Back in 1984, the Essex International Jamboree first welcomed members of Guides to join the fun, and thank goodness they did!! 

As at that first Jamboree a young German lady, called Christa attended with her troop and met my Mother, Stella Watts.  As Christa was learning and perfecting her English, they exchanged lots of letters and this led to both the families becoming great friends. 

Almost 40 years later, we have so many visits to Germany and the UK, including weddings, baptisms, parties, hospital visits as well as trips for no real reason other than to just see each other and have some fun!

And this all started in at the Essex International Jamboree.

A Jamboree has a lasting impact on those who attend, giving us not only an opportunity to make new friendships but also to get a much deeper understanding of other cultures, lifestyles and behaviours.

We hope through the Essex International Jamboree, we help everyone to build meaningful friendships and help make our world more inclusive through understanding and knowledge.

Rachel Kemp with Stella Watts and our great friend Christa Breitfeld

11th Cork Cloghroe Scout Group are so delighted with the prospect of participating in Essex International Jamboree 2024.

We first joined you in 2012. Our first trip to a Jamboree. What an incredible experience for Scouts and leaders alike. 

It's hard to believe we were part of  a group of 10,000 Scouts and Guides. Such an adventure. Meeting up with Scouts and Guides from every corner of the world: UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Egypt, Nigeria, America and more. Sometimes we think the way we Scout is unique to us alone. Here we saw 7,500 others doing as we do. The sense of camaraderie was fantastic. The program was phenomenal, a huge amount of work was put into it by the organising teams. Truly amazing.

Our Scouts were bowled over by their experience. A once in a lifetime adventure. Words cannot express fully how much our youth members enjoyed it, the skills they learned, the friendships they made. This goes for our Scouters too.

In 2024, Cloghroe Scout Group will be 50 years old. As part of our celebrations we have included attending Essex International Jamboree to mark our special year. I am envious of those going for the first time. The sense of awe is mind blowing. To see the campsite set up, how a field becomes a town in its own right, buzzing with chatter, laughter and excitement for a fun filled week.

Roll on July 2024.

Marie Murphy, 11th Cork Cloghroe Scout Group

We have put together a list to help you kick start your fundraising to bring yourself and your young people to the Essex International Jamboree in 2024. We also have a team on hand who can help you, just email them at

The Essex International Jamboree can trace its roots back nearly 100 years!

Back in 1927, Essex held a large Scout Rally at Priory Park in Southend which was visited by the Founder, Robert Baden-Powell, and it is recorded that he received a rousing welcome and was so delighted to see all the Scouts together. Following this, the plans were set in motion for more big events for Scouts to meet for adventure and fun.  

In 1947, the first Essex Scout Jamboree was held over a long weekend and was such a success that a week-long event was held two years later with Scouts from across the world invited.

Since 1952, it's been held every 4 years with the same fundamental approach of enabling Scouts from all over the world to join to make friends, create lasting memories and learn new skills.  In 1984, the Scouts invited the Guides to join the fun - and thank goodness they did!

Putting on the Essex International Jamboree today is certainly a joint effort between Essex Scouts and the 3 Girlguiding counties in Essex.  We have a wonderful mix of Scouts and Guides attending, and we see our staff as one family - Guides and Scouts together.

Our Jamboree is a true celebration of Girlguiding and Scouting.

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