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.
This means there’s a little bit more for you to consider when camping at our Jamboree. Put simply, it’s closer to camping at one of the more basic Scout or Guide local campsites (but with a mega stage, cinema, shops and much, much more).
We’ve put together a few hints and tips, together with some safety advice, to help with your planning.
As with any camp it is important that the camp is set up, run and taken down in a safe way. This should be no different at a Jamboree. However, more emphasis on safety is required due to the increased risk with the large amount of people camping in one place. It’s important to understand that health and safety is not there to create barriers, instead it should be seen as identifying the risks and controlling them so measures can be implemented to prevent a problem occurring.
The Scout Association and Girlguiding Uk produce a range of factsheets and videos which will also share here. If you have any questions, please contact the team.
The space you will be allocated will be based on your group size, but please be prepared for it to be a tighter squeeze than you would normally want or expect.
So our three top tips are:
When setting up, camp cooking tents need to have at least a five-metre gap between them and sleeping tents. You need to make best use of the space by placing cooking tents next to your neighbouring group's cooking tent. This is important as it will decrease the spread of a fire in the event of an emergency.
The cooking burner table must be separated from the young people ideally by placing a serving table in front so there is clear separation from the flammable elements and hot surfaces, and the campers.
Party tents are permitted provided they fit into your allocated space and are erected to manufacturer’s instructions and are secured appropriately for the expected weather conditions (eg ratchets & straps).
You may find the Scouting Party/Fiesta Tents Guidance factsheet a useful reference
Each camping group must ensure a clean easy route out of their site onto the main traffic routes. This should not be obstructed by guy lines or equipment.
Each Subcamp Team will fence the perimeter of their Subcamp.
We encourage you to fence off your group area with bunting or hazard tape, this helps to deter others from walking through your camp area.
We will also have a small Subcamp competition for the best gateway, so get your thinking camps and gadget (craft) skills at the ready.
Once you have been allocated to a Subcamp please let us know as soon as possible if you are sharing resources with any other group so we can put you next to them.
If we are not given prior notification, we will not be able to support you with sharing your resources.
Camping in close proximity to others means that you will quite possibly be in “each-others pockets” so it’s imperative that you are respectful to your neighbours and think about how you and your unit behaves.
The only fuel allowed on camping sites is gas. You should not store excess gas on your camping site, with a maximum of 100kg per plot. There will be daily deliveries of gas throughout the week.
Hoses must be kept as short as possible but be long enough for the gas cylinders to be positioned outside of the cooking tent and therefore accessible for the valve/s to be shut off in an emergency.
Cooking tents need to be flame retardant, of adequate size, fitted with sufficient ventilation and and exits for emergencies.
Should a fire occur on a camping site the risk of it spreading quickly through tents is a major concern.
Please read and refer to the Scouting Safety Guide to Camping Fuels
Make sure you familiarise yourself with the Jamboree fire points and the evacuation procedures.
This is one of our biggest priorities, we want to keep you all safe and well. At a Jamboree, it’s very easy for infections to spread so we ask you kindly to adhere to some simple guidelines.
We strongly recommend that you provide basic washing facilities back at your site – this could be as simple as a bowl with hot water available, or a dedicated ‘wash cubicle’. Your Scouts and Guides will not be able to use the toilet facilities for full body washing or indeed brushing their teeth. It’s important that you are aware of this, and abide by this guideline.
We do not want infections spreading throughout the site, and this is a critical element of that.
The Jamboree toilets have been chosen specifically for our purposes and will work well all week provided only the toilet paper provided by the Jamboree is used. If you think paper stocks are running low, please inform a member of your Subcamp Team and encourage your Scouts and Guides to do the same.
Absolutely no sanitary items other than the toilet paper provided to be put in toilets, bins will be provided. If you notice or are aware of bins becoming full, please advise a member of the Subcamp Team.
Please note that there are minimal showers, and you should encourage your Scouts and Guides to only take showers when necessary. When they do use the showers, they should be reminded to minimise the length of shower and to be respectful of others by leaving them as they would wish to find them.
Your health and safety is our upmost priority, so it’s imperative that you and your Scouts and Guides maintain excellent hand hygiene:
It is important to take preventative measures to reduce the impact of infectious disease. Infectious disease covers a range of illnesses which are generally easily spread. They can be spread via person to person contact, hand contact surfaces and within food and water.
If two or more people in your camping group exhibit similar symptoms it is important you inform your Subcamp Team at your earliest opportunity. The Safety and Medical Team will be able to provide guidance to prevent spread of the illness.
Most infectious diseases have a range of symptoms include a variety of the following:
It can be more difficult to ensure food safety when camping due to difficulties of keeping food cold, as well as effectively cleaning and storing of equipment.
The guidance below is set out to ensure good practices and safe food. You may find the Scouting Camp Food Safety Factsheet useful.
As you will be onsite for a whole week planning your menu and purchasing food is important. Whilst there are no issues with purchasing ambient stable products for the whole week, you should not purchase high risk, chilled food, for the whole week. It would be advised that you purchase chilled/frozen foods on a regular basis throughout the week to ensure that this food is not affected by heat.
NB: an ice block exchange will be available via the Food Warehouse
When preparing, cooking and eating food, hand hygiene and personal hygiene is paramount.
No one suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea should prepare or handle food. They need to wait 48hrs after their symptoms have stopped before they start food preparation again; this is to allow the bacteria to leave their system.
Cleaning is an important part to ensuring food safety. Prior to preparing food all equipment and surfaces need to be effectively cleaned and disinfected.
Cleaning: use clean cloths and hot soapy water or a sanitiser spray (ie Dettol):
Clean cloths and tea towels need to be available throughout the camp duration.
We are in a field, on farmer’s land, water must be disposed of in the right way and in the right place. The site layout has been designed to keep vehicle movement to a minimum. This may mean that your Scouts and Guides need to carry full bowls of dirty water to the disposal point.
Therefore, we’d recommend that you bring one or all of the following:
Please remember we want to avoid spillages as much as possible. If dirty water is spilt, please advise a member of your Subcamp Team if you feel it could become a hazard.