Jamboree News

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

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Random memories from our Subcamps

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Nightingales Ward

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 […]

Scottish Scouts achieve Nights Away Awards

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

In Scotland, Scouts can work towards achieving the Zodiac Award. This award provides increased opportunities for Scouts to enjoy Nights Away experiences as well as adding some extra fun challenges into the Scout Section Programme, such as camping above 2000 feet or below 0 degrees! There are three levels of Zodiac Award in the Scout […]

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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Newtons Lab

EIJ Presents: Be Part of the Show!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

The biggest Scouting and Guiding event in the UK is rapidly approaching and the excitement is building. We would like to give you the chance to show off your talents and perform in front of an audience of 10,000. Think ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X Factor’ – but bigger! “How can I take part […]

Getting Crafty at Newton’s Lab

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Participants at Newton’s Lab have had no excuse for being bored this week as craft-guru Max has been keeping hundreds of people occupied with some fantastic craft activities. With several different crafts each day, Maxine (and Guide Dog Puppy, Lacey!) have been busy helping people make some fantastic science-themed creations. Craft activities have included Newton’s […]

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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Tereshkovas Mission

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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Necker Retreat

The Home of Hard Work

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

The staff subcamp caters for all necessities; whether it’s the camping area for valuable rest, the bar and restaurant for ultimate refreshment, or the beauty bar and training courses to enhance body and mind. We aim to offer a package that appeals to everyone and rewards all the people putting in the hard work to […]

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 […]

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. […]

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Bolts Track

EIJ2016 Participant Monthly Email Newsletter

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Our archive of Monthly Emailed Newsletters sent to Groups can be found here

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 […]

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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Mozarts Symphony

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 […]

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, […]

Mozart visits EIJ

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Mozart himself was spotted at EIJ yesterday on the Mozart Symphony subcamp. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, aged 260, was seen refusing to help his hosts, Livingstone Explorers and 4th Thundersly Scout Group, put up their tents on arrival. He has also refused to talk to anyone at the Jamboree so far and does not want to […]

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Mendes Rainforest

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 […]

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 […]

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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Marconis Mast

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 […]

Getting Creative

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

When 7200 participants Scouts and Guides work together they can make a large impact. That’s what we are trying to do here at EIJ, with each participant decorating their own piece of bunting. These will then be used to decorate the entire Village and Village Green for today’s celebration day, making the area look more […]

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 […]

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Westwoods Wardrobe

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 […]

Tastes of the World

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Do you have a unique dish that you can share?  Are you an expert Pancake Maker?  Did your Grandmother pass down a secret recipe to you?  Do you have a national or local dish?  Are you just simply a ‘toast and jam’ man?  Whatever the case, we’d like you to share your favourite dish with […]

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 […]

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Earharts Hangar

Earhart’s Hangar Competition Awards

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!

Evan 13th birthday wakeup call

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

This morning at 7 o’clock the whole group of the 8th Rushden scouts woke up Evan for his 13th birthday. They all sang as loud as they could to wake up the birthday boy. Sorry if they woke some other groups. He was sort of awake to receive all his congratulations from all the members […]

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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