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

Island Survival with Tereshkova’s Mission

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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 […]

A History of Mar-code-ni

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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 […]

EIJ Presents

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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 […]

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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 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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What do the participants of Tereshkova think of the jamboree

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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 […]

Technology in Motion

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

With the first day of activities thoroughly underway, I headed over to the Technology in Motion Zone to see what all of the commotion was about. With nearly 20 different activities to have a go at, you are sure to have a ‘wheely’ great time at Technology in Motion. The most popular activity by far […]

Getting in the zone

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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 […]

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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 14 – Get Creative

This is a chance for your subcamp to work together to create a large scale craft. You will individually design and produce your own piece of bunting, made from recycled materials.


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

See the rest!

Jamboree in Action