2002 Archive 

This page includes copies of Kross Kurrents, the Camp Diary and the feature article on the Staff of the Camp.


 Kross Kurrents 2002 

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Monday 15th July Tuesday 16th July Wednesday 17th July Thursday 18th July Friday 19th July
Saturday 20th July Monday 22nd July Tuesday 23rd July Wednesday 24th July Thursday 25th July

Daily Diary

This page will be updated daily with details of the days activity on camp, comments and photographs from the over 1000 Scouts and Leaders at the Jamborette.

Wednesday 25th July

The last full day of the Jamborette!

Overnight last night the rain was very heavy, but again by day light it and cleared, and although overcast and damp, the rain is holding off.

Today there is the Atholantics - a fun packed session for all to round the camp off prior to starting to break down the sub camps, leaving only the tents standing for tonight.

A few pictures of the Atholantics appear on todays newspaper, and more will appear on the web site next week.

The final campfire takes place this evening, and the closing ceremony - hopefully the weather will stay dry for this final part of the camp.

This will be the last update from the camp itself, we have included the last two days newspapers and also the final addition produced this morning.

There will be more pictures to add to the site, including ones of the Atholantics, but these will be added during next week.

Tomorrow morning the Scouts strike camp and the overseas Scouts will be dispersed to various parts of Scotland for home hospitality. The Administration team have been working hard over the last few days to ensure that the home hospitality is worked out and arranging for the transportation to the Scottish homes and supplying details of how to get the visiting Scouts back to the rendezvous point in time for their return home.

We trust that they have all had a great time at Blair Atholl, despite the weather, and that we shall see many old friends back with us in 2004.

Wednesday 24rd July

Today is the last full day of activities on camp as the Jamborette draws to a close. This evening all the staff were invited to join the various patrols in the sub camps for dinner - with everyone in full uniform.

Today has been dry with some sunshine, but it is now getting chilly as the sun drops over the hills.

With the Jamborette draw to a close we are unsure when we will lose our Internet connection, so this may be the last update from the camp. However we have several hundred photographs still to work our way through and over the coming week, the site will continue to have material added to it as time permits.

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team

Todays reporters thought it would be nice to have some pictures of the sub camp staff on site in appreciation of the work they put in to the sub camps. We already have had a feature mention the uncles, but here goes for the rest of the staff. We apologises now for any we miss - the team had trouble finding the staff members as many were out on activities and other duties. If we come across any others we will add them in.

The MacDonald Sub Camp

Auntie Jackie

Uncle George

Uncle Patrick

Auntie Anna

The MacLean Sub Camp

Uncle Bruce

Uncle Stuart

Uncle Paul

Auntie Pat

Auntie Jasper

The Morrison Sub Camp

Uncle Robert

Uncle Graeme

Auntie Debbie







Uncle Colin

The Murray Sub Camp

Uncle Dougie

Auntie Mo

Uncle Chuffty

Auntie Jean

The Stewart Sub Camp

Uncle Sharkie

Auntie Judith

Uncle Snab

Auntie Claire

The Robertson Sub Camp

Uncle Fraser

Uncle Sandy

Uncle Rory

Tuesday 23rd July

After a fine afternoon and evening, there was heavy rain again overnight, but as the sun rose the rain did stop. Whilst it is never far away, it has so far stayed dry.

Today we have a special visitor to the Jamborette, The Chief Scout, George Purdy C.B.E, who toured the site with the Scottish Chief Commissioner Andy Matthew.

The Chief Scout chatting with some of the Scouts

The Chief Scout chats with some Scouts on the survival base

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team


Todays reporters went in search of the story behind an abstract painting that the Scouts are doing on site during the camp. Seanachaidh is the gaelic word for "the Storyteller" and that is exactly what is being created outside the Kross. As you can see from the photograph, top center is Blair Castle and then all around that are various images of true stories, legends and myths from all the nations represented at the Jamborette, Scotland, America, Germany, Austria, Japan etc, all with little additions to the painting. There are still a number of nations to add to the painting which will be completed by the end of the camp on Friday.


The painting when it is finished will be displayed at various exhibitions throughout Scotland

Monday 22nd July

After a great day yesterday, people awoke this morning to the patter of rain on the canvas. But it was nothing to worry about - yes it did rain overnight, but as the day went on the weather got better and better. Today was back into the activity programme and this evening is the International PL's supper when they prepare a meal of their choice - giving the quartermaster sufficient time to get the necessary foodstuffs. This activity also continues tomorrow evening.

Later in the evening there is a film in the Kross Kinema.

Last night also saw the local community visit the site and there were a series of of football matches between them and the Scouts and the Staff

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team

Todays report is by Emma and Christine

Celtic Connections is an activity where you learn about the Celtic culture. As part of the activity you can make chess pieces, coasters with Celtic stencils. You can also help construct a Celtic Cross on the hillside by painting rocks white and signing them with your name.

Celtic cultures stretches over the whole world and can be found in many everyday objects.

Sunday 21st July

Today has been a lovely day and this afternoon got quite warm by our standards, although one Scout from Gibraltar said it was still very gold compared with home.

This morning saw the Scouts Own service outside Blair Castle, now part of tradition of the camp. Accompanied by a pipe band, everyone march up the entrance drive of Blair Castle and took part in the short service, before returning to the camp site. As you will see from the photograph, quite a spectacular scene, taken from the ramparts of the castle. More photographs will follow shortly in the gallery.

Scouts Own from the Castle

At lunch time, and in the evening, the camp staff dined with the various sub camps which gave the staff catering team a day off from their duties.

In the afternoon, the were International Games in the sub camps when all the visiting countries provide a wide range of games for everyone to take part in. Again, photographs will be added to the gallery in due course.

In the evening there was a Ceilidh in the Kross, to a live Ceilidh band.

Saturday 20th July

Visitors day!

Disappointingly we had very heavy rain overnight last night and there has had to be a quick reorganization of this afternoons activity. It was all hands on deck to strike marquees and re pitch them at another part of the site in case the weather did not improve.

By lunch time it was all in place thanks to the effort of all on site, and on schedule the gates were opened to visitors who were greeted by a marching brass band. They accompanied the Chief Commissioner for Scotland and the Camp Chief around the Country Fair where the patrols were running activities or offering their national delicacies in exchange for Atholls, which each visitor had been supplied with as they arrived.

The band at the gate of the camp.

The Chief Commissioner and Camp Chief touring the Country Fair

For a small collections of pictures from the Fair click on the link below.

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team

As today there were no activity bases as all were preparing for the Country Fair, the webmaster has jotted a few notes.

Last night saw a great evening in the Kross Theatre with the different nations present putting on a short stage presentation from simple songs to more elaborate enactments. There will be photographs of this appearing in the Gallery in due course.

As you will have read in the diary, today was Country Fair. Now a traditional day at Blair, it is also Visitors day when all are made welcome to tour the camp.

Friday 19th July

I am glad to say most of our computer problems have been resolved.

Today the activity programme continued, despite the nearly continuous rain that fell, it was not heavy just wet. It did dry up during the afternoon, but there have been showers throughout the afternoon and evening - but that has not disheartened anyone.

There is plenty going on on the camp and this evening there was a fantastic International show put on by the youngsters - with all nationalities taking part. Again there was a mass of pictures taken and eventually we will add a selection of these to the site.

Tomorrow is the Country Fair when the the patrols will set up stalls around the Kross and market the various products in exchange for Atholls (the currency of the Jamborette). It is also visitors day - and as there are many of you that cannot join us here for the afternoon and evening camp fire, we will be taking many more photographs and loading them on to the site.

Please bear with us through this process as it does take time to build the pages and process the pictures onto the site. We also run an activity base during the day, during which we collect even pictures.

This evening a satellite camp was set up in an adjoining field where Scouts and leaders could come and visit Blair Atholl for the week-end. They would take part in the Country Fair and also in Sundays activities, before breaking camp on the Monday.

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team

Todays reporters were Tim and John

1) Tim and John's report

Atholl Service Project

As part of the Jamborette, the Scouts take part in a number of Service Projects in the community during their stay in Blair Atholl. The project we visited was the making of bird boxes to help control the population of birds in the area. The Ranger of the park said "The birds periodically next in the dead trees that people tend to cut down. By building the bird box's it helps preserve the population of birds".

The Scouts have the chance to donate the boxes to the Wildlife Service or to take them home for use there.

Another project being undertaken this week is the construction of a drainage ditch for the worn and beaten down paths that are under water for most of the time. Thanks to all the Scouts who helped the Wildlife project.

The Rangers also told us that they are working on building and cleaning up a car park. They said that it is hard to reach distant places like mountain trails and Blair Castle if there are no safe places to park your car. Over the past three days the rangers and a few Scouts have picked up litter (trash), filled in potholes, and talked to farmers and the public discussing how to keep the park suitable for the public.

Thursday 18th July

Today has been plagued with computer problems which has delayed the update of pages for which we apologise.

The day started off rather dull with some rain but by afternoon the sun as out. The days activities continued and this evening the sub camps had Cock-a-leekie Soup and haggis & neeps for dinner - a traditional Scottish meal. The Camp Staff held a Burns Supper in the evening.

We have many many pictures to load onto the web site, and will do so as soon as possible.

A new feature was introduced today, a daily report from the Scouts who come to the IT Multimedia Team activity, and we have achieved a partial report for yesterday. It is linked under yesterday's entry, and hopefully we will catch up with ourselves tomorrow. The daily paper is also late in delivery to us, but will be in place tomorrow.

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team

Todays reporters were Robbie and Chandra from Maxine, Karlie and Artmel

1) Robbie and Chandra's report.

Team sports

We walked around the campsite looking at the different team sports/activities that were going on. We took some photographs and asked what other sports they could do. There was volleyball, Football, Frisbee, frisball, rugby, touch rugby and badminton.

In the rugby activity they had a warm up first, which consisted of passing and kicking the ball to each other. Then they went on to play a game of touch rugby.

Wer also went over to the climbing wall and took some more photographs. Here they had to try and climb the wall and then abseil down again.


We also went round the various camp sites and took some pictures of their sites. There are six camp sites, each with their own aunties and uncles. They look after you for the duration of the camp. In each sub camp there are 10 patrols made up of one patrol from Scotland and one patrol of overseas guests. Each patrol build their own dining shelter from pioneering poles. they cook on fires, which are built on the end of the dining shelters, using wood as the fuel. And of course there is also the staff sub camp.

McLean Sub Camp

MacDonald Sub Camp

Morrison Sub Camp

Stewart Sub Camp

Robertson Sub Camp

Murray Sub Camp

Staff Sub Camp

Wednesday 17th July

This is the first full day of activities for the camp. The activities start at 10.15 a.m. in the morning and continue through until 12.30 a.m. They restart at 2 p.m. and finish at 4.30 p.m. in the afternoon.

As well as the old favourites of Blair Atholl a number of new activities were added this year such as Swim & Skate, Blair Atholl Mountain Rescue, Explorer Trek and Global Village.

Today the Chief Commissioner for Scouts in Scotland visited the camp in the afternoon to have a look around the camp. The weather today has been fairly good, with some rain for a period this afternoon.

Reports from todays IT Multimedia Team

Todays reporters were Evan and Sara from the Stewart sub camp, Waturi and Scott from the Robertson sub camp and another two who did not leave their names.

1) Evan and Sara's report.

This afternoon we visited some sub-camp Aunts and Uncles who are always hard at work even though we may not realise it. Before we go to our activities our Aunties and Uncles always make sure we know the activity we are doing and where we are meant to be meeting for that particular activity.

After leaving camp we always thought that our Aunties and Uncles just sat and didn't do any work, but after going round one of the campsites we realised that we were wrong, that camp staff actually worked hard.

Uncle Bruce - MacLean

Auntie Jackie - MacDonald

Uncle Dougie - Murray

Uncle Sharkey - Stewart

Uncle Fraser - Robertson

Uncle Robert - Morrison

The camp staff always have some type of work to do in their sub camp area. They figure out what you are doing next, where you are going to meet, and they also inform the people in charge of the activity who is coming from their sub camp.

We asked the staff how long the day was for them and you would not believe that they get up earlier than the Scouts and go to their beds a lot later than the Scouts as well. Uncle Snabber from Stewart sub camp told us he really had a long day of 25 hours because he works through his lunch break.

2) Waturi and Scott's report

We visited an number of activities today to see what was happening and to rake some pictures. a) The Atholl Experience - a course on the Estate, with a number of challenges to boggle the mind and involve scouting knowledge.

Here we see some Scouts attempting to overcome the water slide by placing as many coconuts in the tyres as possible.

Here we see one of our Scouts emerging from the black tunnel only to slip and slide down the polythene sheet.

We then went on to visit the Kross

In the crafts section you can do everything from making candles to carving plaques. In this picture we see our Scouts engraving his own plaque using different kinds of tools.

Also at the Kross there is a Health and Fitness session which is a test of aerobic and overall fitness. Here we see the Scouts pumping those leg muscles along with a few tunes in the aerobic section.

3)Unfortunately the two scouts who did these reports did not leave their names.

a) Martial Arts. Martial Arts is one of the many activities available on site, where you learn how to defend yourself (but you have to be careful when training as you can injure your partner) . If you are looking for an action packed activity session then this is the place for you.

b) The Bedrock BankThese two lovelies have the glamorous job of counting and sorting your spending money! They also exchange Euros at the bank in Pitlochry. You might not think it, but there was roughly £10,000 pounds worth of money taken in by the bank on the first day. But luckily, if you are worried about the safety of your dosh, the high tech anti-theft plywood will stop any thieves.


Tuesday 16th July

This morning our Scouts from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, South Africa and the United States of America. In total there are 1062 attending the Jamborette.


Having settled into their sub camps and had their evening meal, the evening programme started off with a wide game.

Later in the evening, the Camp Chief took round the last torch from the Millennium Jamborette and was met at the gate of each sub camp by the uncle or Aunt who lit their sub-camp torch off the Millennium torch. The sub camp torch was then used to light the first sub camp camp fire.

As the evening drew to a close the sub camps gathered on the hill overlooking the camp site, the sub camp uncles and aunts joined the Camp Chief as representatives of all the 16 countries present were called out to raise the flag of their country as the Camp Chief declared the 28th Blair Atholl Jamborette open.




Monday 15th July

Today the Scottish Scouts arrived on site to prepare the sub camps for the arrival of the foreign scouts during tomorrow. This evening the Scottish contingent had a meeting with their sub camp uncles & aunts and were shown round the site so they knew where things were ready for their visitors in the morning.

Top of page

Here we will take a look daily at the various aspects of the Site - The Sub Camps, Site Services Team, The Activities Team etc.

The Camp Chief
Site services The Quarter Master Store The Camp Hospital The Reception Area
Staff Club
Staff Catering



The Camp Chief

This is John Kennedy's third Blair Atholl Jamborette as Camp Chief. His first involvement was in 1976 and has attended all of the 14 camps since and has thoroughly enjoyed himself at every one.

John told us that he really enjoys that he really enjoys being Camp Chief and he would hate to give it up. John told us that he has about 340 staff supporting him with the camp and he is very happy with the running of Blair Atholl - "I have such a great team".

What does the Camp Chief do? He co-ordinates all the teams to make sure everything runs smoothly over the duration of the camp.

When not planning Blair Atholl, John is the District Commissioner for Leith, near Edinburgh.

Adam and Paul from MacDonald sub camp

Site Services

What, who, where, when? - All you ever wanted to know about the group in control of many jobs around our camp!

We went round the camp finding out more about the important things that happen behind the scenes and hold the camp together. After a while we finally found two of the silent team, Toby from Scotland and John from the U.S.A who work for site services.

They were visibly very busy but found time to answer a few questions. The first thing we wanted to know was what they did and and we were quite surprised at the long list which followed this question: collecting the rubbish, cleaning the toilets, building showers and toilets, building gates, gas and the all important electricity without which we wound'/wouldn't have the wonderful disco lights!! So clearly we have a lot to be thankful for! When asked what they think about their jobs their thoughts were clear "just great!"

We then went to meet another member of the site services who was a little less busy than the others. He chatted to us for quite a while about the good and bad points of his job. The working hours are very long from 8a.m. until 10 PM but on the upside he says the job can be "very rewarding"." They have encountered a few problems along the way, for example there has not be a lot of firewood and there have been a few technical problems with the showers but nothing that this hard working team could not tackle.

From our activity we have learned that the site services team are very busy and work extremely hard. They have just one message to all the happy campers here Keep the toilets clean!!!

Three of the hard working team of 12 from Site Services - The only reason they are sitting down is because we stopped them to ask what they did on site - now we know.

Make sure you say thanks to these guys but try not to shake their hand - you don't know where they have been today!

Karlie and Maxine from MacLean sub camp.

The Quartermasters Store

This morning we visited the quartermaster and his store. His team of people were preparing the rations for the day and this included 250 kilos of turnip and 250 kilos of haggis for this evening's dinner.

Typically there is a provisions delivery every two days. The perishable food stuffs and kept in a freezer/chiller lorry - the freezer compartment has a temperature of -3 degrees centigrade. The Quarter master told us "every time you open the door of the freezer, you think it's snowing".

360 litres of milk are delivered every day,1000 toilet rolls will be used during the camp, and there will other deliveries such as 1000 sticky buns, 4500 packets of crisps (chips), 210 swiss rolls and 900 apple pies.

The stores

Rations for this evening meal.

The staff preparing rations

The freezer truck, on loan for the camp.

The quartermaster has a team of 22 people working for him for the duration of the camp.

Karlie and Maxine from Murray sub camp.

The Camp Hospital

One important feature of such a large camp is the medical support and there is a fully supported medical center on site supported by doctors who are on call 24 hours a day.

The 'hospital' comprises of a large marquee with a wooden floor and comprises of a reception area, a treatment room and a rest room, should it be needed.

There are three doctors on a rota system, some paramedics and numerous fully qualified first aiders.

On talking with the duty doctor and asking if they had been busy, she told us that there had been 28 injuries on camp since it started ranging from cuts and bruises to one requiring stitches in a wound.

A word of advise from the Doctor- "Be careful of what you do - think before you do something because you could seriously injuring someone."

The picture to the right shows the duty doctor when we called, in the treatment room.

Andrew and Gian.

The Reception Area

As you enter the gate into the field there is a large marquee which houses the reception area and a display on the history of the Blair Atholl Jamborette.

Reception is manned every day of the Jamborette and as well as meeting guests to the site, signing them in and out for security reasons, they handle incoming telephone calls to the site. They are also in radio contact with the main team leaders should there be a need to contact them. They also handle lost and found property, help overseas scouts with any questions they may have. And in their spare time they prepare things for the Jamborette on a day to day basis.

Some of the reception staff on duty when we called.

Another individual you will find in Reception area is David Jeffries. David has attended every Jamborette since they started in 1946. The cost of the camp then was only £5. There were 421 Scouts from around the world and 52 leaders and staff took part. In reception David has a marvellous display of old and new pictures and a display of every Blair Atholl badge.

A view of David's display on the history of the Jamborette

A closer view of the array of badges that he has collected over the years at 28 Jamborettes.

Andrew and Gian.

The Staff Club

While we have our Kross and all it's facilities the Staff have their own club where they can drop in for a cup of tea or coffee as and when. It is their social centre, where they can chat with each other and relax without any Scouts around them. We were privileged to be let in to interview the team leader, Wendy, who has a staff of 12 working with her.

They have similar things as we have in the Kross, but a lot better. There is even a pond inside the Staff Club. it has chandeliers and a big cover inside so you wont see the big marquee from the inside. If you did not have to walk through the front, you would never know it was a marquee.

Inside the Staff Club

Four of the Club Staff

In the evenings they have their own entertainment programme including an ongoing quiz, ceilidhs and if a leader has any spare time there are a few afternoon excursions available.

There is a staff notice board inside that keeps them informed on al that is going on.

Adam and Paul from MacDonald sub camp


The folk in the administration team based in a cabin beside the Reception area have the responsibility for checking everyone's details when they come on site and the keep this on a database so that they are aware of who is at the camp. They also have the responsibility of arranging the home hospitality with the Scottish families at the end of the Jamborette. This is quite a task as the visiting Scouts will be scattered all over Scotland and they have to co-ordinate this and make sure that everyone has the opportunity to live with a Scottish family for a few days.

The Administration Office (nearest) and IT cabin behind it.

A few of the Administration Staff

Lisa and Stephen

Activities Office

The Activities office is managed by Pat and Stuart and they have the task of ensuring that all the activities happen on time ( or as near as) and that the allocation to activities is managed efficiently.

They gather in all the information forms and then allocate the various activities to each sub camp. Each day the sub camps get different bases to try out. For people who did not put there name down for an activity, the Activities Office will allocate them spare slots in an activity.

If you don't know where you should be for an activity Pat and Stuart can sort you out and tell you where you will find your activity.


They process the data and then give activity sheets to the cousins who run the bases - and they in turn go to the sub camp and pick up the people for the activity.

Pat, busy working out the next sequence of activities for tomorrow. Stuart, the second -coordinator, had escaped when we called.

Lisa and Stephen

Staff Catering

The catering team - without whom the Staff would not survive. Lesley heads a team of 18 people who cook and serve meals three times a day for the duration of the camp. That is roughly 1000 meals per day, all prepared in a small portable kitchen unit. Inside the Dining Area there is a chill unit from which the staff can help themselves for cold starters and sweets. The Dining hall is equipped with units to keep the food hot and the meals prepared are not just take what you are given, there is a a full breakfast available and a selection for lunch and dinner. Well done to the cater staff for keeping the leaders well fed.

Lunch in preparation for Tuesday.

One of the team checks the soup.

The portable kitchen unit

The chiller Unit in the dining hall

Staff lunches