activities such as Pole Joust, High Ropes, Parkour, Slacklining, Circus Skills and shows in the big top.
She took on the role about a year ago with the ambition to build on the success of Street Ents and provide opportunities for the participants to try new things. Amy finds that having experience of circus skills has helped her arrange the activities, as she needs to know what is being performed at the show to make sure it has the ‘wow factor’. It’s a long day as she needs to be in place at 8.30am and activities run into the evening, finishing at 10.30 or 11pm. She has to make sure everyone is happy and safe, and make sure queues are managed properly.
If you’re taking part in ‘Balancing Act’ you’ll probably hear the common phrase, “don’t fall off”! Don’t worry though, it should be a soft landing.

A History of Mar-code-ni

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

You never know what message you might receive on the radio – would you know what to do if you heard a CQD? It’s an early version of SOS, first introduced by the man himself Guglielmo Marconi. Both CQD and SOS we’re used from the Marconi room of RMS Titanic during its disastrous 1914 maiden voyage. They were broadcasted on state of the art equipment provided by Marconi International Marine Communication Company that was powerful enough to be heard over 350 miles away. This was all over 100 years ago and modern technology has far surpassed these capabilities, with satellites providing real-time high-speed global communication to everyone. Despite these modern luxuries you can still make your very own Mini Marconi’s Mast today next to the subcamp office.
This is the final part of our daily stamp challenge, following technology developing in ‘real time’. Starting with sign language and progressing through semaphore, morse code and yesterday’s code wheels, the challenges have tested your skills of communication and understanding. In order to secure your subcamp stamp you have had to send and receive a message using each technique. All week you’ve had your flags waving, your buzzers buzzing and your code wheels spinning so hundreds of you have completed a challenge and collected your stamp, it’s been fantastic! .– . .-.. .-.. / -.. — -. . / ..-. .-. — — / — .- .-. -.-. — -. .. … / — .- … -!

Going Global

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

As we all know, this is an International Jamboree and nowhere is this more evident than in the Global Showcase. Upon walking into the tent a sense of calm was apparent as participants escaped the energetic Jamboree life and enjoyed some quiet activities that celebrated the international scale of Scouting and Guiding. We spoke to 2nd Langham Scouts Imogen and Amelia from Tereshkova’s Mission, they were busy decorating candle holders to project different patterns and colours from a candle inside. They had only just arrived but had settled in. When speaking of the space, they said “it’s really nice as you can chill out and don’t have to worry.”
At the next table along we spoke to Laura and Josh from Phoenix Explorers and Columbus Explorers respectively. They are both in Mozart’s Symphony and had met at a previous camp, reuniting here. They had tried a few of the different activities within the showcase, including making neckers with anonymous positive messages inside. Laura described this activity as a “way to share” and it was evident that they were both moved by the lovely notes written in the neckers they had received. We left them playing international games which they were obviously enjoying, though they did admit to having difficulties in translating the Japanese game instructions!
Zone Leader Tansy enthused over the zone, particularly the multicultural nature of the activity. “It helps to build tolerance across communities,” she said. It is clear that across our diverse Scouting and Guiding movements, spreading international understanding is vital. So make sure to pop along to the Global Showcase and unwind and relax, play some games and take part in activities that celebrate our worldwide reach.

Mozart’s Symphony Classical ball

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Complete with Vienesse Whirls and experimental cocktails, Mozart’s Symphony danced the night away in Tuesday evening’s Classical ball.

Held in the subcamp hub, the night included a visit from Mozart in subcamp leader Toby’s mysterious absence and a chance to try some colourful cocktails.

Groups could sample Mozart’s Mix, orange juice with lemonade, Beethoven’s Buzz, grapefruit with cranberry juice, and Spirit of Strauss, the most popular, fruit syrup mixed with ginger ale and lemonade.

In an ode to the age of enlightenment, there was also a prize for the best mask, won by Rachel from 9th Whitley Bay.

Her colourful mask was chosen for being the most creative, using glitter and feathers.

Rachel, pictured with her leader, said she didn’t use a template when making the mask and was really pleased when she found out she had won the competition.

The Classical ball turned into a friendly dance-off between groups, with Rafiq from 4th Wellingborough also winning a prize for his dancing skills.

Rafiq did the worm, the shuffle and entertained the subcamp for his moves.

He said: “I’m not from a dance group, but I enjoy music and I do a bit of DJ-ING as DJ Raf.”

Subcamp Leader Toby Riches said: “It was a really big success and everyone really enjoyed themselves.”

Wet & Wild report for Earhart’s

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The participants of Earhart’s Hangar subcamp had a fantastic time at the Wet n’ Wild zone! After two grey and rainy days, it was a relief to see the sun break through the clouds, helping the participants to dry after a morning of awesome water activities.
At 9am the enthusiastic participants popped up at the entrance of the Wet & Wild zone, excited to get stuck into the variety of activities the zone has to offer. These include BMX riding, canoeing and jumping off the 6-meter-high tower into a giant air cushion, landing safely. Some spectacular jumps were made by Earharts heroes!
The waterslide proved to be a lot of fun, with many of Earhart’s participants repeating the course over 10 times! Catherine from 4th Canvey Island Scouts was also desperately trying to get a rubber duck out of a pipe covered in small holes by pouring water in it.
Earhart’s subcamp had a brilliant morning at the Wet n’ Wild zone. Some great photos are on the website and social media channels, so take a look to see whether you were caught by the camera!
Bas van de Ven
Earhart’s Hangar

Evan 13th birthday wakeup call

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

This morning at 7 o’clock the whole group of the 8th Rushden scouts woke up Evan for his 13th birthday. They all sang as loud as they could to wake up the birthday boy. Sorry if they woke some other groups.

He was sort of awake to receive all his congratulations from all the members of the group and of course a couple of presents. Around 7:20 he made a call to his parents so that they could congratulate their son.

Balancing Act-ion Packed Adventure

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Our ability to balance comes from inside our ear. Specifically, it is called the vestibular system (the organ of balance), which is made up of three fluid filled sacks. At the end of these sacks are very small hairs, and as the head moves, the hairs are pulled from side to side, which sends signals to the brain telling us which way our head is tilted. Sounds like stuff of magical fairies, but it keeps us upright each and every day.
Participants from Nightingale’s Ward have been putting their vestibular system to good use today in the Balancing Act zone. Gemma and Emma are from 7th New Malden, and when I caught up with them about the activity they told me they “like each other too much to try and knock each other off” although Emma did add that “Gemma kept putting her foot down which made it difficult for me to win!”
Lewis and Freddie from 1st Ockendon tried slack lining for the first time, right here at EIJ 2016. Lewis helped Freddie while they were learning by holding his shoulder as he walked along. Although Freddie “had good balance”, he found slack lining a challenge because “it wobbles”. “The straps are proper tight” Freddie tells me, “which means the line doesn’t dip much as we don’t weigh much so it was harder to get stability”. I’m pleased to announce that Lewis and Freddie both reached the other side of the line without falling off by the time they left the base!
Callum, Ewan and Finn said The Sweeper was “really fun because it goes at very high speed so we fell over hilariously”. The trio, from South Belfast District, had never been on a Sweeper as fast as that one. They told me it was “much more fun than other Sweepers because it is way quicker and two arms!”
This zone is definitely one to test the vestibular system to the limits.
James Traynor

Let it Glow, Let it Glow or We Didn’t Start the Fire

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Campfires are enchanting. There is no doubt about it, there is something truly other-worldly about sitting around a roaring fire, singing and swaying, clapping and chanting, shouting and screaming. It is a truly incredible atmosphere so there was no surprise that a few hundred people took advantage of a gap in the rain and descended on the far corner of the Junior Jam Arena to huddle around the toasty blaze.
I caught up with Mendes’ Rainforest’s Josh and Mili from 16th Edgeware Scouts who were some of the first people to arrive, they seemed very excited to be there and couldn’t wait to be sat around the “warm and cosy” fire with people from all walks of life. This was echoed by their friends who had gathered around; one of the best things about the campfire was the audience and the sense of belonging in a community despite never having met most other attendees before, the power of the Jamboree really was emphasised.
In true style the evening kicked off with a rousing rendition of Campfire’s Burning where the audience was split into four sections and sung in rounds; with the fire crackling in the background the audience was entranced. A whole host of crazy and energetic campfire leaders brought the songs to life as they leapt around and exaggerated every movement. Intermingled amongst old classics such as Oh You’ll Never Go to Heaven there were versions of songs never previously heard to many ears including The Grand Old Captain Kirk and a Star Wars inspired rendition of Boom Chicka Boom.
As the evening drew to a close with a beautiful chorus of Kum ba Yah, a calm atmosphere spread across the audience. Speaking to Terzi from 8th Salisbury Group in Marconi’s Mast he told me how much he enjoyed the gathering of people and getting to recount the epic tale of Fred the Crazy Moose, a wonderful repetition song.
Described by Nim and Dominic of the Technical Team for the Camp as “relaxing and magical” there is no reason not to agree; a crackling fire, a rousing audience and a wonderful mix of songs, there is nothing quite like it.

L’armoire De Désaccord

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Over at Westwood’s Wardrobe we have set a challenge for our participants. We’ve called it ‘l’armoire de désaccord’ which is French for wardrobe of contention. The idea, is to allow the participants to challenge each other and staff members on the sub camp to win the wardrobe and pass it round the site. The first person to take the challenge was a leader from 1st Calne, his challenge was “how many press ups can you do until you get tired”. He challenged one of our staff members called Evie who is only 9 years old. After 10 minutes they both gave up and we told them the scores. 1st Calne got 38 and Westwoods got 39! Westwood Wardrobes is currently the holder of the wardrobe, can anyone defeat us?

by Alex and Liz

Fuelling the Jamboree

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Each day we’ll be giving you an insight into the teams responsible for planning and delivering the Jamboree. We sat down with some key staff roles and found out how they got involved, what they’re looking forward to and most importantly, what do they do?
A Day in The Life of…
CHRIS TAYLOR – Staff Catering Manager
The Jamboree cannot run without the 1500 staff supporting it, and they all need feeding. In charge of that is Chris, working with Hot Stuff Catering to provide 3 quality meals a day for the majority of staff. Chris has been a member of Scouts since he was 7; this is his second Essex International Jamboree and his 7th Jamboree in total. He was only signed up to the role 2 months ago so has only had a short space of time to get to grips with the job and its responsibilities.
Chris accepted the role as what could be better than making people go from ‘hangry’ to happy? Food can put people in their best moods, and the restaurant is a place where different teams can socialise during the day. However, Chris has to juggle a team that cannot eat at the same time as everyone else, the staff who can’t make it to the restaurant during opening times, dietary requirements and registration. It is his job to look after front of house, whilst the caterers get on with the cooking and serving, but they have to work together to make it all happen smoothly.
A normal day at the Jamboree will see Chris in the restaurant from 6am, ready for breakfast to begin at 7. He has to attend a few meetings during the day, plus ensure everything is cleaned up after each sitting and prepare for the next meal. Everything has to be suitable for people to eat in the restaurant, and stock levels are checked. He is always thinking ahead to the next meal! His day will finish at about 8.30pm.
He is most looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing the participants from his home county Lancashire experience their first Jamboree, and finding out how different it is to a normal Scout camp. Look out for the ‘below average’ joke of the day as you walk in each mealtime, and be warned, it’s a case of “sanitise or be sanitised”!

Young Leader Presentation

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Melissa Bates from 1st Braintree Scout has been presented her Young Leader Belt on stage at O’Keeffe hub. Congrats 😀

On The Box zone: As Seen on TV

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

-Ger Hennessy
On Tuesday, Participants from O’Keeffe’s Gallery tried the activities available at On The Box: a collection of games and crafts inspired by TV shows such as The Cube, I’m a Celebrity and Scrapheap Challenge.
If it’s been in the Radio Times, it’s likely you’ll find it here.
In the Great British Bake-Off tent, Participants can make a delicious treat called armpit fudge. “This fudge tasted really nice,” said Michael from 27th Bromley Scouts, “even though it has a really strange appearance.” Alastair from Tiptree Scouts agreed that it looked “kinda weird,” but that “it tastes kinda amazing.”
I spoke to Alastair as he was trying the Scrapheap Challenge, in which teams build a working push cart/kart out of a collection of raw materials. “It’s fun because you don’t really do much stuff like this at home,” he said,” it’s out of the ordinary.”
Mousetrap consisted of a number of small challenges in which teams of three or four directed a ball through small holes, then launched it with a water rocket, rolled it down some guttering and aimed it at a target connected to a mousetrap.
In Craft Attack, Livvy from 12th Hampstead Scouts made “a bag for one of our leaders,” for no particular reason. “It’s just because I want to,” she said. Sisters Sophie and Ella, from 1st Great Parndon Scouts made a dragonfly and wristbands from scooby chord. “It’s really fun, even though it was hard at the beginning,” said Sophie, “but then it got easier.” Abby, from the same group, told me that On The Box was “more enjoyable” than she thought it might be. “There’s no queues, and there’s lots to do. You make stuff and then eat it. Simples!”
I met Emily, Rhiannon and Isabel from 1st Writtle Guides when they had just completed the Crystal Maze. “I liked trying to lift the stick with just one finger,” Emily said “and when we were having trouble it was nice that others could help us.” “Everyone is very nice here,” added Rhiannon. In the Crystal Maze, Teams of four to seven members collect crystals for successfully attempting challenges involving team skis, stepping stones, and bouncing erasers. Crystals then are used to buy time in the Crystal Dome, where teams try to beat the camp record for grabbing red tokens.
In the Science tent there’s a lot to learn about physics, chemistry, and biology. There are miniature explosions every few minutes, triggered by the lucky Scout or Guide holding the coveted big red button. “I learned about cells, and how the body fights disease” said Jamie from 6th Rayleigh Scouts, “it’s brilliant because science is never this interesting in school.”
Three Scouts from the St. Albans District, really loved trying to beat The Cube. “It’s lots of fun,” said Zach. “We tried the whole thing twice,” said Adam, “because we came very close to finishing it the first time, so we decided that we had to try it again straight away!” “It’s good because it’s quite challenging,” added Gabriel.

As for the Bush Tucker Trial, Millie from Willesden described it as “disgusting, but in a good way!”

A Hidden Oasis

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

If searching for a place of peace and serenity, or somewhere to purchase drinks and sweets for a well needed energy boost then look no further than the Oasis Tuckshop. Situated close to the sports field, this is the ideal location to purchase a mid-afternoon snack and to keep hydrated without having to walk miles from your activities. To find it walk around the big white marquee behind Mozart’s Symphony and O’Keefe’s Gallery; it truly is a lovely little pocket of Essex International Jamboree. The team working there are all incredibly enthusiastic and would love for everyone to visit, put their feet up and pick and choose from their incredible range of sugary treats.

It’s All About Aerobics And Yoga

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Here on Westwood Wardrobe’s we start our days off with a stretch. Just before morning activities start we run our very own aerobics and yoga sessions here on the sub camp. Pumping all our participants’ sprits up before they leave our site to go and explore the other activities we have to offer at EIJ. Even the Enterprise Zone came along to join us to have some fun!

Give it your best shot!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

On Target is a zone for all those sharp eyed participants on EIJ, as it involves a number of activities that focus on having a good aim and great hand to eye coordination! However, if like me you are totally inept at anything involving throwing, shooting, firing and generally aiming, never fear! These activities are great fun even if you are flailing wildly and missing the target. That being said, the local population of archery butts and clay pigeons have reached ‘endangered’ as the Bolts Track had a shot at ‘On Target’ – the Boltarians were out in force, trying their hand at archery, dodgeball, air rifle target practice, clay pigeon shooting and more!
I spoke to Serena from Legacy who proved to be a more than competent markswoman at the archery, hitting the gold twice in a row! Archery is always in high demand and the team are working hard to allow up to sixty eager participants to have a go at once. The scene before me was a little like Agincourt but with less armour and more woggles.
As if sixty Scouts and Guides with bows wasn’t a terrifying prospect then imagine twenty with shot guns! Thankfully the only targets were the less than sentient clay pigeons, which a few of the Tiptree Guides were surprised to find were small disks and not actual pigeons made of clay. Grace of Tiptree guides commented “They weren’t actual pigeons, just weird little plate-things. When you shoot them they get totally obliterated!” Most of the participants I spoke to had never shot before and were most surprised at the weight and loudness of the guns!
If precision isn’t your thing there are other things to offer further down the field, such as dodgeball and table football. These don’t take quite as much accuracy but they might improve your agility! As Patches O’Houlihan said ‘If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball’ I’m not sure if that carries over to archery, best not find out.
Remember that it’s not about hitting the target, just as long as you tried to hit it in the first place!

Will Dover
*The photo for this is in the images folder.


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In the furthest corner of the Jamboree site you will find ‘Flashdance’. We joined O’Keefe Gallery’s and Mozart’s Symphony as they ventured over one slightly damp and definitely darkening evening, the atmosphere was perfectly shrouded in the air of mystery.

Unfortunately, we have been sworn to secrecy, those of you who have attended know the drill and those of you who haven’t will later this week! What we thought would be helpful is a ‘blueprint’ of what you learnt, in picture form. Practice after all makes perfect.

We cannot wait to see it all in action, whenever that will be…

Jamboree Fitness

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

No wonder after four days some people are a little tired. Gemma Clark Scout Leader at First Stotfold and Andrew Thurlby QM did a fitness challenge yesterday to see who could walk the most steps. They admitted that they aren’t usually that active because of their desk jobs and average about 6,000 steps a day each. Gemma won the challenge with a whopping 26,494 steps with Andrew just over 1,000 steps behind. James Chalton one of their Scouts said “its an extraordinary achievement and I’m quite proud of them. I guess it just shows how much us Scouts must walk enjoying the Jamboree as leaders all all seem to be sat having a cup of tea”. He quickly added “I’m Joking!”

Gemma and Andrew showing their fitness with James

Cracking up on Newton’s Lab

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Over the course of the Jamboree week, there’s a “Bone of Contention” competition running over at Newton’s Lab, where groups can challenge one another at whatever they like. The Subcamp team kicked things off on Monday night with a cracker eating challenge against the girls from 1st Watton Guide Unit.

The two teams of five were given one minute to see how many dry cream crackers they could consume. The Subcamp team did well, managing to finish 12 crackers within the time limit but they were pipped at the post by the ladies from 1st Watton who managed 15 crackers between them. As winners, they go onto the next round of the competition and will be choosing their own challenge to present to the next chosen group.


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

When one Scout from 3rd Canvey Island woke this morning to find his sleeping bag and clothes all wet, he was convinced his tent was leaking. However veteran Scout Leader Kev Cummings was not convinced as his tents don’t leak. On further investigation it was found that the Scout (who will remain unnamed to save embarrassment) had fallen asleep on his 1 liter squeezy water bottle which has slowly leaked its contents over night…

Scottish Scouts achieve Nights Away Awards

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In Scotland, Scouts can work towards achieving the Zodiac Award. This award provides increased opportunities for Scouts to enjoy Nights Away experiences as well as adding some extra fun challenges into the Scout Section Programme, such as camping above 2000 feet or below 0 degrees!

There are three levels of Zodiac Award in the Scout Section – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Ethan O’Neale from 48th Fife Scouts staying on Nightingale’s Ward was presented with his Silver Zodiac Award for camping at least one night a month for 9 out of the last 12 months. He attended the semi-finals of Regional Camping Competition and went to Fordell Firs which is one of three national outdoor activity centres and Scotland Scouts HQ. He also got his 35 nights away badge.
Ben Dykes also got awarded his 20 nights away badge, for which he attended a survival camp in Aberdeen where he dressed up as James Bond. Well done to both of you from Murray and the rest of the leaders at 48th Fife.

Gambling at Earhart’s & Mendes’ charity event!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Mendes’ Rainforest & Earhart’s Hangar joined forces to have a Charity Fair, with both subcamps setting up a small activity on the village green. Despite the rain, the enthusiastic participants popped up the best games like a living fruit-gambling-machine. First you had to pull the one-armed bandit, then randomly 3 participants grasp a piece of fruit and present it to the contestant. When you have 3 of the same type of fruit you win, otherwise the penny is for charity. Talk about creativity!
In Earhart’s there is also a Dutch group who had a pretty weird game for the English participants. In Dutch it’s called “spijker poepen”, in English you can name it “nail-squatting”. You have a small nail on a rope placed around your middle. By squatting you’ve got to put the nail in a small bottle. It’s a great for your upper legs, so come by and try the game to get fit on EIJ!
Bas van de Ven
Earhart’s Hangar

American-England Exchange

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Essex International Jamboree, a large party of people from all over the world right here in a field in Chelmsford. O’Keeffe’s is no different we have internationals from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and like Georgia O’Keeffe herself, America. On Sunday night representatives from each country went to the international reception accompanied by our International Liaison Cathy and Subcamp Leader Robert. Rob has said the event was ‘well attended’ and it was good to learn more about Scouting and Guiding over the world from programme ideas to just sharing a funny camp story or two.
Our Americans are over here on an American-England exchange programme run by Cathy on the UK side and Bob from New Jersey in America. The Exchange Programme has been running for 40 years and have been coming to EIJ since 1992. Scouts and Explorers from Chelmsford and surrounding areas will be making a return journey to America in 2018. If you would like to be involved either hosting an American Scout in 2020 or coming on the trip in 2018 please get in touch with Cathy in the Subcamp office. When we caught up with some of the American Scouts (Connor and Mike) they expressed their fondness for their hosts and those on the camp itself. ‘People have been incredible friendly and it has made the event’ said Mike, which with the number of people visiting the Americans certainly seems to be true. They have hidden wooden nickels all over site and if you find one go and say hi to write in their book to let them know where you are all from, whilst your nickel gets turned into a keyring, happy searching!

Bog Squad: The unsung heroes

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Each day we’ll be giving you an insight into the teams responsible for planning and delivering the Jamboree. We sat down with some key staff roles and found out how they got involved, what they’re looking forward to and most importantly, what do they do?
A Day in The Life Of…
KERRY COLEMAN – Facilities, Cleansing Team Leader
Our chat with Kerry had an interesting start; she didn’t think she’d be able to spare any time as she had “some urinals to sort out”! Luckily we managed to find 5 minutes to find out about Kerry and her extraordinary Cleansing Team. They are also known as Bog Fairies, U-Bend, Mr Whippy, Soap Sisters, and Poo Patrol to name a few aliases. (Can you come up with any others? Send them in!). They play an integral part in the smooth running of the facilities onsite. Although the role isn’t that glamorous or glitzy, the team make sure they have fun whilst keeping the showers and the toilets clean and tidy, so everyone can start and end their days feeling fresh.
This is Kerry’s third Jamboree and second EIJ; in 2012 Kerry was a member of the Cleansing Team. Kerry has previously assisted Security, Traffic and Bar teams, and is dedicated to giving something back to the events that gave her so many memories and experiences as a participant.
Kerry only took on the role about four months ago, and recommends a sense of humour to be involved in this job. Her day starts at 7am, where she checks in with the morning teams and discusses any issues with the night shift team. Throughout the day, Kerry and the rest of the ‘Bog Squad’ ensure that there are plenty of toilet rolls and hand towels in each of the toilet blocks; if any of the toilet doors are broken, Kerry is on-call to fix them. Did you know, the new toilets on site this year are more environmentally friendly and re-use water, but it does mean only special toilet roll can be used. As soon as one shift is over, she has to be ready for the new shift to start. Kerry enjoys her role as it keeps her physically active and she takes pride in her team keeping the facilities in tip-top condition.
The good work obviously shows as the team got a special mention from BWESU of Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp: “Not all heroes wear capes! The amazing men and women of Poo Patrol are the unsung heroes of the Jamboree. They clear out hundreds of litres of waste in one extraction, drive large dangerous machinery in all weathers, and work day and night to ensure stress free days for everyone else.” It’s not a job that everyone would want to do, but we really appreciate those who do!

Welcome to the family

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Every day at 9am we raise all the international flags encircling the village green, but for the turn of Marconi’s Mast on Monday there was a extra special surprise! 5 new members from 2 groups were invested by camp chief Karen Packer. Ben, Ryan and Max, all 10 and from 1st Wilmington scouts said “it was really weird to be invested by the chief” and that “it was a really good experience for my first Essex Jamboree”. They are looking forward to all the adventurous activities they can do in scouts, like visiting a secret nuclear bunker. Over 30 other subcampers helped with flag break yesterday; Have you checked when your subcamp is helping?

64 Years at Essex International Jamboree

Monday, August 1st, 2016

1952 saw the second ever Essex International Jamboree, held at Belchamps Scout Campsite in Hockley. Barry Smoothy was a Scout with the 2nd Southchurch Troop at the time and has fond memories of his first Jamboree. 64 years later, Barry is back at EIJ, now as an Assistant Scout Leader, but still with the 2nd Southchurch. Over these years, Barry recalls that over the years he has only missed one EIJ, as his family was growing. Looking at the photographs, he’s able to point out several other Scouts that he’s still friends with now.
Barry kept detailed logs of his time at the early Jamborees, which are full of photographs, newspaper cuttings and Barry’s own records and thoughts during the camp. The 1952 Jamboree, held between 9th and 16th of August, welcomed the 2nd Southchurch and 4th Chelmsford groups who camped together, along with around 2000 other Scouts from 25 Countries around the World.
Activities at the early Jamborees were, as you’d expect, very different to what you’re doing this week. One popular activity involved lifting a person on a blanket and then using it to throw them into the air. The Friday of Jamboree week was the annual outing for the entire camp. The Jamboree chartered a paddle steamer, “The Royal Daffodil” which took all 2000 Scouts and Scout Masters from Southend Pier into London.

Arrivals Catastrophe

Monday, August 1st, 2016

When planning your arrival to camp there is nothing worse than being hindered by an unexpected incident whether that be a delay on your flight, roadworks on the motorway or even having to cope with a stranded kit trailer and a broken down minibus. This is exactly what happened to 7th Peterborough Scouts of Earhart’s Hangar.
The first incident came about after a rogue broken drain split the wheel of the car that was towing the trailer full of kit. With no hope of repair the car (and trailer) had to wait for help from the rescue services. This was not the end of their problems as just a few miles further on, just within the entrance to The Jamboree site, the minibus full of Scouts broke down and deposited its oil all over the ground. Unable to move there was no choice but for the Scouts to walk down to the Jamboree site by foot and wait for their kit to arrive.
The trailer and kit finally arrived on site four hours after schedule and by the evening they had a replacement minibus and the car safely in a garage for fixing. Speaking to the leaders it became clear that this little hiccup hadn’t taken away from the thrill of attending EIJ; indeed, it seemed like the Scouts found the whole experience quite exciting and it was made clear to me that they had behaved wonderfully.
The incident does not seem to have deterred any of the group from attending further Jamborees and they are looking forward to future events, their only wish was that history doesn’t repeat itself on the way home!

Technology in Motion Mozart’s Symphony

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Technology in Motion was in full swing as Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp descended on the zone to learn and explore.

The zone was fitted out with multiple activities combining transport and technology.

Charlie, David, Adam and Josh from 1st Welford Scouts visited the activity run by the British Radio Car Association. Before having a go on the RC cars, they were put into teams of four before learning about changing the wheels and the mechanics involved.

They were each blindfolded and were then asked to change the wheels themselves with their eyes closed, before driving the RC cars on a track. They said: “We’re having a lot of fun at this session, it’s really hands-on and exciting. It’s great to learn about the mechanics of the car and about the technology involved.”

On the other side of the zone were two bikes. The bikes, attached to a generator, powered a slot track with two racing cars.
Jamie Lewis, from 4th Wellingborough Scouts, said: “I’ve got my own slot car racing set at home, it’s exactly the same as this.” Jamie said: “If you go too fast on the bike, you’ll give it too much power and it will fall off and come off the track. It’s weird to think how much electricity goes in the car for it to work. At home, I don’t think about it as all you have to do is flick a switch, but now I know how much electricity it is really using.”

He said: “This session has taught me a lot about technology and about how much energy we use. It’s the best session I’ve been to so far during the Jamboree as it’s nice to find out how everything works and it’s very hands-on.”

Guides from 4th King’s Lynn said they had a fantastic time doing all the activities in the zone.

They said: “It’s really fun, we’re learning and we’re having fun, which is really the most important thing on Jamboree. We’ve done all of the activities in the zone today and we’ve really enjoyed ourselves.”

Chico Mendes Mosaic

Monday, August 1st, 2016

In the lead up to the Jamboree, the Mendes’ Rainforest subcamp team had a vision; for every group staying on its subcamp to help create a piece of artwork of the subcamps mascot – just like a Jamboree, the efforts of hundreds of people coming together to create something spectacular.
Nobody involved in the project would know what the final image would look like and, with participants encouraged to use recycled materials wherever possible, in line with the subcamps environmental and sustainability theme, it was sure to have a variety of colours and textures. Every group took up the challenge and the end result, we think you will agree, is pretty spectacular.
Picture to follow. Caption : Mendes Facilities Manager, Steve Austin who constructed the final mosaic with members of Clarendon Rangers, Canada, who contributed one of the 36 mosaic panels.

Great Scott! It’s Back to the… Knockout

Monday, August 1st, 2016

It’s a Knockout – Ger Henessey
The Participants from Earhart’s Hangar took part in It’s a Knockout yesterday morning. Now a fixture of EIJ, It’s a Knockout is organised by Southend Gang Show ASU. Daniel Wanna, Team Lead for It’s a Knock Out, describes the zone as “Team games and team building for points, with bonus points for dancing and being stupid!”
This year the theme is ‘Back to the… Knockout’, with each activity being given a ‘Back to the Future’-related title. The zone consists of ten challenges in which each of the ten subcamps attempt to earn their team maximum points. At the end of the activity the winning team is announced.
Before the main activity, teams from Earhart’s Hangar were led into the centre of the zone and each Team Leader was presented holding their team’s flag. Team spirits were high as some teams had already developed a yell before the activity began.
Amongst the most popular games was ‘Doc’s Dirty Laundry’, in which participants would jump into a giant inflatable washing machine in search of a sock among the suds. They then ran through a freezing cold paddling pool and hung up the sock, while trying to make matching pairs. Reuben, a Scout from 1st Castle Hedingham really liked this game. “If you’re gonna get wet, you might as well go all the way!” he said. Adam from the same group said that it “looks fun” as he queued up to have his turn.
In ‘Race Against Time’, participants used a bungie-chord to create a chain, passing mugs of water from one person to another. Most of the water ended up on the participants rather than in the target bucket!
Milo, an Explorer from 2nd Malvern, really enjoyed ‘Futuredoku’ – a version of Sudoku using EIJ subcamp logos. It was “very fun when you get involved”, he said, the “whole camp is very fun actually!” He did think that the catapult was “very difficult.”
Olga, a 1st Silver End Scout, was looking forward to doing the ‘Delorean’s Garage’ game as it looked “lots of fun.”
Luke, Clodagh, and Darragh from 12th Wicklow Scouts spoke to me after trying ‘Black Hole’. “We held a pipe for about 5 minutes,” Darragh explained, “so that was interesting”. Other games included a water rocket ‘Launch Pad’, a run-around quiz and an obstacle course.
Make sure you’re ready for It’s A Knockout, because we’ll be publishing the scores for each subcamp here in Gutenberg’s Gazette.

Explorer fixes grand piano on Jamboree

Monday, August 1st, 2016

An Explorer from Mozart’s Symphony has fixed a grand piano while on Jamboree.

The piano, that sits outside the subcamp to add to a musical theme, is playable but two keys did not work.

Joe, from Livingstone Explorers and Thundersly Scouts, opened the piano and fixed the two keys by mending the small hammers inside the piano with tape.

Joe, 15, said he is practising for his Grade 6 piano exam and is doing music at school.

He added: “Not many people can tune or fix a piano.”

The Corominas Cup

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Groups on Nightingale’s Ward can compete for the Corominas Cup this week. Manuel Jalon Corominas was a Spanish engineer. Although the history of the syringe goes back to Roman times, Corominas is credited with inventing the first the two-piece disposable syringe in 1973. This was an important creation as it would subsequently replace the glass syringe (which had to be boiled for reuse in order to ensure proper sanitation).
Groups are invited to challenge each other to anything, from frisbee to egg and spoon races or even challenge the subcamp team themselves! This afternoon 6th Kilkenny Kells took on 16th Harlow in a game of hurling. The winners were 6th Kilkenny Kells. They therefore get to keep the cup until someone challenges them and wins.

Tereshkova’s team work

Monday, August 1st, 2016

This morning saw the participants of Tereshkova’s Mission visiting Island Survival. What an amazing zone, with lots of fun activities to take part in. As I walked around the zone I was overwhelmed by the teamwork that was taking place. I could see leaders emerging and taking charge of a small group of participants as they planned, made and completed many challenges.
Participants who had not met each other worked together to meet a common goal. Older participants helped younger participants and all team members were encouraged to do their part in each activity. There were team discussions on the best way to do each activity, ideas shared and news skills learned.
Some Scouts and Guides were born leaders whilst others were reluctant to take on that role, yet still emerged with smiles on their faces as success came to their team.
It was evident is that through teamwork friendships were being made, new skills were being developed and participants were having fun. These of course are just some of the key aims in Scouting and Guiding, so it was brilliant for me to watch this unfold first hand.
Tereshkova’s Mission

Bolt’s Challenge

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Monday morning saw the usually tranquil Bolt’s Track turn into an action packed but bijou Winter Olympic park. Wheelbarrow bobsleds, paired skiing, archery and making lots of noise were the events of the day. Boltarians turned out in force to compete in these inspiring and well-designed events. A very Boltic modern take on the classic bobsled event. Wheelbarrow sledding is a sport requiring a finely tuned combination of balance and agility that most are not quick to master. Many tried out at Wheel-Sledding but the fastest team were Ed and Kian of Braintree District Explorers, with an impressive sixteen second run. The invigilators initially had doping concerns; the Explorers were not willing to comment. This impressive display caught the attention of the subcamp team who then challenge our rivals and neighbours, Tereshkova’s mission! It was to be a tough challenge, Tereshkova sent over two brave champions, But the glorious and valiant leaders of the Bolt’s Track Subcamp Team executed this task most excellently.
I spoke to Mickley who commented:
‘We are pleased that after four years of hard training, early morning runs and ice showers have led us to this momentous victory. Our hard work has paid off and we are thrilled with the result.’
Mickley openly challenges any other sub camp teams to take up the gauntlet and have a go at our Wheel-Sledding challenge.
The Bolt’s Track Winter Olympic challenge went even better than expected, all agree that it was a real Barrowl of laughs and overall wheely good fun!

Will Dover

Island Survival with Tereshkova’s Mission

Monday, August 1st, 2016

For anyone who enjoys some of the more traditional Scouting and Guiding activities involving burning flames and tying knots, Island Survival is most definitely the zone for you.
On arrival to the zone the members of Tereshkova’s Mission were quickly shipped off to their own little island paradise, their home for the next few hours as they worked together to build their own shelter to survive the oncoming storm. Neighbouring groups were getting quite competitive, fighting to build the biggest and tallest shelter they could with their limited materials. One island of participants from 1st Wheatley Scout Group managed to fit 11 people inside their shelter, which then managed to keep them all dry from the water they were sprayed with.
Elsewhere in the zone the well-recognised smell of wood smoke filled the air as participants learnt to start their own fires without the need for any matches or lighters. One Scout, Rami, from Misr Baladna Scout Group in Egypt said that he had “Never done it before, but now I can. It was easy and good fun.”
Other teams were working together against the clock to carry pieces of a container across a river, before racing the finished container to the finish line. The fastest team I saw completed the trek in an impressive 3:42, with the fastest time so far being only 1:53!
Tracking was another popular area with participants learning how to identify differences in animal and human tracks, such as age and gender. They were then allowed to test their tracking skills by following a course, which they then raced around performing challenges to test their speed.
The most popular area of Island Survival however was the catapult range, supplied by the Solihull and Aberystwyth Catapult Team, where teams of participants had 15 minutes to shoot down as many targets as possible, ranging from letters and bottles to saucepans and traffic lights. One team of Scouts from 17th Colchester Sea Scouts and 10th Hereford White Cross Scout Group managed to shoot down almost all of the targets. They said that it was “really good fun” and that they “would definitely do it again.”
Island Paradise was certainly a hub of activity and excitement during my visit, so if you’re looking for something more old-fashioned to do, then don’t miss out on a visit to the Island Survival zone!


Get Lost in Newton’s Lab

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Do you think you have what it takes to face The Mouse Maze? Well here at Newton’s Lab, we have the opportunity for you to find out. The maze is being run by the youngest members of our subcamp team: Emily and Hannah. I caught up with them earlier to find out what the maze is all about. “We have three challenges for you to complete: compete in a time trial against your friends; try to solve our daily anagram or see if you can complete the maze in the dark.” Emily and Hannah told me, “Don’t worry about getting stuck as we are on hand to help you find your way out if you need us.” We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mozart visits EIJ

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Mozart himself was spotted at EIJ yesterday on the Mozart Symphony subcamp.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, aged 260, was seen refusing to help his hosts, Livingstone Explorers and 4th Thundersly Scout Group, put up their tents on arrival.

He has also refused to talk to anyone at the Jamboree so far and does not want to leave his seat.

Around the world in 80 dishes

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Sunday evening was International evening on Tereshkova’s Mission Suncamp. Each unit was invited to bring a local dish or a dish from another country. We had everything from Haggis from Scotland to Eton’s Mess from America on show. All 900 participants on the sub camp got involved in making and trying the different foods. One group from 10th Hereford (Whitecross) Scout Group went the full way and dressed up in traditional Spanish dress and served Paella from a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE pan. We did ask for comment but most couldn’t speak after a filling evening of food, fun and laughter.

Enjoyed your first taste of international, head along to the Subcamp Tonight (2 Aug) from 7:30 for a badge swap evening.

All the Fun of the Fair

Monday, August 1st, 2016

There is nothing like a Penny Fair to build excitement and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and mix with many new people. As I approached the event held by Westwood’s Wardrobe and Nightingale’s Ward, the hum of happy chatter seemed to grow louder and became interspersed with cheers and groans as successes and losses at the games occurred.
7th New Malden Guides from Nightingale’s Ward introduced the event to me and explained that each group had brought their own game to play and charged a small amount per turn, the money of which will be spread across the charities who have supported the Jamboree including the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). They all seemed very excited to take part in this and couldn’t wait to meet international participants.
As the evening progressed, all the games drew large crowds especially around the Peggy Face Challenge. Louis from Harlow Scout Group of Nightingale’s Ward showed onlookers how it was done by attaching forty clothes pegs to his face! He did confide later that “it feels pretty painful!” The stocks were also incredibly popular as friends soaked one another; speaking to Westwood’s Wardrobe’s Paul from Southchurch Scout Group, it was evident his fellow participants had drenched him but his smile was enormous and exclaimed it was “fun but wet!”
Participants helped run the games and from speaking to Ben, Sam and Oliver from Bicknacrey Priory Scout Group in Westwood’s Wardrobe it became clear that this was a fantastic experience. They enthused over the number of people they had talked to and appeared to love watching the reactions to their Human Fruit and Vegetable Machine.
All in all, it was very clear the evening was a real success and thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Becca Row

Gertrude ‘GO’

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Gertrude GO!
You might have noticed that much to the frustration of many happy campers, there isn’t any Pokemon to find over the EIJ site. Well forget searching for Pokemon because we have an alternative which doesn’t involve the use of a smart phone or the internet… Come to Nightingale’s Ward and search for Gertrude! There are 12 ‘Gertrude’s’ hidden around our site all displaying something to do with Florence Nightingale. Find all 12 and you will earn your subcamp stamp.
You can also take our quiz and learn some interesting facts about medical history, like what were the symptoms of the Black Death or the name of the book Florence Nightingale wrote. Or you could operate on Florence with our giant operation game! So come along, there’s plenty to do to earn your stamp here on Nightingale’s Ward.

Nightingales’s Ward ‘On the Box’

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Nightingales Ward and their mascot Gertrude took part in ‘On theBox’ this afternoon. They took part in activities connected to their favourite TV programmes like ‘Bake Off’, ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ and ‘Bush Tucker Trials’ to name just a few.

Gemma, Izzy and Emma from 7th New Malden Guides and 1st Gillingham built their own go kart out of scrap in Scrapheap Challenge and then took Gertrude round the racetrack. At Boardgame Bash 24th Chelmsford got a bit wet on mousetrap trying to stop the leaks.

In the Craft Attack tent there were plenty of activities to choose from. Clock making, which Gillian and Eilidh from East Lothian were enjoying. And Charlie and Harvey from Caister Scouts were making cowboy hats and learning about the history of the cowboy hat.

Caitlyn from 1st Gillingham and Aquaducks duck got a bit messy in the Bush Tucker Trials searching for stars for her team.

In the Bake Off tent Gertrude had a go at one handed cake decorating with Shelly from Kirk Burton Guides. It was a bit tricky but the end result tasted great. And Sam from Basildon District Scouts got stuck in making armpit fudge.

Gertrude also met some other germs in the Chaos Science Roadshow. And 4th Morpeth Scouts learnt about how the tendons in your arms work.

Everyone had a great afternoon of fun and they even learnt a thing or two.

Express Yourself with Newton’s Lab

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Approaching the Express Yourself zone this afternoon, the last thing I expected to hear was the sounds of African drums beating in rhythm radiating out from the Forum as the members of Newton’s Lab were creating an atmosphere perfect for excitement and competition. Meanwhile outside teams of Guides and Scouts made friends as they raced each other across obstacles, under nets and around flagpoles.
Next door in the Academy of Dance participants were learning to express themselves individually, shouting and making noise as they played large games of Zip Zap Boing while music was supplied by the DJs working at the back.
On the other side of the Village, the participants were finding totally different means of expressing themselves in the Broadcast Centre, where breaking news was being broadcast across the waves from the Express Yourself News studio. Harry and Chris from 3rd Witham Scout Group in Newton’s Lab said that the experience was “Really nerve racking” but that it was “cool and good fun as well.” For participants who didn’t want to be in front of the camera there were chances to work behind the scenes controlling the cameras used on set, which Zoe from Blackwater West Guides in Newton’s Lab said was “Good fun if you have stage fright.”
Participants at the Broadcast Centre were also able to test out their interviewing skills, questioning their leaders and other nearby staff while using the Broadcast Centre’s magical teleporting machine to send them anywhere they wanted around the site. When it was my turn to be interviewed however I turned invisible against the green screen walls because of my subcamp t-shirt, leading to a mysterious floating head appearing onscreen!
Meanwhile running around the Village Green were our future photographers, taking pictures of the activities the other subcamps were taking part in. These photos were then uploaded to the computers, where participants could compare their snaps to decide whose they thought were best.
Fortunately, all participants who take part in the activities in the Express Yourself Zone are able to take their photos and films home with them on a USB stick by bringing it along to the Media Centre in the Village; allowing them to show their friends and families how they expressed themselves here at Essex International Jamboree and meaning that the Express Yourself zone is definitely one not to miss.

Atlantic-wide Friendships

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Making new friendships is one of the greatest features of any international camp and when those friendships span countries and seas it really is quite incredible. We caught up with ISCA ESU & Welsh Dragons ESU who have been communicating with the 4th Midland Group from Canada, they are both camped in Bolt’s Track and when we arrived they were in the middle of setting up camp.
Speaking to Caitlin and Ellie from Wales and Isabel and Ashley from Canada it was evident that they were all very excited to be here and able to meet Scouts from across the globe. They explained that the two groups were known to each other as a result of a friendship formed between their leaders a few years previously. The Welsh Leaders told the Canadian group all about EIJ2012 and from that point on they made plans to meet together at the next Essex International Jamboree.
The two Groups had only arrived a short while ago but there was already evidence of friendships being formed and all the Scouts were eager to find out about differences in how they live, especially the different foods they might eat. When asked about whether the distance between their countries would affect any friendships, they replied with a solid no, one adding “it would just be a normal friendship”.
From this it is evident that distance doesn’t matter so go out and make friends, find out about different groups from everywhere and anywhere and have an amazing time!

Warning: Fruit and Vegetables found on site

Sunday, July 31st, 2016


Roll up, roll up, we have our very own market right here on camp! As the Jamboree continues fresh fruit and vegetables can become quite scarce as apples and carrots go mushy in the bottom of the cool box, making maintaining a balanced diet difficult to achieve. Fortunately here at Essex International Jamboree we have the Food Warehouse. The Food Warehouse is home to a wide selection of fruit and vegetables all grown on a local farm here in Essex. The produce is fresh, every day, and available to everyone on camp. The variety of fruit and vegetables available ranges from apples and oranges to cucumbers and lettuces. While you’re in there, don’t forget to pick up Camp Chief Paul’s favourite vegetable, broccoli.
The produce is all reasonably priced and the warehouse is open from 08:00 – 17:00 every day this week, located on the Village Green next to the Bank. There is also the opportunity to purchase essentials like milk, bread and butter there which you may have forgotten or ran out of, saving a trip off-site. Unfortunately they do not accept card but cash and cheque are acceptable forms of payment.
So come on EIJ, join all the people who have already eaten 2,500 oranges, 100Kg red onions, 900 cucumbers, 10,000 eggs, 3,000 broccoli and so much more, by visiting the Food Warehouse and stocking up on those healthy essentials.

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No discs… just desert island survival

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

After all that dancing and partying at the Opening Ceremony on the Village Green last night, you’ll definitely be eager to get stuck in with all the activities taking place throughout the week.
You’ll be amazed to know that together, over a million hours of volunteer time will be spent over the EIJ, and there’s not five things to do, there’s not ten things to do: there’s over a hundred activities to take part in while you’re here.
Mozart’s first activity today, after breakfast and a traditional flagbreak, is Island Survival. Teams will be finding out whether they’re the next Bear Grylls: or someone who would bring nothing back to cook when stranded on a desert island…bare grills. We then head to A Balancing Act, a session with multiple activities- and falling off guaranteed. Our evening activity is Get Creative, where we’ll be getting messy working alongside O’Keeffe’s Gallery to create a huge art project in our subcamps.
Don’t feel like you’re missing out if you’re in another subcamp. You’ll be doing the same activities but at different times during the EIJ, so no one misses out. There’ll be another opportunity to do activities again later in the week. To find out what you’re doing today or later this week, you can speak to your subcamp leader. You can also go into the Operations Hub and see your Activity Plan, stuck on the Programme desk.
Please make sure while doing the activities, you take a bottle of water: as it’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re busy having fun. But most importantly, please make sure you have fun and have a fantastic time settling in to this year’s Jamboree.

Making art add up over on O’Keeffe’s Gallery

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

We hope you have all settled in well and had a great time at the Opening Ceremony. When you all get a chance go around our subcamp and take a look around.
Your book sand stars will be going up to form ‘The Library’ and our ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’. Until then come and meet our mascot, Percy Paintbrush, who is up outside The Gallery. You can get a photo with Percy and post it using #EIJ2016.
Our subcamp challenge is titled ‘Painting by Numbers’. We have 20 photo frames around our subcamp, 19 of which have numbers in them. Our challenge is for you to give us the sum total of all these numbers, some of the numbers may be hard to find, so happy searching! When you are done come to ‘The Gallery’ and get your card stamped.
Make sure you visit the other subcamps and complete their challenges – there’s plenty to do this week!

Subcamp Challenges and awards – Are you brave enough??

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

We all know the Scouts and Guides on the best subcamp at EIJ 2016 love a bit of competition. We have the ultimate challenge for you, the Tereshkova’s Challenge… this is your opportunity to challenge the current holders of the challenge trophy. All you need to do is come with a challenge, it could be ‘who can jump the longest’ ‘who can get the silliest group photograph’ or ‘who can run the perimeter of the site quickest’, the choice is yours – challenges are vetted by the subcamp team. You can find the current holders on the noticeboard at Mission Control.
Over the course of the week, the subcamp team are handing out the mini cousins of Bob the mascot to units who have done something good, crazy or mad. The unit who has the most mini-aliens at the end of the week will take home the big Bob to display in their Scout Hut. (Unit leaders who would like to nominate a participant for an Alien please contact Mission Control)
May the best team win the trophies!

Baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough now safe

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Joseph Laws

A petrified baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough Scouts on Saturday is now safe.
The hare was seen yesterday morning near Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp in a healthy condition. Helen West, Deputy Subcamp Leader, said: “Well, on arrival the group, 4th Wellingborough Scouts spotted two baby hares separated from their mother on their camping plot. Helen said: “They were put in a grey washing up bowl, and looked frightened, scared and petrified, and unfortunately one of the hares died of shock. The other one was let out at the top of the Subcamp, and hopped off into the woods.” The hare, pictured in the washing up bowl, was named Mozart after the Subcamp Mozart’s Symphony, where it was first found.

Baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough now safe

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Joseph Laws

A petrified baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough Scouts on Saturday is now safe.
The hare was seen yesterday morning near Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp in a healthy condition. Helen West, Deputy Subcamp Leader, said: “Well, on arrival the group, 4th Wellingborough Scouts spotted two baby hares separated from their mother on their camping plot. Helen said: “They were put in a grey washing up bowl, and looked frightened, scared and petrified, and unfortunately one of the hares died of shock. The other one was let out at the top of the Subcamp, and hopped off into the woods.” The hare, pictured in the washing up bowl, was named Mozart after the Subcamp Mozart’s Symphony, where it was first found.


Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Our mascot name has been chosen! We are pleased to announce Woolly as the mascot for Westwood’s Wardrobe. Woolly is a symbol of everything we do here on this subcamp. He is fun, enthusiastic and ready to challenge himself. Our mini-competitions give our participants a chance to take home a miniature Woolly!

Our aerobics classes will be kicking off with a stretch or two tomorrow morning in front of our very own little stage, so why not come along and kick-start your day with some music and dance moves.

If you haven’t already, go around our subcamp and see how many dressed up mannequins we have with all the fabulous wardrobes. Don’t forget we have our very own crafts tent if you want to bring out your inner designer!

Imagine The Apprentice @ Essex

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The first day of activities started ‘sweetly’ for Tereshkova’s Mission, as the participants took part in the Enterprise Zone where they were given the opportunity to be an apprentice of Sir Alan Sugar!

The participants were given the challenge to create, market and sell a new sweet using a set budget, where the winners would be the team who made the biggest profit. The subcamp was split into 4 areas with teams of 4-6 participants. Within their team the participants had to subdivide into marketing, manufacturing and finance teams. They then had to make decisions on what recipe to create, the required amount of ingredients to purchase, and finally design the marketing poster.

The overall Enterprise Zone Champion for Tereshkova’s Mission was Team Fudge It, who are Guides from Essex…Any guesses what sweet they created? Hint: it’s in the team name!

After the activity Georgina from 1st Belchamps and 1st Hockley Guides Unit commented “Seeing them go from something that was not a lot to something we sold was amazing!” Kaylen from Wales and Charlie from 1st Stanstead both enjoyed creating, decorating and eating the sweets, as well as making new friends.

Wet, Wild and Ab-Zorbing!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Tucked away behind Nightingale’s Ward is the mad world of the Wet and Wild. And Water-World it is! (Congratulations if you survived that pun…) Wet and Wild has everything to offer from Canoeing to Zorbing and even dinghy capsizing!
This Jamboree is all about the future, and I am pleased to see that valuable life skills such as duck rescuing and zorbing are being taken into account. I predict that if sea levels continue to rise zorbing especially will become a useful life skill! Much more fun than driving!
Bolt’s Track seemed to have great fun with the water activities, so much that a number of you left some things behind! If you think you might have lost something head to your wonderful help desk team, it might have been handed in. If you haven’t had a go at Wet and Wild yet, then I am sure you are now quaking with excitement. Don’t forget your towel, or something ab-zorb-ant!

Waffling by Slip

Brushing up on where to brush

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Joseph Laws

When brushing teeth, it is important that groups do not use the toilets or water points around camp.

Staff Harry Emmerson and Elaine Nicholls spent yesterday morning putting up signs around camp to remind participants to clean their teeth at their own camps and not at the loos or taps.

Harry Emmerson, Subcamp Support Officer, said: “The signs ensure the smooth running of queues and the hygiene of the camp. It’s a waste of water and germs can be spread easily.”

Toby Riches, Mozart Symphony Subcamp Leader, said: “When brushing your teeth, use a little cup instead. Don’t use the taps or toilets.”

An Extra Team Member on Newton’s Lab

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

If you head over to Newton’s Lab, you might notice an extra member on their team. Lacey is a labrador/curly coat retriever cross and is in the early stages of training to be a Guide Dog. Her visit to EIJ will help her get used to meeting new people, loud noises and moving around in crowds. Once she’s a bit older, she’ll move onto another trainer who will begin to get her ready to help people with impaired vision. Lacey’s walker, Maxine, is the craft-guru on Newton’s Lab so lots of people will be calling in to see them both during the week.

Lacey isn’t the first dog that Maxine has puppy walked – she’s been volunteering for Guide Dogs for several years and has looked after several puppies who have now grown up and are working with people who need them

Guide Dogs have a stand near Junior Jam this week and will be able to answer any questions you may have about how Guide Dogs are trained, and how they’re able to help people. During the week, they may also have some puppies that you can go along to meet.

Lacey is a very friendly puppy but if you see her and Maxine out and about, make sure you say hello but please make sure you ask Maxine before stroking Lacey!

Kris Reynolds & Amy Garrad

Star is born?

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Lise, the daughter of 2 of the Earhart’s staff stole the show just before the grand opening on Saturday. She showed up on the subcamp stage and performed a little dance which enthusiastic Earhart’s followed. Is this the grand opening act for the jamboree in 2028?

It’s off with a bang for Bolt’s Track

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Essex Jamboree 2016 is finally here.It has been amazing to hear how fantastic and excited you have been in the build up to Jamboree. We have equally been excited about your arrival. As I currently sit here I can see the whole subcamp and a grand total of 4 tents are pitched. I know by the time you are reading this that is going to be closer to 400 with lots of happy and excited people, children and adults alike. 

So what can you expect from your GOLD winning subcamp? The helpdesk will be open 07:00-22:30 every day so if you are lost, don’t know what to do, don’t know where go etc. Then come on over there is no question to big or too small that they will attempt to answer. Don’t sit there worrying come over and say hi. We would much prefer you to ask the question than suffer in silence. 

If going to the helpdesk was not enough then we will have our “pink coats” team. The 5 happiest Bolt’s Track team members will each be allocated a few groups just to come over say hi and see how everyone is getting on. Make sure you offer them plenty of tea, coffee and cake.

The activities that are organised centrally are fantastic and I am very jealous that I won’t be able to take part in them. If however you fancy doing something a little bit different for one day why not pop over to our activities field. We will normally have something simple and fun for you to be able to get involved with. 

Each evening before the main activities get started in the Village Green, we will be doing all manner of events from food cooking to talent shows we will let you know well in advance what is going on when and where. I am sure there are millions of other exciting bits and pieces going on around our subcamp but rather than sit here and read them I am sure you want to go and explore and experience them for yourself.

We’re really excited to see you all soon!

Up, up and away!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Earhart’s Hangar’s subcamp leader is Tony, who along with the rest of the team, is looking forward to welcoming you onto site.  
Many of the team worked together 4 years ago on the Great Wall of China subcamp and had such a good time, that we had to come back to do it all again!  

We have a mixture of Scout and Guide leaders on the team, with our youngest member who is 1 year 3 months and 26 days old!  We have been busy on site setting up the subcamp, marking out your pitches and getting everything ready for you.

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932 at the age of 34.  She mysteriously disappeared in 1937 whilst attempting to fly solo around the world, and neither her nor her plane were ever found!  Earhart’s Hangar’s theme is transport through the ages and how this has helped to shape the world we live in today.

Outside our hub you will find a variety of different vehicles, why not pose for a picture or two! See if you can complete the 3 parts of Earhart’s Challenge – Land, Sea and Air by completing a quiz, challenge or craft activity.  In the craft tent we have lots of transport related crafts for you to have a go at. We also have some sports equipment and games if you want to make some new friends. If you can get a team together see if you can get the fastest time on our cannon run.  

Get set to blast off!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Over the next week you are invited to join us in outer space. The theme of our subcamp is Tereshkova’s Mission, named after Valentina Tereshkova. She was the first ever female Cosmonaut in Space, in June 1963. Tereshkova was from the Soviet Union and orbited the earth 48 times in the 3 days she was in space. She is still alive today and was a flag bearer at the last Winter Olympics, held in Russia in 2014.

During your time on our subcamp you will have the chance, if you are brave enough, to enter Area 51 and compete in our subcamp challenges. Or for those who are feeling a little more creative why not try making straw rockets, personalising a wooden key ring, making some paper mache planets or even building a Lego Star Wars model.

Watch out for Bob, our alien Mascot! He’s so excited to be at his first Jamboree, but be warned he is a bit mischievous! Alien Bob has asked his little cousins to visit us on site and we hear he has a lot of them, so things could get a little crazy!

Essex: “The birthplace of radio”

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

If you’re into your tech, then Marconi’s Mast is the subcamp for you. Italian engineer, Guglielmo Marconi is credited with the invention of the wireless radio. He chose Chelmsford as the place for the world’s first purpose built radio factory.

Ian Dobbin is heading up the Marconi’s Mast subcamp. He’s joined by team members from across the country. 

Explorer Scout Alex, 17, from Leigh-on-Sea is really looking forward to what promises to be an ‘amazing week’.With a model of Guglieilmo himself overlooking proceedings, participants will enjoy activities based on communications throughout the week. 

Tom, 34, is looking forward to the ‘Phone of Contention Challenge,’ which he describes as ‘innovative’. Aged just 15 months, Noah from Southend is the youngest member of the Marconi Mast Subcamp team. Wisely, he has brought his Mum and Dad along as well. This is mum Becky’s sixth EIJ. She’s ‘excited to welcome Noah to the Jamboree,’ and she hopes that he will attend ‘many more.’

Each troop in this subcamp will be given its own mini mast, but due to Ofcom regulations, it won’t be a very functional mast. It will look nice though. 

Our Very Own Taste of the Rainforest, Here in Essex!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Being named after the Brazilian environmental campaigner, Chico Mendes, who dedicated his life to protect the amazon rainforest, deciding on a theme for our subcamp was pretty straight-forward. From our subcamp mascot, a scarlet Macaw called Chico, to our rainforest camp themed hub, we hope that when you visit Mendes’ Rainforest you’ll find a little piece of Brazil here in the Essex countryside. 

Unlike many of the subcamp teams who have worked together before, the Mendes’ Rainforest team met for the first time yesterday! Some might think this is an adventurous or even risky move, but Subcamp Leader Sean “Skip” Hawser believes that couldn’t be further from the truth!

“I am fortunate to have a team  that I believe is, a fabulous blend of experience and youthful energy. One thing we all have in common though is a real desire to make Mendes’ Rainforest a great place to be! After all, it is not familiarity that makes a team, it is spirit. I believe we already have that in bundles!”

“With our team spread across the UK and one member living in the Netherlands,  it’s not been possible to get the team together until now. All that has meant though is we have had to be extremely well prepared and organised so that we can hit the ground running!

“One of the great things about Scouting and Guiding is that people have a ‘can do’ attitude and will do their best. I am sure this will be evident to those staying on Mendes’ Rainforest this week.”   

Mozart’s Bittersweet Symphony?

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Mozart sounds boring. He was born in 1756 and composed music. Compared with the other EIJ subcamp figures and their achievements, Mozart seems to be the odd grape in the bunch. Out of Newton, Bolt and Tereshkova, you’d be right. He was born a century and a half before the concept of Scouting even existed. He kept himself to himself and was often described as lonely, choosing to teach the piano to his older sister indoors rather than make new friends outside. So why would EIJ make Mozart an inspirational figure?

Throughout his lifetime, Mozart composed over 600 pieces of music. He was famous for his symphony and to this day it is still well known and played. But that is not why EIJ decided to feature Mozart in with this year’s EIJ theme of Our Changing World. Mozart was inspired from a very young age to play and compose music from his family, who then recognised his talents and his ability to compose melodies. 

He composed his first piece of music at only four years old, a feat achieved by no other musician before him. But the most important thing: his parents nurtured and developed his talent, and through them he was able to become famous, become successful and do what he loved.  And this is what Scouting, Guiding and the Jamboree, in essence, is all about.

When you go to participate in meetings each week, have you thought about what your leaders are ‘scouting’ you and your group to achieve in life; with the same for Guides and Explorers? A lot has changed between now and Mozart’s era.

Mozart had no connection with Scouting. Mozart isn’t the most exciting person either. But he has a lot in common with the thousands of young people attending the EIJ a whole two hundred and sixty year later in 2016 –being inspired from a young age by inspiring people, to do amazing things in the future. 

The Home of Hard Work

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

The staff subcamp caters for all necessities; whether it’s the camping area for valuable rest, the bar and restaurant for ultimate refreshment, or the beauty bar and training courses to enhance body and mind. We aim to offer a package that appeals to everyone and rewards all the people putting in the hard work to make the Jamboree happen. 

Necker Retreat is the staff camping area. As Richard Branson’s private island paradise, Necker Island is the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity. ‘Necker’ also fits in nicely as a well-known term used by scouts around the world.

The Staff Hub is ‘The Horizon’. Horizon Holidays was the first company to introduce package holidays, so was an innovator of its time. As you can see our theme revolves heavily around the idea of holidays, but the idea is to give Staff their own Jamboree experience, a place to come and relax, and have their own time to enjoy themselves.

With a Scouting and Guiding background and experience of working at the last 3 Essex Jamborees, Kate French is more than qualified to lead the Staff subcamp team. As well as her epic organisational skills (which comes hand in hand with a love of stationery), she brings her enthusiastic and fun personality to the role. Kate is looking forward to meeting lots of new faces and delivering a great experience for the Jamboree staff. 

Every superhero needs a sidekick, and Kate is no different! Her deputy is Jody Etherington. With about 80 people dedicated to running the Staff Subcamp, each area or team has a manager who reports to Kate. 
These are:
Karl Levene – Staff Campsite Manager
Clair Willis – Staff Media Manager
Lesley Jenkins – Tourist Information
Chris Taylor – Staff Catering Manager 
Elaine Boarer – Beauty Area Manager 
Tim Webb – Bar Manager 
Sue Carpenter and Richard Hudson – Staff Training Managers 

Make sure you say hi!

Newton Discovers Fun at the Jamboree

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Welcome to Newton’s Lab! The team are all very excited to meet you and will be doing their best to make sure you have a great time at your Jamboree. Lead by Danyel and Leanne, most of the team are Scouters from around Chelmsford and are joined by friends from elsewhere in Essex and further beyond. You’ll see the team around the subcamp during the week, wearing lab coats, purple hi-vis jackets and other costumes – make sure you stop and say hello! 

If you’ve got any interesting or funny stories, come and find Kris or Amy who are working with the teams producing the Jamboree newspaper and radio station to make sure your story is heard. If you’ve got any questions, problems or just fancy a chat, feel free to pop into the subcamp office whenever you like!

Newton’s Lab, named after world renowned physicist Isaac Newton, is all themed around the sciences. He was born in Lincolnshire on Christmas Day 1642. His works include the proof that the sun is at the centre of the solar system; creating the first reflecting telescope and the formation of the fundamental laws of modern physics.Perhaps his most famous achievement was identifying gravity. It is said that he did this after watching an apple fall from a tree which inspired him to further investigate the effects of gravity both on earth and in space.

Much of Newton’s work is still used across the world. He has provided inspiration for many scientists, such as Albert Einstein and Edmond Halley. We hope Newton will inspire many more people in the future, maybe even you!

Showing Their Caring Side

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Our Subcamp is named after Florence Nightingale a remarkable woman who lived for 90 years from 1820 to 1910. 

She made hospitals cleaner places and demonstrated that trained nurses and clean hospitals help sick people get better. In many ways she created modern nursing. Florence famously served as a nurse in the Crimean war working with a team of other nurses to save many wounded soldiers. Our subcamp will celebrate her life and achievements.  

Participants will be able to ‘operate’, learn about medical advances through the years, make their own mini lantern and compete for the prized ‘syringe’ during the week.

So, who are we? Well, if you were on Everest Subcamp in 2012 then you will recognise a few of us. This year we are ably lead by Steve Clarke and Charlotte Claughton.  The team are made up of Scouters and Guiders from all over the UK, not just local Essex folk.  We also have a number of first timers to the Jamboree as staff. So it will be a big learning experience for them to see what it’s like on the ‘other side’!

Camping by Numbers

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Hello fellow campers on O’Keeffe’s Subcamp and other people reading this section ‘how you doing?’ We are your communication reps on the gallery and we can’t wait to hear your stories over the coming week. 

We’ll be coming around all week to hear your news and see your talents, and as such want you budding singers, dancers and whatnot for EIJ Presents. Over the past few months our subcamp team has been brought together by our leader Rob and have formed ‘The Rob Squad’. 

Our subcamp is named after a famous artist and we would also like to think of ourselves as artists after designing the subcamp. From the giant pencils to the clapper boards on your sites and come ask one of the team about “Percy” the paint brush. You’ll see the team doing different jobs over the week, from being with you on activItes to being on the help desk if you need us look for the red scarfs with the white borders.

As you arrive on site get ready to have an amazing week, introduce yourself to other groups and come and meet the team behind it all. We’ve been here since Thursday to make sure you guys have a fabulous week. Get your tents up and see you for the opening ceremony! 

We’ll be glamping in style!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Hello, and welcome to Westwood's Wardrobe! We trust you had a safe journey and you've settled into your home for the week. If you're as excited as we are then you are in for a fantastic week filled with activities, new friends and fun.

If you haven't had a chance to meet your subcamp leaders then feel free to pop along to our subcamp hub, where both Emma and Victoria will be happy to talk to you. They are looking forward to showing you the world of fashion at Westwood's Wardrobe. We hope you like pink!

Our subcamp is themed after Vivienne Westwood and her unique sense of style. From flat-caps to bags or from dresses to suits, see if you can spot some of these in the wardrobes dotted around our site. Do you have an inner fashionista or think you're the next top model? Then pop by to our very own rope lit catwalk to strike a pose and strut your stuff.

We are still waiting for a mascot name, we've had some great entries, but we would like some more. So if you have an entry then pop down by the end of today, you could have the chosen name!