A Jamboree is a huge event for Scouts in Australia, which is held every three years.
It takes place in early January and lasts for about ten nights.
It even has its own Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Scout_Jamboree
The Jamboree site is a small city, housing & feeding thousands of people. It includes stages, entertainment, activities, campsites, meeting places and food. It’s like taking a small town and filling it with Scouts – imagine the friends you’ll make!
The Jamboree attracts Scouts from all over Australia who spend ten nights sleeping in tents, and ten days enjoying a wide range of fun activities. Past Jamborees have included circus training, flying fox races, obstacle courses, mud, snake charming, abseiling, swimming, zorbing, high ropes, tattoos, as well as laser tag, waterslides, nerf wars, indoors challenges, and visits to nearby events and parks.
Details are still being finalised, but there might be a trip to the port of Echuca on the Murray for paddle steamers or a game of soccer on the football ground; a tour of Bendigo and the Central Deborah mine; a day of water activities at Lake Nagambie or an activity called ‘Bushwacked’ on a private property on the Campaspe river.
In the evenings, there is plenty of entertainment available including acting, dancing, music, well-known bands and comedians on the main stage.
There is something exciting to do every day.
And there’s something for everyone. You don’t have to participate in all the events, but you’ll probably be persuaded to try!
There’s a Jamboree Organising Committee, formed from the host State, who manage the event.
Each Branch (or State / Territory) creates a Contingent, comprising everyone who is attending from that Branch. In NSW, we have the NSW State Contingent. The State Contingent is made up of Troops and a Contingent Management Team.
The Contingent Management Team oversees the management of the State Contingent. You can find out about them here.
Who can go to AJ2022? What are the eligibility requirements for Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, Leaders and Adults?
You can find out all about the eligibility criteria here.
Jamborees are a lot of fun, but they are also an awesome immersion experience, building self-confidence and developing independence, responsibility, and self-reliance in the Scouts who attend.
A Jamboree provides a safe, structured environment for Scouts to challenge themselves to try new adventures, develop social skills outside their normal peer groups and gain new skills working together over 10 days. After returning from a Jamboree, Scouts have even been known to clean their rooms without being asked, cook the family dinner and do their own clothes washing!
Details on how to apply will be coming soon.
It is being held at the Elmore Field Days site, situated midway between Bendigo, Echuca and Shepparton.
The Field Days site is 154 hectares, including buildings and an airstrip.
Elmore is a small town (population 776), north of Bendigo on the Campaspe River. Its main claim to fame is that it is the home of the Elmore Field Days site.
We already knew Elmore was a great site because the venue hosted the 21st Australian Jamboree in January 2007.
Elmore ticks all the boxes:
- It’s an established site
- There’s lots of useful infrastructure
- It has abundant water
- It is central to a great range of activities
- It’s affordable
- There’s good camping on flat, green paddocks
It will take place from Monday 3rd January – Thursday 13th January 2022
Transport arrangements will be made in advance for each Region with a national coach firm.
If you elect to travel independently, this will reduce your fee – but remember that it’s not as simple as just flying into Melbourne airport!
Camping will be arranged on the Elmore Field site. The NSW Contingent will have a dedicated area of the site, and each Unit will set up its camping site in allocated sections.
Each Unit has 6 Patrols. Each Patrol has around 6 Scouts and a number of adult leaders.
You’ll be near your friends and you’ll also get to meet lots of new friends.
The payment details will be available soon, together with all criteria for refunds.
The cost will include all activities, food, camping and transport – everything you will need.
As part of the cost of the Jamboree, you’ll receive some special merchandise, including a carry bag for all the gear you’ll need, a shirt and a hat. There’ll also be a packing kit and lots of advice from past Jamboree attendees to make sure you have everything you need.
We can accommodate just about every possible requirement. Just talk to your Group or Scout Leader or send an email to NSW.Contingent@nsw.scouts.com.au
Then make sure you note anything into your application form.
Your Scout Leader will be able to offer you and your parents advice on whether you’re ready. There are also lots of opportunities to practice camping in advance of the event, including a special ‘Shakedown’ camp with the Jamboree Patrols.
Fundraising is a major part of the Jamboree experience.
Start with a simple plan and a fundraising target in mind. Then gather together as many Scouting friends from your Unit as you can that are interested in attending. Organise a gathering to discuss ideas for fundraising.
It’s a good idea to try and share the load. It’s a lot easier to save the money if you are supporting each other, setting and reaching goals and swapping ideas.
Put some fundraising activities into the calendar. One per term makes all the difference! Below is a list of ideas to get you started:
- Bunning BBQs
- Monster Scout raffle
- Flyer deliveries for local businesses
- Sell Christmas trees
- Raffle a trailer of firewood
- Car wash
- Garage/Car boot sale
- Trivia night
- Phone Book Deliveries