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
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!
Read all the exciting tales and stories from every subcamp!
Every issue of the official camp newspaper, produced daily, now available online!
The jamboree in action over each day, told through photos
Some of the highlights and best moments of the Jamboree captured on video!
EIJ2016 is all about connecting with others from around the world and what better way to do that than to share traditional edible goodies with fellow participants? That’s exactly what was happening in Earhart’s Hangar when I went to visit last night. The stalls were selling everything from gingerbread men to paella, with inspiration from […]
Please see below for an update from our clothing supplier: “Due to an unprecedented amount of late orders coming in, we have had no choice but to close the EIJ Collection Site a few days early as we will not be able to fulfil anymore orders for collection on site after today. We will however […]
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 […]
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
We have got out our calculators and worked out some interesting facts about the Jamboree. The Essex International Jamboree site consists of 120 acres of grassland, which is an area equivalent to 13,000 standard matchboxes, placed side by side. The site itself is a mile long and half a mile wide. 105 hours of sunshine […]
Baden Powell once said: “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.” While EIJ2016, may be the first Jamboree for many participants, two people in particular […]
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. […]