2012 Archive

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

Included in the Archive are 'I am a Scout' and 'The Bog Sheets'.

Kastle Kurrents, 'I am a Scout' & The Bog Sheets

Kastle Kurrents 2012

This page contains copies of the Camp's Daily Newspapers for 2012.

16th July 2012 17th July 2012
18th July 2012 19th July 2012
20th July 2012 21st July 2012
22nd July 2012 23rd July 2012
24th July 2012 25th July 2012
26th July 2012

I am a Scout....

Simon has now passed us a copy of his poem that he read out on Thursday's Camp Fire. He has written an introduction to the poem explaining how it all came about, and this is followed by the poem itself.

I am a Scout - Link to the Blair Atholl 2012 video.

 The Bog Sheets 2012

These have now been added to the website for everyone to read - The Bog Sheets

These files are in pdf file format - you will need Acrobat Reader to read these files. If not available on your machine it is available from Adobe, free of charge from their web site. Some of these files are large and may take some time to open 

This page will be updated daily with details of the days activity on camp, comments and photographs from the over 1308 Scouts and Leaders at the Jamborette.

Click here for the 2012 Diary.

Jamborette Programme 2012

Date Time Activity / Event Date Time Activity / Event
Monday 16th July 2012 - Scottish Scouts arrive and set up camp. Tuesday 17th July 2012 - Overseas Scouts Arrive
  1900 Scottish Scouts Tour of the Site.   - Opening Ceremony
        - Opening Campfires in Subcamps

Wednesday 18th July 2012 - Daily Activity Programme begins. Thursday 19th July 2012 - Daily Activity Programme
  1830 Camp Dinner - staff dine with Patrols   1900

Evening Activities Programme - Drop in Activity - Circus Skills

  2030 Disco from the Krypt   2000 Kastle Karnival

Friday 20th July 2012 - Daily Activity Programme begins. Saturday 21st July 2012 1400 Country Fair
    GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station     GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station
  1300 Satellite Camp Opens   1930 RC Mass
  1900 Evening Activities Programme -  Drop in Activity - Cycle Skills & Fencing   2100 International Campfire
  2000 BlairFest      

Sunday 22nd July 2012 - Late "Rise and Shine" Monday 23rd July 2012    
    GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station     GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station
  1030 Flagbreak   - Daily Activity Programme
  1100 Scouts' Own at Blair Castle   1900 Evening Activities Programme -  Drop in Activity - Archery & All Terrain Boarding.
  1430 International Games in the Subcamps   2000 Sub Camp Showdown
  1800 Barbeque Meal in subcamps   2100  International PL's Supper
  2000 Heroes and Villians Party      

Tuesday 24th July 2012 - Daily Activity Programme Wednesday 25th July 20102 - Last day of Daily Activity Programme
  1900 Evening Activities Programme -  Drop In Activity - Country Crafts & Climbing.   1800 Burns Supper
  2000 International Open Mic Night   2000 Kastle Keilidh
  2100 International PL's Supper      

Thursday 26th July 2012 1100 Atholantics Friday 27th July 2012 - Dispersal of Scouts
  - Subcamps dismantle   - Dismantle of Camp
  2130 Closing Ceremony & Campfire      

The Blair Atholl Kastle Main Events 2012

Each night something special is happening in the Kastle. From eight till late this is where it's happening.

Wednesday 18th is the Disco from the Krypt. Dress to kill and make your way to the Kastle Krypt for some spooky spectacles and ghoulish going-ons.

Thursday 19th - Kastle Karnival - Roll up, roll up for all the fun of the fair, test your skills and agility on the sideshows and inflatables.

Friday 20th - BlairFest - This is our very own music festval with bands and guest artists to suit all tastes. Come and be part of the happening.

On Sunday 22nd - Heroes & Villains Party - Come as your favourite hero or villian. Try out your super powers or attempt world domination, the choice is yours.

Monday 23rd -  Sub-Camp Showdown - Teams from each sub camp battle it out to save their Uncles and Aunts from some dastardly forfeits.

Tuesday 28th-International Showcase - A smorgasbord of talent as contingents take to the stage for a truly international evening of entertainment.

Wednesday 29th - Kastle Keilidh - Traditional Scottish music and dancing where you will not be able to resist joining in. Fun guaranteed.

Something for everyone - come and chill out in the Kastle.



GM0 BAJ - Blair Atholl Jamborette Amateur Radio Station

Two Amateur Radio Groups, Greenock and District Scouts and Guides Amareur Radio Club and The Kingdom Amateur Radio Club (KARS) which is based at Fordell Firs, will operate a Radio Station from the morning of Friday 20th July until the afternoon of Monday 23rd July.

The GM0 BAJ station is set up to provide an activity for the Satellite Camp, but all are welcome to come and visit them during any free time that you may have. It is located adjacent to the southern side of the Kastle and will be easily identified by the radio mast.

Why not go along, learn a bit about Amateur Radio, perhaps have the opportunity to talk with others in the UK and Europe or further afield, learning some morse code and phonetics and navigate your way around the site using morse to discover a secret message.


Camp Diary 2012

Target Park Park

Target Park awaits your arrival - 30th June 2012

Sunday 15th July

 Sunday Morning 9a.m.

9 a.m. this morning

A nice morning here at Blair Atholl. There have been a number of staff here for a few days now preparing the site with it's Marquees and services such as water and electricity.

Scottish Staff arrived on site yesterday from Midday onwards and started work on building the sub-camp areas in readiness for the Scottish patrols tomorrow morning.  Working on constructing the various aspects of the Kastle has also started and we will add pictures of this later today, along with other aspects of the site.

As you can see in comparing the pictures above, quite a transformation has taken place.

So far we have been lucky with the weather, there was a wee chill in the air this morning, but it soon became quite  pleasant, with a few showers of very light rain.

Staff have been working hard all day – The sub-camp teams have marked out the patrol areas in the camp, the pioneering timber is lying on each site, along with the fire plates. Firewood has been centrally located for the patrols and in the Kastle, a power of work has been in preparing the activity areas, the shopping mall and the stage – bit there is still a lot to be done – it could be a late night for some.

Cutting timber to suit the structure Painting activity signs for the Kastle Preparing to build a gateway
 Preparing the Kastle A sub-camp gateway takes shape  One of the sub-camps nearly ready for the Scouts

The first patrols are due to arrive on site about 10 a.m. and they all have their work cut out to pitch their three patrol tents, and build their table using the pioneering timber. They need to be good with the pioneering knots and lashings for this one!

 A view of the site looking towards Blair Castle

Monday 16th July

Day 1 of the actual Jamborette and the arrival of all the Scottish Patrols.

Again it was chilly at first this morning, but as the morning wore on, it became a really nice day, although as we go into the evening, the wind is getting up and there is, yet again, a chill in the air.

The first patrol arrived around 10.30 this morning and there was a steady flow through to 3 p.m. with a few coming in after that.

The first patrol arrives on site Piper leads patrol onto site Happy to be here
Scottish Scouts arrive on site


The camp site is now really looking good, and we will get a view of the whole site in the morning from my normal standpoint and you will see the transformation.

Murray Sub-camp begins to take shape Scouts working on their dining shelter Building their camp table - looks like some discussion taking place
The Sub-camps begin to take shape


The patrols still have a bit of work to do to their sites which they will continue this evening after their tour of the site which will introduce them to the key parts played such as the Quartermaster, the Doctor, Reception, Site Services, the Kastle and the ‘Time Out’ tent.

The Murray Sub-camp at Reception where the met the team leaders of Admin and Reception teams. The Maclean Sub-camp with the Doctor being given advise on Health matters. The MacDonald Sub-camp at the Quartermasters, learning how it works.
The Murray Sub-camp at Reception where the met the team leaders of Admin and Reception teams. The Maclean Sub-camp with the Doctor being given advise on Health matters. The MacDonald Sub-camp at the Quartermasters, learning how it works.
Stewart Sub-camp at the Kastle where the learned about all the facilities there. The Morrison Sub-camp being advised on general well-being at the camp. The Robertson Sub-camp at Site Services being told of the 'do's and 'dont's around the site.
Stewart Sub-camp at the Kastle where the learned about all the facilities there. The Morrison Sub-camp being advised on general well-being at the camp. The Robertson Sub-camp at Site Services being told of the 'do's and 'dont's around the site.


Tuesday 17th July

The camp site at 8 a.m. this morning

The Camp Site at 8 a.m. this morning

A beautiful morning at 7 a.m, then it clouded over as I went to take this picture. As you can see people are up and about, fires are lit and people are preparing for the arrival of the Overseas Scouts.

If you think 7 a,m, is an unearthly hour to be up, it was reported that there was a scout sitting outside the Quartermaster's store at 6.30, waiting to collect their breakfast rations. The store does not open until 7.40 a.m.

 Well,  it has been some day. The arrival of most of the overseas scouts, unfortunately a group from Alberta has been delayed on their train to Edinburgh. Once they arrive we will have 1308 members of the world wide Scout movement in Target Park. It is quite a sight.


 Overseas scouts are checked in  Oveaseas scouts are checked in Overseas scouts are checked in 

As each patrol checked in their host patrol came down to greet them and escort them back to their sub-camp. Once they had settled in,  a quick tour of the site so that they were familiar where things are.

After dinner, the sub-camps prepared themselves for the opening ceremony of the 33rd Scottish International Patrol Jamborette.

The Ceremony started with the Vale Atholl Pipe Band bringing in the flags of all the nations, carried by a representative of that country. These were then handed over to a Scottish Patrol Leader for safe keeping for the duration of the camp.


Vale of Atholl Pipe band   The National Flags are brought in The National flags are handed over to the Scottish patrol leaders 

The Camp Chief, Andrew Sharkey, affectionately known as ‘Sharkey’, invited the six sub-camp chiefs to join him on the podium. Sharkey then welcomed the scouts from the 16 overseas countries plus the 4 home countries to the Camp.

Sharkey address the gathering

A candle was then lit from the flame of the 2010 Blair Atholl and the six sub-camp Chiefs invited to light their candles from Sharkey’s before taking it back to their respective sub-camps to light their own camp fires, followed by a sing-song, before  they turned in for the night in preparation for the start of activities in the morning.


 Robertson campfire  Morrison campfire  Macdonald camp fire
 Fantastic expression on the Norwegians face  Stewart Camp Fire  Murray Campfire

Wednesday 18th July

The Calgary Patrol that arrive just after midnight last night.

One minute past midnight saw the arrival of the last patrol who had travelled from Calgary. Their trip from London was a trail of unfortunate incidents, mainly caused by other trains on the line. Anyway they are here finally and in the MacDonald sub-camp.

The first day of activities! And it rained, and rained and rained. But nobody was disheartened. A picture taken at the Quartermasters around 8 a.m. shows a few smiling faces and a wave for photographer.

QM Store this morning

The programme ran more or less to schedule. Some of the outdoor activities were moved into the Kastle, while others such as Volleyball, All Terrain Boarding, and Football stayed outside. Nobody was particularly bothered about the rain, apart from the Site Services team who had to handle small pockets of flood where the rain gathered and provide some walkways to give access to the likes of the Staff Club. The sub-camps themselves seemed to cope quite well with the conditions.

The Atholl Challenge Team Games Fencing
Cycle Training Team Sports Terrain Boarding

Tonight in the Kross – Disco from the Krypt. Should be entertaining.

The Disco The Disco

Both the BBC News and Scottish Television News featured Blair Atholl in their evenings news bulletins this evening.

Thursday 19th July

Good morning from a beautiful sunny Blair Atholl albeit slightly chilly at the moment.
What a difference from yesterday.

Blair Atholl Jamborette as we love it

Activities continued throughout the day. The weather was reasonable although it did cloud over but with sunny spells. A new arrival this afternoon was a group of Radio Amateurs who are setting up an amateur radio station for the camp, with a special call sign – GO-BAJ They will operate this from Friday through to Monday, and there may be the opportunity for some of the Scouts to talk to others across the world.

The Radio 'Shack' setting up for tomorrow

The planned Camp Dinner, where the staff have their meal provided by the patrols in the sub-camps, was postponed last night due to the weather. However it took place this evening. A simple meal of soup, ate & oat biscuits, cold meat, salad and potatoes finished off with strawberries and cream.

Dinner with the Arbroath Patrol andNetherlands Duiven 1 Dinner with the Arbroath Patrol and Netherlands Duiven 1

After Dinner, The Scottish Headquarters held a reception for the overseas contingent leaders in the Staff Club, with the Chief Commissioner for Scotland in attendance.

The SHQ Reception for the overseas contingent leaders The SHQ Reception for the overseas contingent leaders

For the young people there was the Kastle Karnival with lots of fun events.

The Kastle Karnival - now he is enjoying himself The Kastle Karnival - Determination to win the race The Kastle Karnival - caught mid-airr

Remember that are lots more pictures in the Gallery which are loaded daily.

Friday 20th July

Another reasonable day, dry but cloudy and it was COLD overnight.

The activities ran today, but is the last for the week as tomorrow is Country Fair where mums, dads and family we be coming on site to see what is happening and see how their children are getting on. It may also be an opportunity for them to meet their guest for home hospitality. Also bring a fresh set of clothes and take the dirty ones away.

We managed to sneak into the camp Radio Station this morning and get some pictures as they were preparing a programme, and also as they made a broadcast from the actual studio.

A scout interview another one for a programme And in the studio itself, a programme being produced.

A new activity was introduced today, and it will run over the week-end – an Amateur Radio station with a special call sign for the camp –Golf Zero Bravo Alpha Jullet (G0-BAJ), G0 being the identifier for a British special event station. It has been busy all day with the scouts visiting and talking on the radio, under the supervision of the licensed radio operator. They have reached 36 countries during the day in including Brazil, South Africa and a whole range of European countries. The youngsters also had the opportunity to try their hand a morse code and go on a treasure hunt using morse to navigate.

The amateur radio shack with the equipment lent to the club by ICOM

Tonight is BlairFest – their own Music Festival with a live band and a guest singer, Sandi Thom.

Tonights guest star, Sandi Thom

And finally, as the sun goes down, a red sky, heralding a good day tomorrow, hopefully, for Visitors Day. But I guess it is going to be another cold night.


Sunset over Blair Atholl

Saturday 21st July

The day started in glorious sunshine as can be seen in the picture of the Satellite Camp which was taken around 8 a.m.

The Satellite Camp, looking towards Blair Castle

Unfortunately it was not to stay and eventually clouded over but remained dry until later in the evening.

This morning was basic used to prepare for Visitors Day. The gates were opened at 1 p.m. and the crowds flooded in to the site, making a bee-line for the relevant sub-camp to find their Scouts.

 Satellite Campers at the Art and Crafats Baseelitte  Satellite Campers try their hand at Circus Skills  Satellite Campers at the Pioneering base

At 2 p.m. a Scout Pipe Band paraded from Reception up to the Country Fair where the Patrols had prepared stalls where the visitors could buy a variety of foods, or try some entertaining games, paying for it with ‘Atholls’, a currency created for the afternoon, which de-values itself at 4 p.m. to be worthless. There was also an International Showcase on stage, with performance from many of the countries attending the Jamborette.

The Scout Pipe Band One of the acts and the Internation Showcase One of the stalls where visitors can spend their 'Atholls'.

A full selection of pictures is in the Gallery.

The Fair closed at 4 p.m. and at the point, parents could take their Scouts off-site, for a shower, a meal, whatever, but they had to be in fully uniform and return to the camp by a certain time.

This evening, a camp fire was held with many parents and friends stayed on the attend the event which was entertained by a number of leaders and scouts, including some from the overseas contingents.

The sub-camps at Camp fire The Camp Chief and Sub-camp Chiefs looking on to the Camp fire One of the overseas patrols give a song.


Sunday 22nd July

A long lie this morning, an extra hour after a great camp fire last night, only spoiled by the rain.

This morning is the Scout’s Own at Blair Castle. The whole Camp, joined by the Satellite Camp parade up to the Castle led by the Scout Pipe Band and all the national flags. The Drive way was busy with parents and friends who had stayed locally as well as many tourists.

The Camp parades up to Blair Castle

Topically, the theme this year was around the Olympics with a twist – five gold rings and an additional two rings to represent the seven Scout Laws with a story for each one related by the seven sub-camps, the seventh being the Satellite camp in case you were wondering. And it was very well done – a credit to the youngsters.

The Camp on the hillside at Blair Castle An enactment relating to one of the Scout Laws The seven gold rings representing the seven laws

At the end of the Scout’s Own, Sharky invited all Scouts present, past and present, to renew their Scout Promise. The gathering then marched down the drive again back to the camp site.

The afternoon was a leisurely session of international games around the camp site.

This evenings dinner in the sub-camps was cooked for the patrols but the Aunts and Uncles and all the Cousins allocated to the sub-camps. We should explain that each member of staff who is not allocated as an Aunt or Uncle is designated a cousin to a sub-camp and they help they sub-camp when ever they have the opportunity to do so. And again, the rain arrived and put a dampener (sorry) the early evening.

BBQ Time BBQ Time BBQ Time

And later in the evening - The Heroes and Villians Party in the Kastle, and the rain was forgotten.

Heroes & Villians Heroes & Villians


Monday 23rd July

Another wet morning, but so what. Today the activities re-commence after the week-end break.

The Amateur radio station has been very popular as an activity and this morning they made contact with a Swiss Jamboree which is located between Luxembourg and Berne. A number of out Scouts had the opportunity to chat with the counterparts in Switzerland which was also an international camp and one of our Norwegian scouts had the opportunity to talk to one of his countrymen. Other countries represent in Switzerland including Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain and many other European countries.

Some of the Scouts who talked to the Swiss Jamboree Radio Station HB9 JAM

We are slowly building up our sub-camp page, which went live for 2012 at the week-end, and you can now see which patrols are paired together, along with their sub-camp gateways and we are gradually managing to get pictures of the sub-camp staff – three so far, and hopefully the remainder tomorrow.

The Staff page is also being built now, as we chat with the various teams around the camp site.

This evening – the Sub-camp Show Down – a fun quiz with the six Sub-camp chiefs competing for the prize. At the end of each round, the loosing Chief faces the ‘Gunge’ tank. Have a look in to days Gallery to follow the happenings.

The sub-camp Show Down evening The audience supporting their own sub-camp chief

Follow the fate of the Sub-camp Chiefs in the Gallery

Tuesday 24th

A beautiful morning, although at 6 a.m. there was a mist right down below the hill tops. Often a good sign at Blair which seems to have its own unique climate pattern.

 Flag Break

Another full day of activities are scheduled today, and with a bit of luck no rain for a change but some sunshine to make up for yesterday.

Circus Skills - attempts on a mono-cycle

One of the activities during the camp is to do some work around the Estate in return for the use of Target Park and all the other assistance that they give the Camp. They have been doing a range of jobs including tree felling, cutting back the rhododendron, building cycle stands in Estate Car Parks and rebuilding steps down to the River Tilt. 

Building Cycle Stands in the Estates Car Parks Rebuilding steps down to the River Tilt

The weather did hold up, although there was not a lot of sun, but it was pleasantly warm.

This evenings entertainment in the Kastle is the International Talent Show.

Internation Talent Night International Talent Night

An after another fun filled day for the scouts a beautiful sunset over the camp

Sunset over the camp 

Wednesday 25th

The last day of the activity programme, and it is a gorgeous day – the best of the camp.

So much so that everyone was warned to drink plenty and make sure they did not suffer from sunburn and heat stroke.

This is the final rush to complete as many activities as one can in order to qualify for the White Cockade, a special badge to signify you have completed 12 activities as detailed in the Activity Booklet.


An ideal activity for the day - a water slide Another cool place - in the mud Crate Climbing

This evening, the sub-camps held a Burn’s Supper, as did the Staff in their facility. Scotch Broth, Haggis, Tatties and Neeps followed by trifle.

The Haggis is piped in Addressing the haggis They enjoyed the new experience of Haggis

The MacDonald Burns Supper

 The Staff Burns Supper  The top table of the Staff Burns Supper

The Staff Burns Supper

This evening entertainment in the Kastle is the Kastle Keilidh.


Kastle Keilidh Kastle Keilidh

For the Staff, if they were up for it, a chance to run the gauntlet on the Atholl Experience.


Thursday 26th July

And so we come to the last full day of the camp.

It does not seem like 13 days since I arrived back in “The Field of Dreams” here in Blair Atholl for another Jamborette.

Today is dress down day, formally inspection and parades are forgotten and everyone lets their hair down. The sub-camps all do their own thing before morning flag break, but the prize must go to MacLean for their display to mark Amy as there sub-camp chief – BRILLIANT!

 MacLean Sub-camps tribute to their sub-camp Chief, Amy

After Flag Break, it is time for Atholl Antics, a fun backed two hours of games as the sub-camps compete against each other for the Atholantic Honour. This years winners – Morrison with 333 points.

Atholantics Atholantics Atholantics


After lunch, the work starts to dismantle the camp site, store all the pioneering timbers for another two years, pack away all the equipment to take home and by this evening all that is left standing are the patrol’ sleeping tents, sub-camp marquees and the main marquees of Kastle, Staff Club, Staff Mess and the staff lines which will remain there until Saturday.. The Kastle is bare, the stage is stripped out, the shops, Bank and Post Office are all gone. And tonight, the final, and closing Camp Fire. Always a moving occasion as the national flags are lowered for the last time.

Whilst waiting for the campfire, there are groups of scouts chatting, signing each others neckies and of course discussions going on with the overseas contingents about their home hospitality.

Scouts chatting about their experiences at Blair signing each others neckies and exchanging badges etc the Japanese contingent discussing their home hospitality arrangements

This evenings camp fire was great, with fantastic participation from all - an excellent end to a great camp.

The mass gather of all campers at the final Camp Fire The South Africian contingent lead in a song The final moments of the Jamborette

It's worth having a look in the Gallery for today at the various pictures of the camp fire, particularily towards the end where everyone little a candle, and gradually they were extinguished until the campfire circle was in darkness and only the campfire was left burning, and then the lone piper standing on the hill top. A very moving scene, and one that will be remembered for a long time.

The sole Piper on the hill top above the camp

Friday 27th July

 8 a.m. this morning

 The scene on site at 8.a.m.. The site is slowly clearing of tents. The patrols are currently having breakfast and then the task of striking tents and packing the gear away to wait for it to be collected.

Through the morning, staff continued to strip the site and the Scottish patrols and their HoHo guests made their way rowards the main gateway as their coaches arrived. A few groups were travelling by train and made their way to Blair Atholl railway station.

Patrols and guests making their way to the gateway, heading for home leaving behind the footprints of their camp sites A view across the campsite - the Kastle marquee poles can be seen - the canvas has gone
At the Station, waiting on the train Boarding the train
Waiting the arrival of their coach The waiting continues Finally, transport for some arrives

Haste Ye Back

If you have need to contact the Jamborette, this can be made through our Scottish Headquarters number. Details are on the Emergency Contact Sheet  or it can be found at the bottom of the front page of this web site. The email address will be monitored and any email responded to as quickly as possible.

Remember there are many many more pictures in the Gallery, don’t forget the sub-camp page under Kastle Kurrents and of course the Staff Page.

The Camp Site at 4.30 p.n. on Friday

Below are the details of which Scottish and International Scouts are in the respective sub-camps for 2012

Macdonald MacLean Morrison Murray Robertson Stewart

MacDonald Subcamp

MacDonald Sub-camp 

MacDonald Sub Camp Leader Team

The MacDonald Sub-Camp comprises of 11 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle George.

They are :-
  • Blackford with Austria Vienna 27 1
  • Cathiness / Orkney with USA Utah
  • Clyde 4 with Hong Kong 2
  • Clyde 7 with Canada Calgary
  • Deeside with Netherlands Oud Gastel 1
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth with Sweden 3
  • Falkirk 1 with USA Baden Powell 1
  • Galloway with Austria Vienna 80 5
  • Greenock & District with USA Connecticut 4
  • South Angus with Spain 3
  • Stirling & Trossachs 2 with Canda Duncan
  • West Lothian 1 with Ireland Dunrhauch 1

Panoramic view of Camp Site  

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MacLean Subcamp

MacLean Sub-camp

MacLean Sub-camp Staff

The MacLean Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Auntie Amy.

They are :-
  • Ayrshire East with USA Fort Worth 1
  • Borders 2 with Gibraltar 2
  • Clackmannanshire with Netherlands Dulven 2
  • Clyde 2 with Wales
  • Clyde 8 with USA Maryland 2
  • Deveron 2 and Spain 4
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth with Sweden 4
  • Gordon 1 with USA Monteray Bay
  • Midlothian with Norway Jeloy 2
  • Renfrewshire 1 with Ireland Dunrhauch 2
  • Ross & Sutherland with Austria Vienna 27 2
  • West Lothian 2 with Canada Quebec

Panoramic view of the camp site 

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Morrison Subcamp

Morrison Sub-camp 

Morrison Sub Camp Staff

The Morrison Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Steven.

They are :-
  • Arbroath & Montrose 2 with Netherlands Duiven 1
  • Borders 1 with Norway Jeloy 3
  • Clyde 6 with Austria Vienna 80 3
  • Craigalmond with USA MAryland 1
  • Dundee 1 with Hong Kong 1
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth with Japan 1
  • Falkirk / Clackmanshire with Canada Toronto 1
  • Gordon 2 with USA Connecticut 2
  • Inverness / Orkney / WI / R&S with Russia 1
  • Paisley & District 2 with England Holborn 2
  • Perth & Kinross 1 with Canada Victoria 2
  • Renfrewshire 2 with Spain 1

 Panoramic view of the camp site

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Murray Subcamp

Murray Sub-camp 

The Murray Sub-camp Leaders

The Murray Sub-Camp comprises of 13 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Robert.

They are :-
  • Buchan with Finland 2
  • Clyde 1 with South Africa
  • Dumfriesshire 1 with Austria Vienna 80 4
  • East Lothian with Russia 2
  • Falkirk 2 with USA Georgia
  • Greenock & District 2 with
  • Kyle and Carrick with USA BAden Powell 2
  • Lochaber / Western Isles with Netherlands Hertog 1
  • North East Fife 1 with Canada Chemainus 2
  • Pentland with Canada Toronto 2
  • Perth & Kinross 2 with USA Centra Florida
  • Rosyth with Japan 2
  • Stirling & Trossachs with Norway Hafslundsoy

Panoramic view of camp site  

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Robertson Subcamp

Robertson Sub-camp 

Robertson Sub-camp Staff

The Robertson Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Colin.

They are :-
  • Aberdeen 1 with USA Connecticut 1
  • Clyde 5 with Canada St Phillips
  • Deveron 1 with Ireland Dunrhauch 3
  • Dundee 2 with Norway Jeloy 1
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth 2 with Sweden 1
  • Edinburgh with Canada Victoria 1
  • Greenock & District 1 with Austria Vienna 80 1
  • Inverness with Finland 1
  • Kincardinshire with USA Fort Worth 2
  • Moray 2 with England Healing
  • North East Fife 2 with Netherlands Oud Gastel 2
  • Stirling & Trossachs 3 with Gibraltar 1

  Panoramic view of camp site

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Stewart Subcamp

Stewart Sub-camp 

Stewart Sub-camp Leaders

The Stewart Sub-Camp comprises of 12 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Robbie.

They are :-
  • Aberdeen 2 with England Holborn 2
  • Arbroath and Montrose 1 with Spain 2
  • Braid with USA Connecticut 3
  • Clyde 3 with NetherlandsHertog 2
  • Dumfriesshire 2 with Finland Afararna 3
  • Dumbartonshire with Ireland Dublin 1
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth 4 with Sweden 2
  • Kirkcaldy / South Angus with USA Longhouse
  • Moray 1 with Canada Cobble Hill
  • North Ayrshire and Arran with Norway Jeloy 4
  • Northern Ireland with Canada Victoria 3
  • Paisley and District 1 with Austria Vienna 80 2

Panoramic view of camp site  

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On this page we will tell you something about the people and teams that make this camp such a tremendous success.

The Camp Chief

The Camp ChiefAndrew Sharkey first became involved with the Blair Atholl Jamborette in 1988 and has attended all 12 camps since. This is Sharkey's 1st Jamborette as Camp Chief, a role he is thoroughly enjoying. This year there are Scouts from an incredible 18 countries and a support staff of 450. Sharkey said "The Jamborette has been running for 66 years and the atmosphere at the camp and amongst the Scouts and staff is really quite special. The International friendships made at the camp and afterwards during the period of home hospitality add to this to make it an incredible Scout experience."

So what does the Camp Chief do?
"I lead and co-ordinate all the teams from the planning stage right through to the camp itself. We start some 18 months before the event and of course, we meet afterwards to review everything and identify improvements. Blair Atholl is a very special camp and I am very fortunate to have an amazing team supporting the camp, including 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, making sure the camp runs smoothly from start to finish."

And what does Sharkey do with his time when not planning the next Blair Atholl Jamborette? Professionally, Sharkey is a Deputy Head Teacher and holds a range of scouting roles, his main ones being Group Scout Leader of 2nd Lanark Scout Group and Explorer Scout Leader at Lanark Explorer Scout Unit.

The Core Team

The Core Team of Blair Atholl Jamborette

Whilst Sharky chairs the core team, we should not forget this small group of people, because without them, the Jamborette would not happen. For months they hold regular meetings planning the next Blair Atholl, estimating the costs of food and materials often a year in advance, no easy task in these times.The amount of administration involved in running such an event is enormous, keeping track of every one that has applied, devising activities, programming the activities, coordinating transport, the main site tentage, catering etc. They all have their own skills and use them jointly to pull the camp together.And of course they do not do all the work themselves - they have teams of people working with them, we should not forget these people as well, and the staff at our Scottish Headquarters that also put a lot of effort into the event.

 Site Services

The Site Services TeamThis 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 laid  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.

 The Medics

Dr ColinDr MarionAs 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 that we have 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 comprises of a reception area, treatment room and a rest room, should it be needed.

The doctors hold a surgery twice a day during the camp to attend 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.


The Reception TeamAnother small team of leaders, again working in shifts, always dressed in full uniform whilst on duty, as they are the focal point for all visitors to the camp site. The man the phone, act as a communication control centre for the core team on the radio system, book people off site when the leave, and back in again on their return, so that the camp staff know where everyone is, Lost and Found, all controlled from this area. And the lost and Found roll goes on well after the camp as people discover they have lost things and send in enquires as to whether it has been found.

 Quarter Master

The Quarter Master TeamHave you every thought what goes into provisioning for 1300 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 Kastle shop.

Behind the store a large refrigated lorry sits for the duration of the camp, to store all the perishables.

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 Cetering

How do you fancy feeding over 400 people with three hot meals a day for two weeks in a grass field?

That is the task that the catering team have and they excel at it. How to the cope with preparing the meals – there is a mobile kitchen brought on site

They work in shifts to prepare the meals and serve it to the camp staff, but they do have some time off when Staff eat with the patrols and on the Sunday where staff preparing a barbeque for the sub-camp patrols -  but then again do they – I have seen them cooking and serving  the BBQ on Sunday night?.

Folks, everyone on site appreciates the food you provide us with.

 The Admin Team

The Admin TeamJust a few people who spend two weeks in a cabin in the middle of field.

No way! This team often work into the wee small hours organising various aspects of the camp.

From the time the first person, whether it be staff or a Scout registers until the last overseas contingents leaves Scotland, they are involved.

Everyone on site will meet a member of this team at least once during their stay at Blair Atholl.

They prepare all the security badges, allocate patrols and leaders to sub-camps and then the massive task of co-ordination the Home Hospitality for all the overseas scouts and leaders AND the arranging all the transport from Home Hospitality to bring the contingents back together again to ensure they catch their flights etc. That is no mean task

 The Activity Team

A small team of leaders  who again worked hard to arrange all the activities for the 840 Scouts on site.

Co-ordinating the activities, allocated staff to each activity, check the risk assessments to ensure every safeguard has been made, it takes months of work before the camp.

Then, during the camp they have the task of allocating each sub-camp activities for each day to ensure that all the youngsters have the opportunity to do as many of the activities as they can.

And then there are all the staff members on site who actually run the activities for 6 days, those that provide the evening entertainment as well.

The Staff Club Team

The Staff Club TeamThose people that provide all the teas and coffees for members of staff in theor leisure moments, the evening entertainment and serve supper. They arrange visits to various local places of interest for the staff during their time off.

A very important role for the 470 leaders on site as it provides them with the relaxation they need after a hard days work 

 The others

The members of staff who designed and built the interior of the Kastle, and all the wee backroom jobs that get down without being noticed, fix things when the break, provide the IT facilites across the site, prepare and print Kastle Kurrents every day, take the pictures daily and loading them to the web site and many many others that just work away quietly - Thank You.