2004 Archive 

 This page includes copies of Kross Kurrents, the Camp Diary, sub-camps with the details of patrols and countries within and the feature article on the Staff of the Camp.



 Kross Kurrents 2004 

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Monday 19th July Tuesday 20th July ´╗┐Wednesday 21st July Thursday 22nd July Friday 23rd July
Saturday 24th July Sunday 25th July Monday 26th July Tuesday 27th July Wednesday 28th July
Thursday 29th July   Friday 30th July 

Camp 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.

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Jamborette Programme

Date Time Activity / Event Date Time Activity / Event
Monday 19th July 2004 - Scottish Scouts arrive and set up camp. Tuesday 20th July 2004 - Overseas Scouts Arrive
  1900 Scottish Scouts Tour of the Site.   - Opening Ceremony
        - Opening Campfires in Subcamps

Wednesday 21st July 2004 - Daily Activity Programme begins. Thursday 22nd July 2004 - Daily Activity Programme
  1830 Camp Dinner - staff dine with Patrols   - Evening Activities Programme
  2030 Kross opening with Kinema presentation   2145 Dawn Patrol

Friday 23rd July 2004 - Daily Activity Programme begins. Saturday 24th July 2004 1400 Country Fair / Great Scottish Balloon Race
  1300 Satellite Camp Opens   1930 RC Mass
  - Evening Activities Programme   2100 International Campfire
  2000 International Show Case in the Kross      

Sunday 25th July 2004 - Late "Rise and Shine" Monday 26th July 2004 1400 The Chief Scout visits the Jamborette
  1030 Flagbreak   - Daily Activity Programme
  1100 Scouts' Own at Blair Castle   - Evening Activities Programme
  1430 International Games in the Subcamps   - International PLs Supper
  1800 Barbeque Meal in subcamps      
  1430 Ceilidh in the Kross      
  2245 Dawn Patrol      

Tuesday 27th July 2004 - Daily Activity Programme Wednesday 28th July 2004 - Last day of Daily Activity Programme
  - Evening Activities Programme   1800 Burns Supper
  - International PLs Supper   2000 Scottish Night in the Kross

Thursday 29th July 2004 1100 Atholantics Friday 30th July 2004 - Dispersal of Scouts
  - Subcamps dismantle   - Dismantle of Camp
  2130 Closing Campfire      

Camp Diary

Monday 19th July

April 2004

8.30 a.m. 19th July 2004

6.30 p.m.. 19th July 2004

Over the last few days the camp staff have been hard at work building the basics of the camp site such as the Kross and the individual sub-camp headquarters tentage.

This in preparation of the arrival of the Scottish Scouts during today. On their arrival, they will be building their own camp areas within the sub-camps in readiness for the arrival of the International Scouts on Tuesday.

The morning's weather started off overcast, but bright, but as lunch time approached there were some short heavy showers, but by late afternoon these showers had passed again.

By night fall, the Patrol Areas were ready to receive the incoming visitors in the morning.

Tuesday 20th July

A few people up early this morning as the first of the arrivals were due at 0630 hrs at Blair Atholl Railway Station.

From about 1000 hrs there was a steady flow of arrivals as can been seen from the 60 + pictures that can be found in the Gallery section under todays date. If I have missed any of the International Contingents, my apologises.

After checking and checking details of the Scouts, they were taken up to meet with their Scottish Patrol who would help them settle in after their travels.

In the evening the official opening of the Jamborette took place with all six sub-camps and staff gathering in the central area of the camp and the ceremonial handing over of the flame from the 2002 Jamborette to the sub-camp Leaders to take back, with their members, to the respective area of the site to light their own camp fire followed by a camp fire.

Lighting the torches

Auntie Jackie lights the MacDonald Campfire


The evening ended with a short firework display on the hill above the campsite.

Today has been mainly dry and sunning, but with occasional showers as can be seen from the umbrellas that were is use during check in.


Wednesday 21st July

I guess most people just got to bed last night when the heavens opened and we had heavy rain. I don't know how long it lasted, as I was soon asleep.

In the morning it was dry, but the cloud was very low, but as the day went on it improved and was quite a pleasant day.

This was the first day of activities and the scouts had selected there days programme the night before from a list of options. All seemed to have a great time, from the ones I have talked to.

This evening the staff, know as cousins, dined with the Patrols in the sub camp. In return for the meal, the cousins brought small gifts of sweets, biscuits or drinks. After the meal, there was the choice of playing games on site, watch a film in the Kinema or just chatting around the many new friends that have been made in the last two days. One activity that was noticed was the swopping of badges to the extent that some were seen cutting them off there uniform.


Thursday 22nd July

This morning saw another cold damp morning with low cloud, but there is not much we can do to control this. After breakfast and morning inspection it was back to the activities. However my mid afternoon, it was a beautiful summer afternoon with some of the sub-camp staff taking the opportunity to relax in the sun while the youngsters were on activities. However there were some Leaders around the sites as some of the activities including cooking a meal, based on a TV programme in the UK called "Ready Steady Cook".

Some came prepared complete with hat.

Tenderising the meat

It's a messy job making meat balls


In the evening there was a Karaoke Evening in the Kross but there was quite a queue in the Internet Cabin where 9 laptops were kept going for the 2 hours that were available to the Scouts to use email and the Internet on most evenings.

Friday 23rd July

A change in the weather this morning - for the better!

There was some cloud but in the main a clear sky, which occasionally clouded over. We did have the odd shower during the day, but nothing to worry anyone.

The activities continued today as before, with people getting very muddy when they took their turn at the Atholl Experience. The showers worked over time after each run :-)

One of the activities of the camp is to do some conservation work around the Blair Estate and surrounding area, in return for the use of the site. This year the Scouts are doing some repair work on a path between Killiecrankie and Garry Bridge. This includes building some styles (a step over a fence or wall) which saves damaging the fence or wall. One of the Swedish Scouts (Henrik, from Malung in Sweden) has kindly brought us some pictures of the work. They also have a talk on various aspects of tracking and survival in the wild from the Rangers who discuss the various foods available in the wild and how to predict which animals are in the immediate vicinity which could be used as food.

The start of a new style

Task completed

How about some natural refreshments?

Tonight there is an International Show Case, a variety show put on my the Scouts from the various countries. It is a very colour occasion, and hopefully we shall have some photographs tomorrow.

Tomorrow is visitors day to the Camp, so there are no activities. Instead, everyone will be make the site tidy and preparing for the Fair in the afternoon, where the Patrols run stalls where you can buy samples of foods or purchase small goods using the "Atholl" a special currency for the day. Standby for many colourful and entertaining pictures in the coming days as we try to give you a flavour of the afternoon. One of the guests of the afternoon will be the Scottish Chief Commissioner for Scouts, Eleanor Lyall. Eleanor has recently taken on this role.

Saturday 24th July

A rather dull, damp and cold morning. Hopefully this will improve as the day goes on, as it is visitors day.

There are no activities today for the Scouts, but the Satellite Camp in the adjoining field will have the opportunity to try some of the activities that have been on offer. What is the Satellite Camp. It is an opportunity for younger Scouts to come along for a long week-end (Friday to Monday) and see the the older Scouts and international Scouts in camp.

The Jamborette Scouts spent most of the morning tidying their sites for the visitors or preparing for the Country Fair

At 1 p.m. the visitors started to arrive, parents, scouts leaders, friends, to visit the camp.

The Fair itself started at 2.30 with the Camp Chief and the Scottish Chief Commissioner parading from the Camp gate to behind the Cross where John Kennedy unlocked the gates to the Fair.

In the evening there was a camp fire on the hill above the campsite, where we were joined by the Satellite Camp, parents, friends etc.

Sunday 25th July

A long lie in this morning - for some

A brighter morning, but still overcast with a few blue patches. Flag break is half-an-hour later this morning and then it is full Parade up to Blair Castle for the Scout's Own.

A can be seen from the pictures this was an open air service, and some of the visitors to the castle joined in the proceedings, some of them commenting on how moving the short service had been. After the Scout's Own, the Camp parade back to the Camp Site and after lunch there was the opportunity to take part in International Games which were played around the camp site, or just to "chill out" in the afternoon sunshine - and it was a glorious afternoon with the first real high temperatures of the camp.

After the games, it was the staff's turn to cook for the Scouts, with a barbeque of hamburgers, sausages, beef, pork and gammon steaks with salad.

In the evening there was a an open air ceilidh and what must have been one of the longest (length and time wise) Strip The Willow dances.

Monday 26th July

A cold morning, but the sun soon reached us and it was another marvellous day. In more ways that one as a number of the Scottish Scouts received awards from the Chief Scout, George Purdy, when he visited the camp this morning.

After making the presentations, the Chief Scout visited a number of the activities on site before having lunch. he departed immediately after lunch.

The Chief Scout tours the Camp, chatting with the youngsters

I had the opportunity of visiting one of the off-site activities, the first occasion that it has been taken up by a Scout Camp - Zorbing.

An amazing experience, I am assured, being strapped into an inner cell suspended with in an air filled ball, and then rolling down a hill.

The following pictures show a short section of the trip of the ball down the hill. Clicking on the last frame will take you to a section of pictures in the activity section that shows the whole story from throwing oneself into the ball, to tumbling out at the bottom of the hill. The organisers say nobody has yet been sick after a trip, and to date, we have upheld that tradition.

The three pictures are taken from exactly the same spot using a three shot burst of frames.


and down

they roll!

Tuesday 27th July

Another 'cool' morning as I rose and overcast into the bargain. However the sun soon broke through and by mid morning it was another glorious day. I am not going to tempt fate.

The second last day of activities of the camp. The administration team are now working hard on making arrangements for home hospitality for our visiting friends when the leave camp on Friday. How to arrange transport from Blair Atholl to various parts of Scotland for those without transport and ensuring that those who or offering home hospitality know when their guests must be back with their group for their return trip home. No mean feat.

During the camp, one of the activities has been BART (Blair Atholl Rescue Team). This is an activity that gives the Scouts a brief introduction to what is involved in Mountain Rescue. The morning starts off with a short First Aid Course covering the ABC and then a demonstration in the use of the hill stretcher and the VAC PAC splints and carriers that are used now-a-days. Then it was off to the hills, complete with gear for a rescue exercise, to bring the 'injured' walker back to camp.

A full body Vac Pac

An elbow Vac Pac

Off on their rescue mission

Wednesday 28th July

The last day of activities for the Scouts. This morning was much warmer than previous days, but overcast and despite the weather forecast suggesting it was going to be another fine day, the cloud base never lifted and at one time we had a very light shower of rain.

A final set of pictures of activities during the day and in the evening haggis tatties and neeps were the order of the day throughout the camp. The Staff held a formal Burns Supper, less the whiskey, with the normal toasts made with water.

Off on their cycle run

The Celtic Cross made from local stones painted why and with messages written on them by the Scouts

After dinner and flag down, there was a Farewell Disco in the Kross.

Thursday 29th July

The last full day of camp for the Scouts - but a fun packed one. This morning was dull and damp with the clouds down to tree level in the field. It has stayed that way all day with the occassional light shower. But this has not damped the spirits.

This morning after morning parade and inspection in the sub camps, by now a morning ritual to all, they held the Atholantics - a series of zany games around the camp site.




After lunch it was time to dismantle the various gateways and pioneering projects and store the timber for the next Blair Atholl in 2006.

The closing ceremony takes place round the final Camp fire later this evening, eather permitting outside, but if the worst happens, the Kross is there as a standby, although not nearly as effective. Photographs will be taken, but will not be uploaded this evening, but some time tomorrow night as we need to shut down the computer network tonight to enable the equipment to be packed away for collection first thing in the morning.

Camp Fire's Burning

The Flags are lowered for the last time at the Camp

Candles of frienship

Friday 30th July

This morning the camp breaks up and our new, and old, foreign friends leave camp to go on their own ways. Manu of the Scouts and Leaders will be taking the opportunity of Home Hospitality with their Scottish friends for a few days whilst some Leaders take the opportunity to do a private tour of Scotland and others head straight for home.

In two years time we will gather again here at Blair Atholl for the 30th Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette and we hope to see many of our friends again at this time.


Below are the details of which Scottish and International Scouts are in the respective sub-camps for 2004

Macdonald MacLean Morrison Murray Robertson Stewart

MacDonald Subcamp

The MacDonald Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Auntie Jackie (Third from the right).

They are :-
  • Ayrshire and Canada, Calgary
  • Banff & Buchan and Singapore
  • Clackmannan and Russia
  • Edinburgh and Canada, Sechelt
  • Fife and Sweden, Malung
  • Forth Valley and Netherlands
  • Lanarkshire and U.S.A. Gulf Ridge
  • Moray and Ireland
  • Perth & Kinross and U.S.A S.W. Florida
  • Renfrew & Inverclyde and Norway Kvernaland
  • Renfrew & Inverclyde and USA Baden-Powell New York
  • West Lothian and Austria, Vienna
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MacLean Subcamp

The MacLean Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Bruce (center, front row).

They are :-
  • Argyll and Norway Sola
  • Ayrshire and Poland
  • Banff & Buchan and Gibraltar Sea Scouts
  • Clackmannan and Canada, Ontario
  • Dumfries and Austria, Payerbach
  • Edinburgh and South Africa
  • Fife and Sweden Malung
  • Forth Valley and U.S.A S.W. Florida
  • Inverness and Russia
  • Kincardine & Deeside and U.S.A Connecticut
  • Lanarkshire and Canada Chemainus
  • Renfrew & Inverclyde and U.S.A Maryland
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Morrison Subcamp

The Morrison Sub-Camp comprises of 11 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Steven (third front the right)

They are :-
  • Aberdeen and Gibraltar Sea Scouts
  • Angus and Canada Chemainus
  • Ayrshire and Canada Pacific Explorers
  • Dumfries and Austria Payerbach
  • Dundee and Iceland
  • Fife and Sweden Malung
  • Forth Valley and Norway Sola
  • Gordon and Netherlands
  • Lanarkshire and U.S.A Connecticut
  • Perth & Kinross and U.S.A Longhorn
  • Renfrew & Inverclyde and U.S.A. Maryland
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Murray subcamp

The Murray Sub-Camp comprises of 11 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Robert ( left)

They are :-
  • Aberdeen and Iceland
  • Angus and Canada Sechelt
  • Banff & Buchan and U.S.A North Florida
  • Borders and Ireland
  • Five and Sweden Malung
  • Forth Valley and U.S.A Connecticut
  • Greater Glasgow and Russia
  • Inverness and and Austria Vienna
  • Lanarkshire and Gibraltar Sea Scouts
  • Renfrew& Inverclyde and Norway Sola
  • Northern Ireland and U.S.A Utah
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Robertson Subcamp

The Robertson Sub-Camp comprises of 11 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Fraser (front row center)

They are :-
  • Angus and Sweden Malung
  • Banff & Buchan and Canadian Pacific Explorers
  • Caithness and U.S.A. Utah
  • Dundee and Singapore
  • Edinburgh and Canada Ontario
  • Fife and Japan Iwate
  • Forth Valley and Norway Kvernaland
  • Galloway and U.S.A North Florida
  • Kincardine & Deeside and Iceland
  • Renfrew & Inverclyde and Austria, Vienna
  • West Lothian and U.S.A Connecticut
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Stewart Subcamp

The Stewart Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Sharkey (front row left)

They are :-
  • Ayrshire and U.S.A Baden Powell New York
  • Banff & Buchan and Sweden Malung / Hong Kong
  • Caithness and Poland
  • Dundee and Austria Vienna
  • Fife and Japan Iwate
  • Forth Valley and Norway Kvernaland
  • Galloway and U.S.A Hiawatha
  • Gordon and U.S.A Longhorn
  • Greater Glasgow and Canadian Pacific Explorers
  • Midlothian / Renfrew & Inverclyde and Singapore
  • Perth & Kinross and Iceland
  • Renfrew & Inverclyde and Canada Vancouver Island
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Staff 2004

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

John Kennedy first became involved with the Blair Atholl Jamborette in 1976 and has attended all 15 camps since

This is John's 4 Jamborette as Camp Chief, a role he thoroughly enjoys.

This year there are 756 Scouts from 16 countries and a support staff of 399.

John said "I have a great support staff which makes this camp run smoothly from start to finish."

So what does the Camp Chief do?

John's response was "I co-ordinate all the teams through the planning stages and throughout the camp itself. We start some 12 months before the event and of course have a wind up meeting afterwards to review everything and identify any improvements.
I have a great team supporting the camp including all the International Leaders who bring their Scouts from all parts of the World. They come together and work together every two years as if they did this on a daily basis."

And what does John do with his time when not planning the next Blair Atholl Jamborette? He is District Commissioner for the Keith District of the City of Edinburgh Area where he has 12 Scout Groups and an Explorer Scout Unit to manage.


Reception is located at the main entrance to the camp site beside the gateway.

Manned every day of the Jamborette, it is the focal point for visitors to the site and also for any members of the camp leaving site on activities, or for any other reason during the camp. Visitors and Scouts alike require to sign in and out for security reasons. Reception also handle all the incoming telephone calls to the site.

On display in the reception marquee are various leaflets on Scotland and details of Scouting, as well as details about the camp and the location of the subcamps.


They are also in radio contact with the main team Leaders should they need to contact them. They also handle the lost and found office and help our overseas with any questions they may have.

Site Services

This is a team of folk that work away behind the scenes, but without whom the camp would not operate. Well before Scouts arrive on site, the water supply is plumbed in, Electricity supplies layed in where necessary. During the camp, ever thought of who built the shower blocks and toilets? Who cleans them during the camp? Who cleans the blocked drains? Who collects the rubbish every day? That is just a sample of the work they do.

They built the main Camp Gateway, and were involved with the pitching of the marques around the site.

Hard people to find, they work hard and long hours during the whole camp. Often on the go before 8 a.m. and still slogging away at 10 p.m., they hard people to catch as a group for a team photo - but I eventually did.

One request from the team - try and keep the toilets reasonably clean and help us a bit.

Well done Site Services - we all appreciate the work you do behind the scenes.

The Quartermasters Store

Have you every thought what goes into provisioning for over 1000 people? Not only that, but in a grass field.

Every morning the milk man appears around 6 a.m. and unloads 420 litres of milk. Over the camp some 1900 yogurts are consumed. 140 dozen rolls daily and on occasions 100 dozen sticky buns are delivered from the bakery. And then there are the consumables, toilet rolls, cleaning materials, flour, cooking oils, butter, jam, tea, coffee, sugar and of course the soft drinks and sweets for the Kross shop.

A support team in the Quartermasters store manage all the goods inward and the issue of provisions to the sub camps and the staff catering team. The pictures below show part of the store and the Troop catering packs reading for collection.

Staff Catering

Where would the staff be without this essential ingredient?

The team cook and serve meals three times a day for the duration of the camp, with the exception of 2 meals which the staff have with the sub-camps - a well earned rest for this team.

Using a portable kitchen unit they prepare around 1000 meals per day. The dining area has a chill unit from which the staff can help themselves for cold starters and sweets. There are units within the dining hall to keep the food piping hot.

And no, it is not a case of here it is, there is a full breakfast available every morning and a selection for lunch and dinner in the evening.

And what about washing up after each meal - the kitchen wash up is carried out by the non-catering team staff on a rota over the duration of the camp


A small team of leaders working away here continually. At the start of the camp they have to check in all the participants, ensure that the identification cards and home details are correct and generally handle the office administration. Having completed that exercise, thy then turn their attention to home hospitality, to ensure that each international scout has the opportunity of spending a few days with a Scottish family, if their travel arrangements permit. In many cases they will go home with the Scottish Scout, but in some cases travel arrangements need to be made for them. And then there is the task of ensuring that the individuals all come together again with their own group for the return trip home - remembering that the contingent could be split across Scotland. It takes some effort to ensure that this can be achieved and that the details are relayed to the home family offering the hospitality.

Camp Hospital

As with every camp, it is essential that there is a sound support in the way of First Aid for the Scouts. Blair Atholl is no exception and in fact has two resident doctors on site and available 24 hours a day. They are supported by a number of nurses and Paramedics and a host of qualified First Aiders.

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

The doctors hold a surgery twice a day during the camp to attended to any ailments or injuries that may have occurred. But they are always available at the end of a radio.

The usual cuts and bruises, sore throats, headaches strains and sprains are the main causes of visits to the doctors.

The doctors do urge that everyone, but everyone should wash their hands immediately before handling food or eating.

Staff Club

At the front gate of the camp, the Staff Club can be found - refuge for the Leaders to drop in at most times of day for a coffee and a chat or a read at the morning paper. It also hosts a number of events for the staff during the evenings such as a quiz, and a special International evening where the Scouts entertain the staff with song and dance.

The Activity Office

Hey without them to plan and arrange the schedule there would be chaos.

It is no simple task to arrange activities for 756 Scouts over 6 days. Stuart, Pat and the rest of the team put in many late nights at camp making sure this can run as smoothly as possible over the duration of the camp. And of course there is also all the pre-camp planning that has to take place to make sure that there are staff with the necessary expertise to actually run the activity.

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