Welcome to Mendes' Rainforest
Welcome to Mendes Rainforest Subcamp. Our Subcamp is named after Chico Mendez who worked tirelessly to preserve the Amazon Rainforest. If you join our Subcamp you can be assured that the whole team will work with just as much passion and enthusiasm to ensure your time at the Essex International Jamboree lives up to your expectations.
We are confident that our Subcamp will offer Scouts and Guides a first-class camp. From the moment you arrive to when you strike camp the Mendes Team will make sure you get the most out of your Jamboree Experience.
Taking our inspiration from Chico Mendes, the Mendes Subcamp Team will work with you to make your camp is a memorable one and that you get the most out of the activities the Jamboree has to offer.
We look forward to welcoming you in the Summer.
Mendes’ Rainforest Subcamp Team
I started my Scouting career when I joined 3rd Brentwood in 1980 and have been Scouting ever since. During my time in Scouting I have been involved as a Scout Leader and GSL and more recently as ADC Scouts for Brentwood. I have attended many Essex Jamborees, my first in 1988 as part of the Abseiling Team. I have been involved in the last two Essex jamborees as a participant Contingent Leader, so confess this will be my first Jamboree as a Subcamp Leader, however we have assembled a great team to make sure you have a fantastic camp and all the Scouts and Guides have the best time.
I look forward to meeting you next summer
Down to a Tee!
A Jamboree truly isn’t a Jamboree until you’ve donned your camp t-shirt emblazoned with the EIJ logo proud for all to see. You were there, the Essex International Jamboree 2016.
Once again Jamart, EIJ’s very own retailers, will be opening their doors (and webpages) for you to get your fill of those Jamboree wardrobe essentials. This year there is a range of tees, onsies and other clothing options, for you to shout about the event as a whole or showcase your sub-camp allegiance.
Helping you to be prepared these will be available for home delivery or pre-order using the onsite click & collect.
Together with clothing options abundant, Jamart will be offering an exciting range of souvenirs, everything from woggles and phonecases to shoelaces and special limited edition teddies. Speaking of cool new arrivals this year you will be able to purchase a campfire poncho and limited edition activity badges to adorn it. Plus, for the sweet toothed among you the range will not miss out treats to satisfy, whether it is a chilled drink or cheeky packet of sweeties. All these items will be listed below so you can calculate camp bank funds! but only available for purchase on site.
We have the ability to personalise individual and small orders as well as process large plain or personalised orders that will be ready in 48 hours so all bases are covered.
Additional Merchandise List
|Set of 12 sub-camp||Badges||£10.00|
|Activity Fun Badge||Badges (various)||tbc|
|EIJ / Event||Badge||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Soft Enamel Pin Badge||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Woggle Leather White||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Woggle Leather Green||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Wrist Band||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Lanyard White||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Lanyard Green||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Key Ring / Fob White Leather||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Key Ring / Fob Green Leather||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Shoe Laces EIJ Logo (pair)||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Coaster Leather||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Notepad||£0.60|
|EIJ / Event||Plastic Mug||£3.00|
|EIJ / Event||Pen||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Pencil||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Eraser||£0.80|
|EIJ / Event||Ruler||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Pencil Case||£3.50|
|EIJ / Event||Book Mark||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Bear with EIJ Hoody Large 13″||£10.00|
|EIJ / Event||Bear with EIJ Hoody Medium 10″||£8.00|
|EIJ / Event||Bear with EIJ Hoody Small – 6″||£6.00|
|Ultraviolet / Neon Night||Glowsticks, bracelets and novelty glow glasses (each)||£1.50|
|Selection of toys, games, torches and camping accessories.|
Let’s recap on what you need to do:
- Complete Registration Phase 2 with all your participant details and make your final payment
- Tell Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies and Cub troops about Junior Jam
- Read the Good Camping Guide and remind your participants about simple ways to maintain hygiene
- Familiarise yourself with the Jamboree policies
- Plan to bring everything to promote a high level of hygiene in your area
- Take a look at our themed events to plan costumes
- Tell us your special stories about fundraising or perhaps the journey you have planned to get to the Jamboree
- Build a gateway for individual pitch
- Promote EIJ Presents to your Scouts and Guides and use the full instructions on how to be Part of the Show no later than 5pm on 21st July
- Plan to bring a special food dish to share with approximately 50 people for your eveningof Tastes of the World
- Learn Our Changing World Jamboree Song before you arrive
- Plan a fundraising game for Fun of the Fair
- Bring a pre-cut triangle made from recycled/old material triangle for every participant (including leaders) – download bunting template
- Consider dining out at our onsite Chubbys Restaurant
- Place your final orders by 8th July for home deliveries of Subcamp Clothing Range from the EIJ2016 Store
- Place your final orders for food by 15th July from the Retail Food Warehouse using the Order Form
- Place your final orders by 18th July for site collection of Subcamp Clothing Range from the EIJ2016 Store
Catch up on all the information you need to know about your subcamp and life at Jamboree by reading through the subcamp newsletter archive!
What you need to know…
For everything you need to know about the Jamboree, the site, activities and what’s in store, please see our Handbook.
Find out what your group should wear to the different programme zones over Jamboree
Camping at the Essex International Jamboree is different to many other national camps, because we simply take over a farmer’s field for a week, unlike others that take place at County showgrounds and purpose-built campsites. Take a look at the Good Camping Guide to find out everything you need to know about camping at the jamboree!
A checklist of things you’ll want to bring to the Jamboree – from costumes to cleaning!
A recap on everything you need to do in preparation for coming to the Jamboree!
There will be an onsite pre-order supermarket and pop-up Fruit and Vegetable shop open during the Jamboree. Find out about what you can buy and what you can order and how it works!
We have our own international team who are here to welcome and support visitors travelling to Essex from outside the UK mainland. Find out everything you need if you’re bringing an international group to the Jamboree!
Before you come…
Want to have a group photo at your subcamp? Pre-book them in advance using this form
You’ll want to learn how to tie a friendship knot in a scarf in preparation for meeting all the new friends you’ll make at Jamboree!
While you’re at Jamboree…
Fancy something extra to eat? The famous Chubbys are at EIJ with a menu to cater for your every desire!
Direct from the Subcamp news teams
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!
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 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 […]
-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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The biggest Scouting and Guiding event in the UK is rapidly approaching and the excitement is building. We would like to give you the chance to show off your talents and perform in front of an audience of 10,000. Think ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X Factor’ – but bigger! “How can I take part […]
Your Camping Area As you may be aware, the Essex International Jamboree takes place in an enormous field north of Chelmsford that we will transform into an amazing Village. However, as with all town-planning, we have to consider every piece of space and utilise it in the best way. This means that you will be […]
Do you have a unique dish that you can share? Are you an expert Pancake Maker? Did your Grandmother pass down a secret recipe to you? Do you have a national or local dish? Are you just simply a ‘toast and jam’ man? Whatever the case, we’d like you to share your favourite dish with […]
Some useful points about arriving on site, full details will follow in the Handbook: Groups are allowed onsite from 9.00am on Saturday 30th July. One vehicle per group is allowed on site at any time. All vehicles remaining in the car park must have a completed car park identity pass displayed in the windscreen at […]
We will be attempting to create a giant line of bunting to represent every participant with a flag. This bunting will symbolically unite us together and be a powerful image of all our new friendships. To do this, we need you to bring a material triangle for each participant and leader made from old or […]
Everyone loves a fairground, and we’re no exception … that’s why we will be having all the Fun of the Fair one evening at the jamboree. Each Group needs to bring a game that can be played at the Fair. Examples of this include Roll a Dice, Hoopla, Hook a duck, Find the treasure and […]
We know your participants have amazing talent and we want to offer them a chance to showcase this at the Jamboree. Keep an eye on the EIJ Presents page for information on how to audition for this amazing opportunity but in the meantime please do let your Scouts and Guides know so they can think about […]
Our archive of Monthly Emailed Newsletters sent to Groups can be found here
On Subcamps, we love to get into the spirit of ‘Our Changing World’ and are creating subcamps that will reflect that theme. All our Subcamps are named after influential people in their area of expertise and your Subcamp will be laden with fun things related to that topic. However to help us get to know […]
Do you know anyone with a great Jamboree story? Your EIJ Media team needs you!
In addition to the main programme, Let's shout from the rooftops! will be doing:
Sunday 31st July
Daytime AM: Zone 8 – Tech. in Motion
Daytime PM: Zone 7 – On Target
Early Evening: Zone 13 – Flash Dance
Monday 1st August
Daytime AM: Zone 4 – On The Box
Daytime PM: Zone 3 – It’s a Knockout
Early Evening: Zone 15 – Fun of the Fair
Tuesday 2nd August
Daytime AM: Zone 1 – Express Yourself
Daytime PM: Zone 6 – Up & Under
Early Evening: Zone 11 – EIJ Presents
Wednesday 3rd August
Daytime AM: Zone 2 – Enterprise Zone
Daytime PM: Zone 10 – Wet & Wild
Early Evening: Zone 12 – Tastes of the World
Thursday 4th August
Daytime AM: Zone 9 – Island Survival
Daytime PM: Zone 5 – A Balancing Act
Early Evening: Zone 14 – Get Creative