Gutenberg's Gazette

The Gutenberg Gazette will be here all week to bring you the news from the Essex International Jamboree. There will be information about activities, evening events and the goings on around your subcamps and the rest of the site.

There will also be some content from participants, so keep an eye out for your name or the names of people you know on the bylines.

So don’t forget to pick up a paper from your subcamp and have a read, or take a look at the issues out so far!

Featured Stories

Earhart’s Fly-By event – Bas van de Ven

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Amelia Earhart was the first lady to fly all by herself over the Atlantic Ocean. So the Earhart’s staff set up a competition for the best, most beautiful airplane in the subcamp. A big variety of planes popped up on the central subcamps terrain. Some of them could carry a whole squad, others were outfitted […]

Tereshkova’s team work

Monday, August 1st, 2016

This morning saw the participants of Tereshkova’s Mission visiting Island Survival. What an amazing zone, with lots of fun activities to take part in. As I walked around the zone I was overwhelmed by the teamwork that was taking place. I could see leaders emerging and taking charge of a small group of participants as […]

Play, Fun and Adventure with Noa

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Most people are aware of Noa’s Club existing but very few people are aware of what it is or what happens there. With this in mind I went to have a look around and find out for myself. Situated behind A Balancing Act, Noa’s Club can be found in a colourful and vibrant marquee where […]

Group rises from the ashes

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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 […]

On The Box zone: As Seen on TV

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

-Ger Hennessy On Tuesday, Participants from O’Keeffe’s Gallery tried the activities available at On The Box: a collection of games and crafts inspired by TV shows such as The Cube, I’m a Celebrity and Scrapheap Challenge. If it’s been in the Radio Times, it’s likely you’ll find it here. In the Great British Bake-Off tent, […]

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 […]


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Out with a Bang!

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 […]

S’MORE S’MORE S’MORE

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. […]

International Participants

Friday, August 5th, 2016

As a truly International Jamboree, EIJ2016 has been run by not just Scouts and Guides from the UK; many staff members have travelled across National borders and from overseas to get here. Whether they have come from next door, (Scotland and Wales) over the road (Northern Ireland and Guernsey) or from the far off lands, […]

EIJ’s shining stars

Friday, August 5th, 2016

The level of talent was definitely not lacking at EIJ Presents yesterday afternoon! Participants and staff from all subcamps gathered in front of the main stage to enjoy the brave participants performing in front of judges Karen, Paul and James. Charlie who represented O’Keeffe’s Gallery with a rendition of ‘Skyfall’ that “Adele would be proud […]

Picnic on The Green

Friday, August 5th, 2016

JAKE DIXON 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 […]

Celebration Day

Friday, August 5th, 2016

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 […]

Subcamp Teams final words

Friday, August 5th, 2016

-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 […]

Staff Superstar!

Friday, August 5th, 2016

We asked the volunteer staff of EIJ2016 to nominate their own stand-out superstars from their teams. We received a few special mentions and the submissions were great to read, but there was one person who stood out with multiple nominations. Congratulations Richard Lawrence, you are our staff superstar of EIJ2016! Your hard work as team […]

Final words from Necker Retreat & The Horizon

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 […]

Essex International Jamboree 2016 was brought to you by…..

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

EIJ takes about 3.5 years to plan. After a well-deserved break, the Chief (or possibly Chiefs as seen in 2016) are appointed and start to work on the structure and team for the next event. By the time Jamboree arrives there are around 1500 staff signed up to deliver and support the week long camp. […]

Splish, Splash, Splosh: The Wettest n’ Wildest Zone

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

We’ve had pretty mixed up weather over the last few days. We’ve had rain, wind and a cold wind yet have proven that the fun carries on no matter the weather. However, it was an added bonus yesterday that the weather was sunny, warm and breezy when participants from Mozart’s Symphony visited the Wet n’ […]

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 […]

Piece of Moon on Camp

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

If you go to Tereshkova’s Mission subcamp HQ you will find a piece of moon rock. You must wash your hands before touching it and you can only use one finger as it is very valuable and highly fragile.

Pants Obsession

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Jake Dixon 5th Billericay from Bolt’s Track are obsessed with pants, even their gateway is a pair of pants! They held a competition to see who could put on the most pants in 1 minute. The winner was Anna who put 19 on in 60 seconds!

Presenting EIJ

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

For the past five nights’ battle has commenced in the Junior Jam Arena as incredible performers compete for the title of EIJ Presents Champion 2016. Over the past week the stage has been filled with colours, lights and music as every talent imaginable was showcased. We were treated to performances of singing, dancing, karate and […]

EIJ presents finalist

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Subcamp Earhart’s Hangar Name of Young Person Zoë & Madeleine Group Thaxted Scouts Performance (Song/Dance/Sketch) Medley Song (duo) Description of Performance – any highlights to look out for? (Max 50 words) The girls are singing a medley of popular songs together, one with a ukulele and one on an acoustic guitar. Be surprised by their […]

Senior Section Spectacular Challenge Badge Achieved

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Earlier in the week you may have read about the Senior Section Spectacular Challenge Badge which you can earn by completing various activities around camp. Well, the first four badges have now been given out and they’ve gone to a group of Scouts from Braintree District Explorers, Bolt’s Track. They have been working towards the […]

50 nights and counting

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Nights away or residential events, whether camping, hostelling, sleepovers or bivouacs, form an integral part of Scouting and Guiding, and are something that every young person should have the opportunity to take part in. By the time 12yr old Andrew Thomson from 48th Fife Scouts leaves EIJ16 he will have completed 50 nights away. For […]

Chief Guide Visit

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The new Chief Guide, Valerie Le Vaillant arrived on site yesterday morning for a look at all the great activities going on at EIJ. She brought her two daughters, both of whom are in Senior Section in Kent, and the trio got stuck into trying out activities. Valerie watched proudly as her two daughters jumped […]

What do the participants of Tereshkova think of the jamboree

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 […]

A Job well done, over many years.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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 […]

Showcasing global traditions and talent

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

A sense of calm is apparent in the Global Showcase as participants took time out from the energetic Jamboree life and enjoyed some quiet activities that celebrated the international scale of Scouting and Guiding. We spoke to 2nd Langham Scouts Imogen and Amelia from Tereshkova’s Mission, they were busy decorating candle holders to project different […]

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 […]

Put your paws up!

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Without a shadow of a doubt you won’t want to miss the furry friends on site! We have welcomed “The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association” and they can be found in the Balancing Act zone. I had a chat with Sue Foster, their Community Engagement Officer for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex: “We’re here to […]

Under, Over, Pepsi-Cola!

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Up and Under has been a great success, with participants and staff marvelling at the heights you can reach on the crate stacking, and the steep descent on the zip wire. Participants from Bolt’s Track were having a fantastic time exploring the zone today. I caught up with excited Maisie and Emily from Maldon District […]

Fun at the circus!

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the amazing show down at the Circus Extravaganza! With a roaring tigress and a terrific trapezist there’s fun to be had for everyone! First we saw Emily, who showed us all the ‘bear necessities’ of the jungle, before she shocked the audience with a spectacular roar. She also […]

What does Bob think of the Jamboree?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

I intercepted this transmission from Bob Hi M1085 this is Bob as you know I managed to catch a lift to the planet earth in the space ship with those humans wearing white suits and helmets on their head. I have managed to gain entry to something called a Jamboree. From covertly listening to the […]

Group rises from the ashes

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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 […]

On Target

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

On target! The sun was shining and Marconi’s Mast were out at On Target; across the field there could be heard shouts of “BULLSEYE”, “GOAL” and “SCORE”! So many different things to get stuck into. We chatted to a group of Scouts from Southend-on-Sea who had just finished their turn on the football pitch, “mental, […]

Overcoming Fear

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 […]

I Got the Power!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Whether you’re playing football, flying your kite or catching virtual monsters, there are plenty of reasons why you would want to be running around outside and having lots of fun. So this week at Essex International Jamboree UK Power Networks set up shop inside the Technology in Motion Zone to try and help everyone stay […]

Express Yourself

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The Scouts and Guides of O’Keeffes subcamp had a great time at the Express Yourself zone where there is a total of nine activities ranging from singing to presenting, drumming, radio presenting, journalism and dance. With so much going on we couldn’t possibly do this on our own so we called on our very own […]

Play, Fun and Adventure with Noa

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Most people are aware of Noa’s Club existing but very few people are aware of what it is or what happens there. With this in mind I went to have a look around and find out for myself. Situated behind A Balancing Act, Noa’s Club can be found in a colourful and vibrant marquee where […]

Getting in the zone

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 […]

Badge Swapping

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Do you have a spare County or District badge? Maybe you have a duplicate limited edition badge, or one from another country you’re willing to swap. If so head over to the back of the Jamart (where the EIJ clothing is being sold) where you will find the badge swapping tables. You can trade your […]

The next generation get a mini adventure of their own

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Where at EIJ2016 would you find plastic horses, real lizards, snakes and Brown Owls? Why, Junior Jam, of course. The excitement was palpable on EIJ Way yesterday morning as EIJ2016 was invaded by hundreds of Brownies, Rainbows, Cub and Beaver Scouts. On the first of two Junior Jam days on site, Essex’s younger Scout and […]

A History of Mar-code-ni

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 […]

YouShape Catch Up with Jay

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

What does Youth Shaped mean to you? Well, I caught up with Jay Thompson, Deputy UK Youth Commissioner to chat what Youth Shaped means to him. I was invited down to where Jay is based with his Explorers and Scouts, they have travelled all the way from the Isle of Man. “I’ve got my leader […]

Going Global

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

As we all know, this is an International Jamboree and nowhere is this more evident than in the Global Showcase. Upon walking into the tent a sense of calm was apparent as participants escaped the energetic Jamboree life and enjoyed some quiet activities that celebrated the international scale of Scouting and Guiding. We spoke to […]

Mozart’s Symphony Classical ball

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Complete with Vienesse Whirls and experimental cocktails, Mozart’s Symphony danced the night away in Tuesday evening’s Classical ball. Held in the subcamp hub, the night included a visit from Mozart in subcamp leader Toby’s mysterious absence and a chance to try some colourful cocktails. Groups could sample Mozart’s Mix, orange juice with lemonade, Beethoven’s Buzz, […]

Wet & Wild report for Earhart’s

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The participants of Earhart’s Hangar subcamp had a fantastic time at the Wet n’ Wild zone! After two grey and rainy days, it was a relief to see the sun break through the clouds, helping the participants to dry after a morning of awesome water activities. At 9am the enthusiastic participants popped up at the […]

Badge Swap

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

In true International Jamboree style Badge Swapping is featuring heavily across the camp and it’s no different on Tereshkova’s Mission Subcamp. On Tuesday the Subcamp hosted a badge swap evening in The Hubble. Approx 25 participants and adults attended who all waited eagerly clutching their bag of badges to show others. If you missed out […]

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 […]

Balancing Act-ion Packed Adventure

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 […]

Let it Glow, Let it Glow or We Didn’t Start the Fire

Wednesday, August 3rd, 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 […]

L’armoire De Désaccord

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Over at Westwood’s Wardrobe we have set a challenge for our participants. We’ve called it ‘l’armoire de désaccord’ which is French for wardrobe of contention. The idea, is to allow the participants to challenge each other and staff members on the sub camp to win the wardrobe and pass it round the site. The first […]

Fuelling the Jamboree

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… CHRIS TAYLOR – Staff […]

On The Box zone: As Seen on TV

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

-Ger Hennessy On Tuesday, Participants from O’Keeffe’s Gallery tried the activities available at On The Box: a collection of games and crafts inspired by TV shows such as The Cube, I’m a Celebrity and Scrapheap Challenge. If it’s been in the Radio Times, it’s likely you’ll find it here. In the Great British Bake-Off tent, […]

Explore The Forum

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

By this stage of EIJ there is every chance you might be needing a break from dancing the night away and would prefer something a little quieter in your evening. If this is the case, then why not pop into The Forum every night from 20:30-22:30 in the tent at the back of the Express […]

A Hidden Oasis

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

If searching for a place of peace and serenity, or somewhere to purchase drinks and sweets for a well needed energy boost then look no further than the Oasis Tuckshop. Situated close to the sports field, this is the ideal location to purchase a mid-afternoon snack and to keep hydrated without having to walk miles […]

Get Limber with Lizzie and Chloe

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

I spoke to Chloe and Lizzie of Bolt’s Track who head up the morning Aerobic sessions that are so beloved that they have returned for 2016! What is it? Bolts Morning Aerobics ™ is an adrenaline fuelled blood pumping athletic challenge which will get your Jamboree day off to a great start Who can come? […]

It’s All About Aerobics And Yoga

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Here on Westwood Wardrobe’s we start our days off with a stretch. Just before morning activities start we run our very own aerobics and yoga sessions here on the sub camp. Pumping all our participants’ sprits up before they leave our site to go and explore the other activities we have to offer at EIJ. […]

Give it your best shot!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

On Target is a zone for all those sharp eyed participants on EIJ, as it involves a number of activities that focus on having a good aim and great hand to eye coordination! However, if like me you are totally inept at anything involving throwing, shooting, firing and generally aiming, never fear! These activities are […]

Flashdance

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In the furthest corner of the Jamboree site you will find ‘Flashdance’. We joined O’Keefe Gallery’s and Mozart’s Symphony as they ventured over one slightly damp and definitely darkening evening, the atmosphere was perfectly shrouded in the air of mystery. Unfortunately, we have been sworn to secrecy, those of you who have attended know the […]

The Senior Section Spectacular!:)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Alex Richardson No jamboree is complete without a badge to earn and EIJ 2016 is not one to break tradition. 2016 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the Girlguiding Senior Section, which encompasses all members of Girlguiding aged between 14 and 25, so to celebrate this achievement The Senior Section Spectacular Challenge was born and is […]

Jamboree Fitness

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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 […]

Cracking up on Newton’s Lab

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Over the course of the Jamboree week, there’s a “Bone of Contention” competition running over at Newton’s Lab, where groups can challenge one another at whatever they like. The Subcamp team kicked things off on Monday night with a cracker eating challenge against the girls from 1st Watton Guide Unit. The two teams of five […]

Ooops!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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 […]

Gambling at Earhart’s & Mendes’ charity event!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

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 […]

Going Up And Under

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 […]

American-England Exchange

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Essex International Jamboree, a large party of people from all over the world right here in a field in Chelmsford. O’Keeffe’s is no different we have internationals from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and like Georgia O’Keeffe herself, America. On Sunday night representatives from each country went to the international reception accompanied by our International Liaison Cathy […]

Welcome to the family

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Every day at 9am we raise all the international flags encircling the village green, but for the turn of Marconi’s Mast on Monday there was a extra special surprise! 5 new members from 2 groups were invested by camp chief Karen Packer. Ben, Ryan and Max, all 10 and from 1st Wilmington scouts said “it […]

Earhart’s Fly-By event – Bas van de Ven

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Amelia Earhart was the first lady to fly all by herself over the Atlantic Ocean. So the Earhart’s staff set up a competition for the best, most beautiful airplane in the subcamp. A big variety of planes popped up on the central subcamps terrain. Some of them could carry a whole squad, others were outfitted […]

64 Years at Essex International Jamboree

Monday, August 1st, 2016

1952 saw the second ever Essex International Jamboree, held at Belchamps Scout Campsite in Hockley. Barry Smoothy was a Scout with the 2nd Southchurch Troop at the time and has fond memories of his first Jamboree. 64 years later, Barry is back at EIJ, now as an Assistant Scout Leader, but still with the 2nd […]

Arrivals Catastrophe

Monday, August 1st, 2016

When planning your arrival to camp there is nothing worse than being hindered by an unexpected incident whether that be a delay on your flight, roadworks on the motorway or even having to cope with a stranded kit trailer and a broken down minibus. This is exactly what happened to 7th Peterborough Scouts of Earhart’s […]

Technology in Motion Mozart’s Symphony

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Technology in Motion was in full swing as Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp descended on the zone to learn and explore. The zone was fitted out with multiple activities combining transport and technology. Charlie, David, Adam and Josh from 1st Welford Scouts visited the activity run by the British Radio Car Association. Before having a go on […]

Chico Mendes Mosaic

Monday, August 1st, 2016

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 […]

Mongolian Adventure

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Steve Sudbury has been to an impressive fourteen Essex Jamborees and countless other International Jamborees in his 52 years of Scouting! In August next year Steve and four other leaders are leading a group of 15 Explorer Scouts from Halstead and Colne Valley District to the 31st Asia Pacific Regional Jamboree, which is taking place […]

On Brand

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Today I visited the Jamart, filled with goodies to the rafters from laces to mugs to key-rings and phone-cases. Plus, a wall of sweets and drinks to boost the sugar levels to keep you going from dawn to dusk on all the activities! I approached just as the shop had opened yet already many excited […]

The Corominas Cup

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Groups on Nightingale’s Ward can compete for the Corominas Cup this week. Manuel Jalon Corominas was a Spanish engineer. Although the history of the syringe goes back to Roman times, Corominas is credited with inventing the first the two-piece disposable syringe in 1973. This was an important creation as it would subsequently replace the glass […]

Tereshkova’s team work

Monday, August 1st, 2016

This morning saw the participants of Tereshkova’s Mission visiting Island Survival. What an amazing zone, with lots of fun activities to take part in. As I walked around the zone I was overwhelmed by the teamwork that was taking place. I could see leaders emerging and taking charge of a small group of participants as […]

Bolt’s Challenge

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Monday morning saw the usually tranquil Bolt’s Track turn into an action packed but bijou Winter Olympic park. Wheelbarrow bobsleds, paired skiing, archery and making lots of noise were the events of the day. Boltarians turned out in force to compete in these inspiring and well-designed events. A very Boltic modern take on the classic […]

Island Survival with Tereshkova’s Mission

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 […]

The Beach

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Oh I do like to be beside the sea side! Well, not quite. Budgets didn’t quite stretch to bringing a whole sea to EIJ 2016, but everyone’s favourite bit of the sea side is the beach, right? 3 lorry loads of sand was brought free of charge by Hanson Aggregates from Birch, Colchester just so […]

Absolutely Quakers

Monday, August 1st, 2016

You may have seen some very creatively designed duck woggles swimming about the EIJ site… From ninja ducks to Ben10 these funky woggles are a unique way of keeping your necker (or scarf!) looking tidy and bright! These weird and wacky woggles are down to Peth the “Duck Lady”. Peth is selling duck woggles to […]

Around the world in 80 dishes

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Sunday evening was International evening on Tereshkova’s Mission Suncamp. Each unit was invited to bring a local dish or a dish from another country. We had everything from Haggis from Scotland to Eton’s Mess from America on show. All 900 participants on the sub camp got involved in making and trying the different foods. One […]

All the Fun of the Fair

Monday, August 1st, 2016

There is nothing like a Penny Fair to build excitement and provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and mix with many new people. As I approached the event held by Westwood’s Wardrobe and Nightingale’s Ward, the hum of happy chatter seemed to grow louder and became interspersed with cheers and groans as successes and losses […]

The Fun-maker

Monday, August 1st, 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….. JAMES HOWELL – Director […]

Craft Barn

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Hopefully over your two days at The Jamboree you will have become familiar with The Village. It’s a space which you may believe to be a bustling hive of activity, somewhere noisy, exciting and an energetic centre point of life at Essex International Jamboree. Well you’d be only partially correct. We will all have points […]

Gertrude ‘GO’

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Gertrude GO! You might have noticed that much to the frustration of many happy campers, there isn’t any Pokemon to find over the EIJ site. Well forget searching for Pokemon because we have an alternative which doesn’t involve the use of a smart phone or the internet… Come to Nightingale’s Ward and search for Gertrude! […]

VIP@EIJ

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Yesterday EIJ welcomed a very special guest: Wayne Bulpitt! Wayne is the UK Chief Commissioner for the Scout Association so we felt very lucky to have him at the site. Upon arrival, Wayne was met with Sophie and Emily Volunteer Hosts who gave Wayne a personalised tour of all the activities on site. He was […]

Nightingales’s Ward ‘On the Box’

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Nightingales Ward and their mascot Gertrude took part in ‘On theBox’ this afternoon. They took part in activities connected to their favourite TV programmes like ‘Bake Off’, ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ and ‘Bush Tucker Trials’ to name just a few. Gemma, Izzy and Emma from 7th New Malden Guides and 1st Gillingham built their own go kart […]

Express Yourself with Newton’s Lab

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Approaching the Express Yourself zone this afternoon, the last thing I expected to hear was the sounds of African drums beating in rhythm radiating out from the Forum as the members of Newton’s Lab were creating an atmosphere perfect for excitement and competition. Meanwhile outside teams of Guides and Scouts made friends as they raced […]

Atlantic-wide Friendships

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Making new friendships is one of the greatest features of any international camp and when those friendships span countries and seas it really is quite incredible. We caught up with ISCA ESU & Welsh Dragons ESU who have been communicating with the 4th Midland Group from Canada, they are both camped in Bolt’s Track and […]

Your jamboree week in numbers

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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 […]

Warning: Fruit and Vegetables found on site

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

JAKE DIXON AND ALEX RICHARDSON Roll up, roll up, we have our very own market right here on camp! As the Jamboree continues fresh fruit and vegetables can become quite scarce as apples and carrots go mushy in the bottom of the cool box, making maintaining a balanced diet difficult to achieve. Fortunately here at […]

No discs… just desert island survival

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

After all that dancing and partying at the Opening Ceremony on the Village Green last night, you’ll definitely be eager to get stuck in with all the activities taking place throughout the week. You’ll be amazed to know that together, over a million hours of volunteer time will be spent over the EIJ, and there’s […]

Making art add up over on O’Keeffe’s Gallery

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

We hope you have all settled in well and had a great time at the Opening Ceremony. When you all get a chance go around our subcamp and take a look around. Your book sand stars will be going up to form ‘The Library’ and our ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’. Until then come and meet […]

Subcamp Challenges and awards – Are you brave enough??

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

We all know the Scouts and Guides on the best subcamp at EIJ 2016 love a bit of competition. We have the ultimate challenge for you, the Tereshkova’s Challenge… this is your opportunity to challenge the current holders of the challenge trophy. All you need to do is come with a challenge, it could be […]

Discovering what’s in store this week made easy

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Were you to have attended the Discovery Fair in the Village Green you would have encountered sample activities from many of the discovery zones that you will be exploring throughout your time here at Essex International Jamboree. The Enterprise Zone provided a taste of entrepreneurship with samples of sweet treats that participants will be baking […]

Baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough now safe

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Joseph Laws A petrified baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough Scouts on Saturday is now safe. The hare was seen yesterday morning near Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp in a healthy condition. Helen West, Deputy Subcamp Leader, said: “Well, on arrival the group, 4th Wellingborough Scouts spotted two baby hares separated from their mother on their […]

Baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough now safe

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Joseph Laws A petrified baby hare rescued by 4th Wellingborough Scouts on Saturday is now safe. The hare was seen yesterday morning near Mozart’s Symphony Subcamp in a healthy condition. Helen West, Deputy Subcamp Leader, said: “Well, on arrival the group, 4th Wellingborough Scouts spotted two baby hares separated from their mother on their […]

FASHION FASHION FASHION!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Our mascot name has been chosen! We are pleased to announce Woolly as the mascot for Westwood’s Wardrobe. Woolly is a symbol of everything we do here on this subcamp. He is fun, enthusiastic and ready to challenge himself. Our mini-competitions give our participants a chance to take home a miniature Woolly! Our aerobics classes […]

Imagine The Apprentice @ Essex

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The first day of activities started ‘sweetly’ for Tereshkova’s Mission, as the participants took part in the Enterprise Zone where they were given the opportunity to be an apprentice of Sir Alan Sugar! The participants were given the challenge to create, market and sell a new sweet using a set budget, where the winners would […]

Wet, Wild and Ab-Zorbing!

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 […]

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 […]

Brushing up on where to brush

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

By Joseph Laws When brushing teeth, it is important that groups do not use the toilets or water points around camp. Staff Harry Emmerson and Elaine Nicholls spent yesterday morning putting up signs around camp to remind participants to clean their teeth at their own camps and not at the loos or taps. Harry Emmerson, […]

An Extra Team Member on Newton’s Lab

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

If you head over to Newton’s Lab, you might notice an extra member on their team. Lacey is a labrador/curly coat retriever cross and is in the early stages of training to be a Guide Dog. Her visit to EIJ will help her get used to meeting new people, loud noises and moving around in […]

i.Scout, i.Drive

Sunday, July 31st, 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….. DAVE DRYDEN – Chief […]

Star is born?

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Lise, the daughter of 2 of the Earhart’s staff stole the show just before the grand opening on Saturday. She showed up on the subcamp stage and performed a little dance which enthusiastic Earhart’s followed. Is this the grand opening act for the jamboree in 2028?