Jamboree News

All of the latest Essex International Jamboree news, live and ready to read, straight from everyone at the Jamboree!

From Gutenberg's Gazette

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Get set to blast off!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Over the next week you are invited to join us in outer space. The theme of our subcamp is Tereshkova’s Mission, named after Valentina Tereshkova. She was the first ever female Cosmonaut in Space, in June 1963. Tereshkova was from the Soviet Union and orbited the earth 48 times in the 3 days she was in space. She is still alive […]

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Random memories from our Subcamps

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Nightingales Ward

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 […]

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 […]

Get Creative

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

We will be attempting to create a giant line of bunting to represent every participant with a flag.  This bunting will symbolically unite us together and be a powerful image of all our new friendships.  To do this, we need you to bring a material triangle for each participant and leader made from old or […]

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Newtons Lab

Newton’s Lab Gateway Competition

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!

‘Thank You’ From Newton’s Lab

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A week has passed in Newton’s Lab and at EIJ 2016, and we hope that you’ve all had a fantastic, memorable week. We’ve had some great participants and groups on our Subcamp and we’ll genuinely miss you all when you leave the Jamboree. Over the last week you’ve taken part in hundreds of activities, overcome […]

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 […]

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Tereshkovas Mission

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 […]

Theming and Gateways

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

On Subcamps, we love to get into the spirit of ‘Our Changing World’ and are creating subcamps that will reflect that theme.  All our Subcamps are named after influential people in their area of expertise and your Subcamp will be laden with fun things related to that topic. However to help us get to know […]

Arrivals

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Some useful points about arriving on site, full details will follow in the Handbook: Groups are allowed onsite from 9.00am on Saturday 30th July. One vehicle per group is allowed on site at any time. All vehicles remaining in the car park must have a completed car park identity pass displayed in the windscreen at […]

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Necker Retreat

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. […]

Bog Squad: The unsung heroes

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… KERRY COLEMAN – Facilities, […]

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 […]

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Bolts Track

Arrivals

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Some useful points about arriving on site, full details will follow in the Handbook: Groups are allowed onsite from 9.00am on Saturday 30th July. One vehicle per group is allowed on site at any time. All vehicles remaining in the car park must have a completed car park identity pass displayed in the windscreen at […]

Your Camping Area

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Your Camping Area As you may be aware, the Essex International Jamboree takes place in an enormous field north of Chelmsford that we will transform into an amazing Village.  However, as with all town-planning, we have to consider every piece of space and utilise it in the best way.  This means that you will be […]

Theming and Gateways

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

On Subcamps, we love to get into the spirit of ‘Our Changing World’ and are creating subcamps that will reflect that theme.  All our Subcamps are named after influential people in their area of expertise and your Subcamp will be laden with fun things related to that topic. However to help us get to know […]

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Mozarts Symphony

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 […]

Arrivals

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Some useful points about arriving on site, full details will follow in the Handbook: Groups are allowed onsite from 9.00am on Saturday 30th July. One vehicle per group is allowed on site at any time. All vehicles remaining in the car park must have a completed car park identity pass displayed in the windscreen at […]

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 […]

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Mendes Rainforest

Our Very Own Taste of the Rainforest, Here in Essex!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Being named after the Brazilian environmental campaigner, Chico Mendes, who dedicated his life to protect the amazon rainforest, deciding on a theme for our subcamp was pretty straight-forward. From our subcamp mascot, a scarlet Macaw called Chico, to our rainforest camp themed hub, we hope that when you visit Mendes’ Rainforest you’ll find a little piece […]

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 […]

Let’s shout from the rooftops!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Do you know anyone with a great Jamboree story? Your EIJ Media team needs you!

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Marconis Mast

Theming and Gateways

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

On Subcamps, we love to get into the spirit of ‘Our Changing World’ and are creating subcamps that will reflect that theme.  All our Subcamps are named after influential people in their area of expertise and your Subcamp will be laden with fun things related to that topic. However to help us get to know […]

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 […]

Essex: “The birthplace of radio”

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

If you’re into your tech, then Marconi’s Mast is the subcamp for you. Italian engineer, Guglielmo Marconi is credited with the invention of the wireless radio. He chose Chelmsford as the place for the world’s first purpose built radio factory. Ian Dobbin is heading up the Marconi’s Mast subcamp. He’s joined by team members from across the country.  […]

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Westwoods Wardrobe

We’ll be glamping in style!

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Hello, and welcome to Westwood's Wardrobe! We trust you had a safe journey and you've settled into your home for the week. If you're as excited as we are then you are in for a fantastic week filled with activities, new friends and fun. If you haven't had a chance to meet your subcamp leaders […]

Fun at the Fair

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Everyone loves a fairground, and we’re no exception … that’s why we will be having all the Fun of the Fair one evening at the jamboree.  Each Group needs to bring a game that can be played at the Fair.  Examples of this include Roll a Dice, Hoopla, Hook a duck, Find the treasure and […]

Theming and Gateways

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

On Subcamps, we love to get into the spirit of ‘Our Changing World’ and are creating subcamps that will reflect that theme.  All our Subcamps are named after influential people in their area of expertise and your Subcamp will be laden with fun things related to that topic. However to help us get to know […]

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Earharts Hangar

Your Camping Area

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Your Camping Area As you may be aware, the Essex International Jamboree takes place in an enormous field north of Chelmsford that we will transform into an amazing Village.  However, as with all town-planning, we have to consider every piece of space and utilise it in the best way.  This means that you will be […]

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 […]

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 […]

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