Welcome to Essex International Jamboree 2016

1000’s of Scouts and Guides from around the world have joined together to experience an amazing 8 days of fun, discovery and adventure!

Pick your subcamp to see the latest subcamp news, pictures and programme from your subcamp!


Relive the Experience

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Essex Jamboree 2016 saw 10,000 Scouts and Guides from across the world come together for a week of fun, adventure and challenge in a 120 acre-field near Chelmsford.

With over 100 different activities in 30 zones, from abseiling to zorbing, participants had the unique opportunity to true somethnig new, create lasting memories and make international friendships.

Under the Jamboree theme ‘Our Changing World’, young people gained awareness about the global community and showcased everything that is best about Scouting and Guiding.

The Jamboree was run by 2,000 Scout and Guide volunteers, dedicated to making seven days and nights and unforgettable experience.

You can also relive all the moments of the Jamboree through reading all the news stories and articles and reports from the Jamboree, the media and from each of the subcamps.

Our media and communication teams have been hard at work over the entire Jamboree, taking photos, writing stories, making videos and producing content. Take a look at everything that we’ve collected over the week!

Subcamp Stories

Read all the exciting tales and stories from every subcamp!

Gutenberg’s Gazette

Every issue of the official camp newspaper, produced daily, now available online!

Photo Collection

The jamboree in action over each day, told through photos

Video Collection

Some of the highlights and best moments of the Jamboree captured on video!

Favourite Memories

These Milkshakes Bring All The Scouts To The Yard

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Easily identified by the large blue guitar outside the front door, the Soft Rock Café in The Village is probably one of the most popular places here at Essex International Jamboree with a quarter of all participants and staff visiting each day. The Soft Rock Café has been open all week long and has been […]

Marconi Awards

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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 […]

Light, cameras, action: Essex International Jamboree partners with Event, Sound and Light

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Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Event, Sound and Light will provide staging, light and sound equipment for the Jamboree next July. Event, Sound and Light (ESL), who provide professional event services have signed up for Essex International Jamboree. ESL sell, hire and install professional audio, light and video equipment and will help with setting up the infrastructure of the Jamboree. […]

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Jamboree News

Your Jamboree Memories to Keep Forever

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016

You can keep your Jamboree Memories alive forever with our range of memories to take home and Jamboree merchandise for you to enjoy!

Your photos

For all your personal and group photos, head on over to our media page where you can find out how to buy your photos online. Both printed and digital copies of photos will be available. Find out more

Memory Books

A collection of all the special moments and memories of the Jamboree together in a memory book. Available for online order and delivery from our online shop.

Jamboree DVD

A specially edited collection of the great moments captured on video over the Jamboree, with up to 75 minutes of video for your viewing pleasure. Available for online order and delivery on our online shop.

EIJ Badges and Merchandise from Jamart

Subcamp badges, activity badges, jamboree badges, bookmarks, stationary, woggles, mugs and for all your other merchandise needs, head to our EIJ Shop, where you will be able to buy Jamart merchandise online.

Out with a Bang!

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Wow! What an afternoon!

The ceremony truly started at 3pm when Living Rogues took to the main stage; the three of them satisfied our ears with their indie acoustic tones. As the sun began to fade we all joined West End All-stars for our favourite musical numbers, with their broad and varied repertoire and their amazing costumes, really did have something for everyone! There wasn’t a person in the crowd who wasn’t singing along!

As the sun set we were treated to the Soundclash of the year as the two DJs went head to head with their best musical munitions! The crowds hollered as the first few bars indicated their favourite was about to hit the decks, “TUUUUUNNNNNEEEEE” yelled Sarah, from Scotland, as she bounced around with the hundreds of others. The soundclash almost became a dance off as the crowd were throwing wild shapes all evening! Ger from Ireland laughed, “I think I might have just lost a dance off, but even now at the end of the week I feel like I’m still making friends!”

After the bopping and dancing a surprise carnival of all the Essex International Jamboree staff; from Bog Squad to Security, Communications to Welfare paraded through the Village. It was great to hear the woops and cheers, possibly some of the loudest all week in celebration of the efforts of all the hardworking volunteers that made EIJ the success it was!
Next Scouts and Guides stood amazed as the astounding aerialists tumbled and weaved through their rippling silks, James a Scout from 5th St Ives said, “I have seen things like this on telly before, but I never thought I’d see it live!” The Jamboree cast also performed top class routines with music that had us dancing along with them.

It was a poignant moment as we watched the flags fall. Although it symbolised the end of a fantastic week, we will all cherish the memories made and as you looked around the arena you could see new friends stood side-by-side. As the many colours of the international flags fluttered we were reminded of how Scouting and Guiding are wonderful examples of a worldwide community who strive to expand and continue friendships without borders; we leave EIJ as positive role models in our changing world!
Essex International Jamboree lit up the skyline, to our delight we watch as the night sky sparkled and fizzed. Sounds of “oooohs” and “ahhhhs” were heard across the Village Green, it was a stunning way to conclude not just the closing ceremony but also the week.

It’s farewell but not goodbye. Essex International Jamboree will return in 2020. Scouts and Guides we hope to see you again and Explorers and Senior Section have you considered joining our fantastic staff team? We can guarantee it will be just as big and as brilliant, we’ll see you there!

Lizzie and Alex

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Subcamp News

Mendes’ Rainforest Competition Awards

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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

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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

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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! Congratulations!

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Wet, Wild and Ab-Zorbing!

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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 […]

Going Up And Under

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Monday, August 1st, 2016

One of the many fun and exciting bases that you can expect to go to or have already been to is Up and Under. This base is situated behind Tereshkova’s Mission and Bolt’s Track sub camps, allowing you to partake is numerous of different activities. With activities such as, abseiling, rock climbing, crate stacking, and […]

Final words from Necker Retreat & The Horizon

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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 […]

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About Essex International Jamboree

About the Jamboree

Find out more about the aims and objectives of the Jamboree!

Junior Jam

Cubs, Brownies, Beavers and Rainbows can come too!


Zone of the Moment

Zone 24 – Soft Rock Cafe

Come to the seaside and visit our cafe. We can offer you milkshakes, smoothies, cocktails and other soft drinks and snacks. Just some of the exciting things on offer to you at the Soft Rock Cafe. We will be open from 9.30 am to 10.30 pm and you can come in any time you are not busy taking part in activities. At night-time the Cafe is the place to be when you want to chill out with your friends, enjoy good music and have a tasty drink. Our milkshakes are legendary at EIJ, especially our Oreo Cookie shake! You'll be coming back for more, we guarantee!


There are 30 exciting programme zones taking place throughout the Jamboree.

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Jamboree in Action