Welcome to Marconi's Mast
Here at Marconi’s Mast, we are going to share the changes to our world through technological developments.
We hope to have some hands on activities to help understand how things have moved on since discovering the fire & wheel.
As Chelmsford is the birthplace of radio, we thought our name links in nicely with some grassroots references.
Looking forward to sharing our experience with you all.
Marconi’s Mast Subcamp Team
Whether as an “honorary” Brownie from birth, or a Cub since I was 8, I’ve been involved with the BP Movement all my life in one way, shape or form.
Since leaving the Youth side of the Movement at the age of 20, my involvement progressed into a Leadership role with a Cub Pack and has also extended into other roles including over 5 years as a Deputy Network Commissioner responsible for running the National MAD weekend event, and my current roles as ADC Cubs & TA for Southend Estuary.
I have supported many Essex Scout & Guide events over the years by assisting at County Marathons, Essex weekends, the Essex Experience, the Explorer sections WINTAC, the Scout sections GIGA CAMP & ESCAPE, the Cub sections MEGA CAMP and also taken part in some of the recent Guiding Centenary celebrations.
I have been involved in Essex Jamborees since 1996 covering such areas as the ‘It’s a Knockout’ Team (1996, 2008 & 2012), Staff Ents (Entertainments) in 2000 and the main Ents Team as their maintenance crew in 2004. I was also lucky enough to be part of the main Stage Team for 2005 Eurojam & 2007 Worldjam when they dropped by in Chelmsford.
For 2016, I fancied a change of roles and to see a Jamboree from a different perspective by taking on running a Subcamp.
This will probably be my biggest challenge in Scouting and one I am looking forward to with my Team to look after around 800 people prior to, and at, EIJ2016.
Having signed up for Brownies before birth, I worked through Brownies, Guides and Rangers (no Rainbows when I was little!). Then, at university I spent my Summers helping on pack holidays and Guide camps. By 2010 the Guiding Centenary and a great Guide Camp convinced me to get back involved and I opened a new Senior Section Unit in Colchester South.
Having attended every Essex Jamboree since 2000 there have been times when the EIJ has been my only contact with the BP movement, attending as a Ranger in 2000, Activities Team Member in 2004 and Entertainment Team Member in 2008 (part of the Daisy Crew) in 2012 I attended as a Contingent Leader, camping in on a Subcamp with a County group of Senior Section members, seeing the experience from the other side. This convinced me that Subcamp staff was the next challenge. I can’t wait to work with Ian and our other Subcamp staff to make sure everyone has a great Jamboree.
Down to a Tee!
A Jamboree truly isn’t a Jamboree until you’ve donned your camp t-shirt emblazoned with the EIJ logo proud for all to see. You were there, the Essex International Jamboree 2016.
Once again Jamart, EIJ’s very own retailers, will be opening their doors (and webpages) for you to get your fill of those Jamboree wardrobe essentials. This year there is a range of tees, onsies and other clothing options, for you to shout about the event as a whole or showcase your sub-camp allegiance.
Helping you to be prepared these will be available for home delivery or pre-order using the onsite click & collect.
Together with clothing options abundant, Jamart will be offering an exciting range of souvenirs, everything from woggles and phonecases to shoelaces and special limited edition teddies. Speaking of cool new arrivals this year you will be able to purchase a campfire poncho and limited edition activity badges to adorn it. Plus, for the sweet toothed among you the range will not miss out treats to satisfy, whether it is a chilled drink or cheeky packet of sweeties. All these items will be listed below so you can calculate camp bank funds! but only available for purchase on site.
We have the ability to personalise individual and small orders as well as process large plain or personalised orders that will be ready in 48 hours so all bases are covered.
Additional Merchandise List
|Set of 12 sub-camp||Badges||£10.00|
|Activity Fun Badge||Badges (various)||tbc|
|EIJ / Event||Badge||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Soft Enamel Pin Badge||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Woggle Leather White||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Woggle Leather Green||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Wrist Band||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Lanyard White||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Lanyard Green||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Key Ring / Fob White Leather||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Key Ring / Fob Green Leather||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Shoe Laces EIJ Logo (pair)||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Coaster Leather||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Notepad||£0.60|
|EIJ / Event||Plastic Mug||£3.00|
|EIJ / Event||Pen||£1.50|
|EIJ / Event||Pencil||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Eraser||£0.80|
|EIJ / Event||Ruler||£1.00|
|EIJ / Event||Pencil Case||£3.50|
|EIJ / Event||Book Mark||£2.00|
|EIJ / Event||Bear with EIJ Hoody Large 13″||£10.00|
|EIJ / Event||Bear with EIJ Hoody Medium 10″||£8.00|
|EIJ / Event||Bear with EIJ Hoody Small – 6″||£6.00|
|Ultraviolet / Neon Night||Glowsticks, bracelets and novelty glow glasses (each)||£1.50|
|Selection of toys, games, torches and camping accessories.|
Let’s recap on what you need to do:
- Complete Registration Phase 2 with all your participant details and make your final payment
- Tell Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies and Cub troops about Junior Jam
- Read the Good Camping Guide and remind your participants about simple ways to maintain hygiene
- Familiarise yourself with the Jamboree policies
- Plan to bring everything to promote a high level of hygiene in your area
- Take a look at our themed events to plan costumes
- Tell us your special stories about fundraising or perhaps the journey you have planned to get to the Jamboree
- Build a gateway for individual pitch
- Promote EIJ Presents to your Scouts and Guides and use the full instructions on how to be Part of the Show no later than 5pm on 21st July
- Plan to bring a special food dish to share with approximately 50 people for your eveningof Tastes of the World
- Learn Our Changing World Jamboree Song before you arrive
- Plan a fundraising game for Fun of the Fair
- Bring a pre-cut triangle made from recycled/old material triangle for every participant (including leaders) – download bunting template
- Consider dining out at our onsite Chubbys Restaurant
- Place your final orders by 8th July for home deliveries of Subcamp Clothing Range from the EIJ2016 Store
- Place your final orders for food by 15th July from the Retail Food Warehouse using the Order Form
- Place your final orders by 18th July for site collection of Subcamp Clothing Range from the EIJ2016 Store
Catch up on all the information you need to know about your subcamp and life at Jamboree by reading through the subcamp newsletter archive!
What you need to know…
For everything you need to know about the Jamboree, the site, activities and what’s in store, please see our Handbook.
Find out what your group should wear to the different programme zones over Jamboree
Camping at the Essex International Jamboree is different to many other national camps, because we simply take over a farmer’s field for a week, unlike others that take place at County showgrounds and purpose-built campsites. Take a look at the Good Camping Guide to find out everything you need to know about camping at the jamboree!
A checklist of things you’ll want to bring to the Jamboree – from costumes to cleaning!
A recap on everything you need to do in preparation for coming to the Jamboree!
There will be an onsite pre-order supermarket and pop-up Fruit and Vegetable shop open during the Jamboree. Find out about what you can buy and what you can order and how it works!
We have our own international team who are here to welcome and support visitors travelling to Essex from outside the UK mainland. Find out everything you need if you’re bringing an international group to the Jamboree!
Before you come…
Want to have a group photo at your subcamp? Pre-book them in advance using this form
You’ll want to learn how to tie a friendship knot in a scarf in preparation for meeting all the new friends you’ll make at Jamboree!
While you’re at Jamboree…
Fancy something extra to eat? The famous Chubbys are at EIJ with a menu to cater for your every desire!
Direct from the Subcamp news teams
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 […]
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 […]
-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 […]
On Monday Evening each group of the Marconi’s Mast and Newton’s Lab subcamps created what they believed to be their most appropriate cultural dish as part of the Tastes of the World evening activity. The food created ranged from banoffee pie to sweet corn pakora and was lovingly promoted to whoever happened to be walking […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Our archive of Monthly Emailed Newsletters sent to Groups can be found here
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 […]
Do you know anyone with a great Jamboree story? Your EIJ Media team needs you!
In addition to the main programme, Let's shout from the rooftops! will be doing:
Sunday 31st July
Daytime AM: Zone 1 – Express Yourself
Daytime PM: Zone 6 – Up & Under
Early Evening: Zone 11 – EIJ Presents
Monday 1st August
Daytime AM: Zone 2 – Enterprise Zone
Daytime PM: Zone 10 – Wet & Wild
Early Evening: Zone 12 – Tastes of the World
Tuesday 2nd August
Daytime AM: Zone 9 – Island Survival
Daytime PM: Zone 5 – A Balancing Act
Early Evening: Zone 14 – Get Creative
Wednesday 3rd August
Daytime AM: Zone 8 – Tech. in Motion
Daytime PM: Zone 7 – On Target
Early Evening: Zone 13 – Flash Dance
Thursday 4th August
Daytime AM: Zone 4 – On The Box
Daytime PM: Zone 3 – It’s a Knockout
Early Evening: Zone 15 – Fun of the Fair