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

Day 5 Roundup: Fires and Challenges

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Thursday, August 4th, 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 […]

Overcoming Fear

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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 […]

A Horsea, a Horsea, My Kingdom for a Horsea!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

As you wander through Essex International Jamboree, every now and then, you’ll see some people – Participants, Staff & Leaders – staring intently at their phones while pointing them at nothing in particular and swiping as if it’s going out of fashion. EIJ2016 is in a massive field, with long walks between subcamps and activity […]

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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 Magazines

A collection of all the special moments and memories of the Jamboree together in a memory magazine. 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 90 minutes of video with over 9 0minutes of content including ceremonies and special features. 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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Balancing Act-ion Packed Adventure

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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 […]

S’MORE S’MORE S’MORE

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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. […]

Jamboree Fashion

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

In the words of Coco Chanel, “every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway” and it’s no different here at Essex International Jamboree where we have seen attire like no other. As your resident fashion reporter (for in the non-Jamboree world I work in high-end fashion) I was ask to report […]

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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 7 – On Target

Come and shoot, fire, chuck, throw, kick, fling, heave, lob, hurl, and launch every kind of object at every kind of target! Clay Pigeon shooting! Archery, Air Rifles interspersed with loads of smaller activities, such as skittles, darts, to name just a few. The only question is, which target do you think you can hit?


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

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Jamboree in Action