2014 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 'This is the Field' and 'The Bog Sheets'.

Camp Diary 2014

Target Park Park

Target Park awaits your arrival - 30th June 2014

Sunday 20th July

The Campsite at 7:30 am this morning

The above is a view of the camp site at 7.30 this morning – all quiet, but not for long as the staff of the camp get to work preparing the site for the Scottish Scouts arrival tomorrow morning.

The weather today was overcast initially but the sun soon break through and it is really hot out in the field. There is a possibility of rain later this afternoon, but it is looking good for the arrivals tomorrow and on Tuesday.

Most of the marquee tentage is up, the sub-camps are in various states of preparation, but all the patrol campsites are marked out. As the day progresses, the pioneering poles will be delivered to each of the campsite areas, to enable the patrols to build their camp table. Meanwhile the sub-camp staff are preparing their sites for the theme they have chosen. Sorry you will have to wait and see exactly what they all come up with.

The Kastle, which contains the Post Office, Café, Bank, Scout Shop and stage area, is slowly taking shape, as are the inside activity areas on the other wings of the Kastle. Structures are being painted and wallpapered – yes wallpapered. We will show pictures of the Kastle as the camp progresses.

The Kastle Build -1 The Kastle Build -2 The Kastle Build - 3
The Kastle Build  1 The Kastle Build  2 The Kastle Build  3


And of course the Admin team have their work cut out, in preparing for the Scouts arriving tomorrow – all the ID cards are being collated into patrol sets, along with a Blair Atholl scarf, badge and booklet.

The Admin team preparing for tomorrows Arrivals


Staff members are allocated into teams for the duration of the camp – Activities, Catering Quartermasters, Administration, Reception, Site Services and off course Sub camp Staff (Aunts and Uncles). Over and above that each member of Staff is allocated to a sub camp as a Cousin and the aim is that the Cousins will help around the sub camp when they have time. This especially important on Monday with the Scottish Scouts coming in to set up camp.

Today’s lunch was a break away from the normally routine and all of the Cousins went to their respective sub camps to meet the sub camp staff and the other Cousins. Lunch was supplied on the sub camp.

Morrison Sub-camp Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

The Morrison Sub-camp Aunts, Uncles and Cousins having lunch

To assist the Sub-camp staff, some of the Cousins helped them move the pioneering poles into the various campsites.

Moving the pioneering poles

Moving the pioneering poles into the camping areas.

Work has continued all afternoon on preparing the site, the climbing wall has come on site and is now ready for use, work in the Kastle is still on going and finally before dinner, the activity team had a briefing session to go over various things and to allocate some of the team to help welcome the Scottish Scouts in the morning.

The Climbing Tower Still hard at work in the Kastle The Activity Team Briefing session
The Climbing Tower Still hard at work in the Kastle The Activity Team meeting



Monday 21st July

Day one of the Jamborette and the arrival of the Scottish Patrols. There was some cloud early on in the day, but that was soon burned off, although there were a few occasions when it reappeared during the day.

In the main an excellent day for setting up camp, albeit at times a bit on the hot side.

The first arrivals came on site at 10 a.m. and there was a steady stream of patrols until 1.30 pm at which time we were missing two Scouts who were travelling from the Western Isles as part of the Inverness & Western Isles patrol. They arrived just before 3 pm.

The first registrations Another patrol checks in The last two from the Western Isles
              The first patrol registers           Another patrol checking in      The last two from the Western Isles


Since they arrive of the Scouts there has been a steady transformation of the field as tents are pitched, camp tables built and below is a selection of pictures from around the sub-camps

General pictures around the site General views around the site General views around the site
          General views around the site           General views around the site           General views around the site


We must apologise, there have been some outages of the Jamborette website during this afternoon and hopefully these have been resolved.

After their evening meal, the subcamps did a circuit of 6  centres where they learned how the various facilities on the camp site worked, The Doctors, Reception and Administration, Site Services, The Kross, Quartermaster Stores and a session on weel being and team work.


MacLean subcamp Murray Subcamp Robertson Subcamp
 MacLean Subcamp with the Doctors  Murray Subcamp at Reception  Robertson Subcamp at Site Services
Stewart subcamp MacDonald subcamp Morrison subcamp
 Stewart Subcamp at the Kross  MacDonald Subcamp at Quatermasters  Morrison Subcamp leaving their chat session


Time for some more work and then relaxation before turning in for the night

The Campsite at 8;30 pm this evening

The camp site at 8:30 pm this evening

Remember there are lots more pictures in the Gallery for today.


Tuesday 22nd July

Morning 2 – and another beautiful day.  A few clouds in the distant to the west beyond the Castle, but nothing to worry about today. It is going to be another hot one.

The patrols are in full swing cooking breakfast and continuing the build of their camp tables.

The first arrivals are due around 10 am.

The first arrivals The patrol registers
                             The first arrivals                            A patrol registers
There was a steady flow of arrivals until around 3pm at which point we were 7 patrols short, 6 from Spain – their flight was delayed and Zambia who we expect on Wednesday. The Spanish patrols finally arrived around 7 pm.

The next event was the opening ceremony where the six subcamps came together. The flags of all the participating countries were paraded onto the field by a Scout pipe band and handed over to a Scottish patrol leader. Sharkey then welcomed everyone to the Jamborette and invited the six subcamp leaders to join him and then then lit torches from the flames of the 2012 Jamborette.
The flags are paraded into the field Sharkey welcomes everyone The torches are lit
      The flags are paraded into the field          Sharkey              The torches are lit
and then each subcamp took their respective torches back to their site and lit their own campfire for the evening.
Again, more pictures in the Album for today


Wednesday 23rd July

Today was a change from yesterday initially anyway. Low cloud all around us and a wee bit on the cool side. But by 10 am the sun had burned it’s way through and it has been another scorcher.

Today was the first day of activities’ Last night the Activity Team provided each subcamp with a list of activities that the youngsters could take part in for the day, and they made their selection which was fed back to the Activity Team. This process continues every night where there are activities the following day.

The Patrols are subjected to a full uniform inspection each morning and this includes their camp site, where sleeping tents, store tent,  wood chopping area and hygiene are all taken into consideration.

This followed by flag break at 10 am, and part of this process is hoisting all the nations flags on the hillside.

Then it is on to Activities. Some are half day, others, like water activities on Loch Tummel are full day activities. If you are on camp, lunch is provided in the subcamp area and if you are off site, a packed lunch is provided.

Their meal being judged by the leaders Using a rotary saw to cut his wood Cycling skills around the track
  The team discuss their meal with leaders      Using a power saw to shape his wood          Cycling trial around the course
Selecting the play list for today's broadcast A taste of Japan - the use of chopsticks Ready to fire the Ballistas
 Selecting today's playlist for the broadcast     A taste of Japan with using chopsticks     Pioneering - 3 Ballista's ready to fire


Everyone is back on site tonight and the staff of the camp are invited to dinner in the subcamp that they are attached to as a cousin.

After dinner the evening activities start and to night it is the Wicky Wacky Wild West Party

Staff dining with a subcamp patrol The wicky Wacky Wild West Party
             Staff dining with a patrol in the subcamps                   The Wicky Wacky Wild West Party



Thursday 24th July

Yet again this morning the cloud base was right down on the camp site – we are about 160 metres above sea level ( approximately 525 feet).  But, as like yesterday, the sun soon burned it off and it has been another scorcher.

After flag break, it’s back to activities as yesterday with a new selection that people made last night.

The gallery has a new selection of some of the activities in it and we also got a set of pictures from BART (Blair Atholl Rescue Team) of an exercise they did today with some of the Scouts. This is one of the activities, not an actual rescue team, although the leaders on the activity are in fact members of Mountain Rescue Teams across Scotland.

The Archery Activity Baking Bread in the backwoods A simulated mountain rescue
                  The archery range             Baking bread in the backwoods           A simulated mountain rescue


Tonight is the subcamp showdown, an interesting evening with the subcamp chiefs put on the spot with a number of challenges. Such face painting, questions on a specialised subject andtasked with continuing to sing a song once the recording has stopped. Points ( a measure of water) are awarded to each of the 6 subcamps  and normally the loser has an unpleasant surprise – this year it was slightly different –  each Chief got a soaking as their ‘points’ were poured over them. 
Subcamp Showdown Subcamp showdown Subcamp showdown
    Face painting as one of the challenges The five leaders supporting Aunt Linda         Uncle Steve gets a soaking

The Subcamp Showdown event this evening.

Friday 25th July

It has been another fantastic day here at Blair Castle, no mist this morning, the temperature just rose – another very hot day indeed.

A few days back I mentioned the flags of the countries attending the Jamborette and the picture is below.

The Flags of the participating countries

Activities continued today and I spent the morning go round the Atholl Experience taking some pictures which are in todays Album in the Gallery.

The start of the Atholl Experience How they finished the activity
           How they started yje Atholl Experience                           And how they finished

You can follow the Experience in today's Album in the Gallery

The numbers at the Jamborette increased dramatically today as the Satellite Camp arrived to give the younger people an opportunity to have a taster of what the Jamborette is all about. There are 390 Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders now in camp until Monday – an opportunity to let them see what the Jamborette is about – the youngsters are the potential future participants.

Tonight two live bands performed in the Kastle - well actually in the arena at the back of the Kastle as the weather was so good.

One of the two bands and the audience
                    One of the two bands this evening                                                 and their followers


Tomorrow is Visitors Day. With the gates opening at 1 pm. There are no activities for the Jamborette patrols as they have a lot of work to do before the visitors arrive. However some activities will be available for the Satellite campers and they will also have the opportunity to visit the subcamps.


Saturday 26th July

Another fine morning here at Blair Atholl. Perhaps slightly cooler than some previous mornings, possibly down to the light breeze blowing across the field.

It’s Visitors Day, no activities today but lots of work to be done in preparing the site for the influx which will at least quadruple the number of people on site if past years are anything to go by.

The camp had four visitors last night when they attended the Reception for the Overseas Leaders, and they are here today as well. Graham Haddock, Chief Commissioner for Scotland accompanied by Wayne Bulpitt, UK Chief Commissioner,  Nigel Hailey, the UK International Commissioner who is about to retire from the role in September and Dan Wood who will be taking over from Nigel. Our photographer caught up with the visitors at the Satellite Camp this morning.

Flag Break at the Satellite Camp this morning

Flag Break at the Satellite Camp

At 1 p.m. the gates were opened and the crowds poured in, entertained by our own Scout Pipe Band. Unfortunately, there was a road accident on the A9 near Dunkeld and many of the visitors were delayed in getting to Blair Atholl. We hope that they did enjoy the brief visit to us.

The visitors pour into the site   The Scout Band entertains the visitors

At 2 pm the Band made marched up to the Kastle and played a few tunes there whilst parents, friends and leaders went round the many stalls that had been set up by the patrols and countries.

A Scottish contingent making woggles to exchange for Atholls   A Canadian contingent entertains the crowds   The Japanese contingent prepare some snacks for the visitors

 few examples of stalls today - A scottish stall, A Canadian contingent entertaining and a Japanese  contingent preparing snacks for the visitors.

There was also some entertainment provided by some of the overseas contingents.

We were very fortunate in that is stayed dry for the duration of the Fair, albeit the forecast was rain. The rain finally arrived around 6.30 pm and was quite heavy for a while but by the time of the campfire at 9 p.m. in was mainly dry, a few spits of rain now and again, but nothing to get excited about. 

The Camp Chief joined by the 7 subcamp chiefs for the campfire   A view of the campfire gathering   A view of the campsite from the campfire

Various views of the camp fire - more pictures in todays album in the Gallery.

A great finish to a great day.



Sunday 27th July

Sunday, and an extra hour in bed, at least that is the theory.

Breakfast at 9 am, Inspection as normal and flag break at 10.30.

The Scout Pipe Band will lead the camp up the Avenue to Blair Castle for the Scouts Own. Fingers are crossed, it’s dry but the forecast was for rain, but fortunately it held off for the Scouts Own.

As usual, the subcamps positioned themselves on the lawn of the Castle with the national flags lined up in front of them. Once again we were privileged to be able to access the Tower on the Castle and get some pictures look down over the gathering.

The Camp parades up to Blair Castle    A view from the Castle    One of the subcamps performing

The theme of the Scouts Own was ‘The Commonwealth’ and each subcamp was tasked with presenting an item. The subcamp subjects were:-

  • MacLean - Water
  • Murray - Teamwork
  • MacDonald - Colours (of the people)
  • Robertson - Music
  • Stewart - The Baton (holders nominated as special people in the community)
  • Morrison - Sportsmanship
  • Subcamp- Diversity (of wealth)
These were all linked by special shoes - shoes for special times in your life.

Very well performed by the Scouts. There are pictures of this in the Gallery.

Immediately after the return from the Scouts Own, there was the usual flurry of sub-camps taking pictures of the complete subcamp, a picture of the Core Team who have planned the whole event and promotional pictures.

The afternoon was a relaxation period for the main subcamps, but the Satellite Camp ran a session on International Games.

Can you carry four mugs of water on a tray round an obstacle course

In the evening, the staff cousins returned to their respective subcamps, and along with the aunts and uncles, cooked the evening meal on barbecues .

Barbecues on the go    More BBQ    served with quiche, bread rolls and salad

 The evening ended with a Kavenman Kapers party in the Kastle.

The Kaveman Kapers


Monday 28th July

Monday morning, again a lovely day and it is going to be warm again. However the forecast is for cloud to spread in later in the afternoon.

Our apologises  for the late arrival of yesterday’s diary entry, we encountered a few technical problems with the internet – it’s not easy to keep it running in the middle of a grass field in rural Scotland. And no, it was not BT that caused the difficulty.

Today sees a return of the activities after the week-end break.

Celtic Connections    Fencing    River Rescue

Celtic Connections, Fencing and River Rescue - three of the activities I visited today - more in today's Album.

I also paid a visit to the QM Store just to give you a flavour of the work in there. If any of you are interested in serving in the region of 500 people with three meals, with a choice,  a day for 13 days...

Part of the store room    Today's milk delivery    Breakfast Cereal

As promised, the cloud rolled over around 4 pm and it now a bit cooler as the patrols preparer dinner.

Tonight it’s Karnival time in the Kastle with sideshows and inflatables – always popular.

The Karnival    The Karnival

Also tonight, the Patrol Leaders miss out on the fun, they will be attending the International P.L.’s supper in the Staff Club, as guests of Sharkey, and are entertained for an hour.

The PL's Supper

Tuesday 29th July

This is day 5 of activities, it is overcast and there was a light shower of rain as the subcamps started inspection, but nothing significant. The forecast is for it to be basically dry all day.

Yesterday I told you a bit about the QM store and today I have a bit more to add as to how the patrols actually get their provisions.

Twice a day, each patrol sends two members to the store to uplift their provisions. They are issued with plastic containers on day 1 and this has to be returned to QM when they lift there next consignment and so it goes on. After the breakfast delivery the QM staff start building up the boxes for dinner time and the cycle continues. But what about lunch I hear you say. That is supplied direct to the subcamp by QM each day, and the subcamps provide lunch for the patrols in their central area.

Collecting the breakfast provisions for their patrol

The usual morning routine for the subcamps – Inspection, flag break and then into activities.

Geocaching being explained The Gorge Walk Mountain Biking
              Geocaching and how it works                      Gorge Walk                        Mountain Biking


Immediately after the evening meal, Staff had the opportunity to try their hands at Circus Skills and also running a bike round the cycle track that the scouts have been using. Our picture shows a combination of both activities.

Combination of circis skills and cycle trials

This evening there are a series of things happening. In the Kastle there is the International Showcase where contingents, or individuals come along and perform  -  playing music, a dance routine and the presentations can be outstanding. It makes a great evening, my only regret, I never get the opportunity to see from start to finish.

The Japanese contingent presentation at International Showcase

In parallel with that the Staff Club is running a entertainment evening with members of staff taking part and support by the acts from the International Showcase in the Kastle. It makes for a great evening

And yet again a little gremlin crept on site last night – we had a power cut which meant I could not load the page onto the web site.


Wednesday 30th July

This is the last full day of activities.

It is overcast, a bit of a breeze blowing, which has need some remedial work to be carried out  to cook shelters and the like, and the odd threat of a shower.

A demonstartion of a body mattress as used by the Mountain Rescue Teams    Learning an Irish Jig    A challenge for a team of 6 to have only two feet on the ground

A demonstration of a vacuum mattress as used by Mountain Rescue. an Irish Jig lesson and a challenge for six people to have only 2 feet on the ground 

In actual fact the rest of the day has been dry, but windy at times. Just as well as 4 of the subcamps held their Burns Supper in the open.

A view of the campsite this evening


To Night each of the subcamps, and the Staff Club held a Burns Supper, complete with the haggis being piped in and being addressed.

The haggis being piped in at Murray subcamp    The Address to the Haggis    The Murray subcamp Burns Supper

Flag down this evening was slightly different, and slightly later due to the Burns Suppers, and the Staff all assembled at the main flags.

The Staff assemble for the lowering of the flags

Thursday 31st July

The final full day of the Jamborette.

This morning the formal inspection is forgottenn and we have a 'Dress Down' flag break in the subcamps.

Sleeping bags seem popular wear for parade this morning    but the theme varied between patrols    Yet another variation

Already parts of the site are being dismantled, but before the work on subcamps start we have Atholantics – 90 minutes  of inter subcamp competition with a wide range of bases as you will see in the Album.

A sack race   Tossing the Caber    A long jump

mini rugby    An under and over race    Volley Ball with a difference

And throughout the games, there was always some impromptu entertainment by the scouts, with leaders joining in,

Impromptu entertainment                                               And leaders joined in

After lunch, it’s time to start the dismantling the subcamps, gateways and tables down and the pioneering timbers stored away for another two years. By the end of the afternoon all that will be standing in the subcamps are the sleeping tents and staff marquees.

The amazing site as the pioneering timber is stored away until the next Jamborette in 2016

Tonight the final campfire for Blair Atholl Jamborette 2014. It will be an emotional night for many.


A view of the campsite from the final campfiree    A couple of girls performing at the camp fire    The traditional distribution of white heather to the overseas contingents

A view of the campsite from the campfire, two girls performing at the campfire and the traditional distribution of white heather to each of the overseas contingents

The final lowering of the flags    the gradual darkness falling on the campfire    The lights are out and the Jamborette is over

The final lowering of the flags, and the lights are slowly extinguished across the campfire and the Jamborette is over.

Tomorrow the overseas contingents will leave Blair Atholl with the Scottish Scouts to go to their homes and experience Scottish hospitality for up to five days, whilst the leaders remain until Saturday to finish the dismantling of the camp site.

Friday 1st August 

The camp site at 8:30 this morning

Compare this with Wednesday picture

So Blair Atholl Jamborette 2014 draws to a close, the majority of the overseas scouts are going to Scottish homes for a few days home hospitality, others are travelling straight home from the camp.

Groups of Scouts waiting for their transport    Baggage is crammed into the coaches    And they are ready for the off

Groups waiting, while others are cramming baggage into coaches and some are ready for the off.


Haste Ye Back in 2016

Below are the details of which Scottish and International Scouts are in the respective sub-camps for 2014

Macdonald MacLean Morrison Murray Robertson Stewart

MacDonald Subcamp

MacDonald Subcamp Gateway 

MacDonald Subcamp Gateway

The MacDonald subcamp aunts and uncles

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

The Scottish Patrols and their guest are :-
  • Aberdeen with France - Scout Lorient 1
  • Buchan 1 with USA - Matyland 2
  • Clyde 1 withDenmark - Mols 3
  • Deeside 1 with Spain - Mare Nostrum
  • Dunfermline 1 with Sweden - Dalarnas 2
  • Falkirk 1 with Austria - Yoland 7
  • Galloway with Norway - Kverneland 2
  • Kincardshire with Gibraltar 1
  • Midlothian with Austria - Yoland 2
  • North East Fife 2 with USA - Longhorn 1
  • Renfrewshire 3 with Canada - Chemainus
  • South Angus with Ireland - Trim 1


 MacDonald Subcamp aunts and uncles  


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MacLean Subcamp

The Maclean Subcamp Gateway

MacLean Subcamp Gateway

The MacLean subcamp aunts and uncles

The MacLean Sub-Camp comprises of 13 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Auntie Linda.

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-
  • Aberdeen 2 with France - Scout Lorient 4
  • Ayrshire East 1 with Spain - Los Olivos 2
  • Clyde 2 with Canada - Pacific Explorer 1
  • Deeside 2 with USA - Trapper Trails 2
  • Deveron 3 with Iceland 3
  • Dunfermline 2 with Japan 2
  • Edinburgh North East with USA - Connecticut Yankee 1
  • Inverness with Austria - Yoland 4
  • Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes & Levenmouth with Gibraltar 3
  • Moray 1 with Austria - Vienna 15 -3
  • North East Fife 1 with England 1
  • Paisley & District 1 wirh USA - Longhouse 1
  • Stirling & Trossachs 3 with Ireland - 177 Dublin




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Morrison Subcamp

Morrison subcamp gateway 

Morrison Subcamp Gateway

Morrison subcamp aunts and uncles

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

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-
  • Arbroath & Montrose 2 with Iceland 1
  • Ayrshire East 2 with Netherlands 2
  • Borders 1 with Austria - Yoland 6
  • Clyde 3 with Spain - Los Olivos 4
  • Clyde 6 with Ireland - Dunshaughlin 2
  • Dunbartonshire 1 with USA - Baden Powell 1
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth 3 with Sweden - Dalarnas 1
  • Falkirk 3 with Germany - Mettingen 1
  • Greenock & District 1 with Denmark - Mols 1
  • Paisley & District 2 with -Austria - Wien 83
  • Perth & Kinross 2 with Finland 1
  • West Lothian 1 with Connecticut Yankee 2


Morrison Subcamp aunts and uncles  


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Murray Subcamp

The Murray Subcamp Gateway 

Murray Subcamp Gateway

The Murray subcamp aunts and uncles

The Murray Sub-Camp comprises of 14 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Uncle Robert.

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-
  • Borders 2 with Iceland 4
  • Clackmannanshire 1 with Ireland - Dunshaughlin 1
  • Clyde 4 Austria - Vienna 15-2
  • Deveron 2 with  YAS - Trapper Trails 1
  • Dumbartonshire 2 with Germany - Mettingen 2
  • Falkirk 2 with Gibraltar 2
  • Glenrothes & Levenmouth 4 with USA - Baden Powell 2
  • Greenock & District 2 with Denmark - Mols 4
  • Kyle and Carrick with Finland 2
  • Moray2 with Austria - Yoland 5
  • Pentland 1 with Spain - Los Olivos 3
  • Perth & Kinross 1 with Canada - Holwick
  • Renfrewshire 1 with Sweden = Varmdo Sjoscoutkar 2
  • Ross & Sutherland with USA - Longhorn 2


Murray Subcamp aunts and uncles  


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Robertson Subcamp

Robertson subcamp gateway 

Robertson Subcamp Gateway

Robertson subcamp aunts and uncles

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

They Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-
  • Clackmannanshire 2 with Canada - Pacific Explorer 2
  • Clyde 9 with Spain - Los Olivos 1
  • Deveron 1 with Austria - Yoland 3
  • Dumfries with England 2
  • Dundee 1 with USA - Central Florida
  • Dunfermline, Glenrothes & Levenmouth 5 with Sweden - Dalarnas 3
  • Gordon 2 with France - Scout Lorient 3
  • Inverness & Western Isles with Hong Kong
  • Rosyth with Ireland - Trin 2
  • Stirling & Trossachs 1 with Zambia
  • West Lothian 2 with USA - Trapper Trails 3


Robertson Subcamp aunts and uncles  


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Stewart Subcamp

Stewart subcamp gateway 

Stewart Subcamp Gateway

Stewart subcamp aunts and uncles

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

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-
  • Buchan 2 with Austria - Vienna 15-1
  • Caithness & Orkney with Sweden - Varmdo Sjoscoutkar 2 
  • Clyde 7 with Austria - Yoland 1
  • Clyde 8 with Spain - Los Olivos 5
  • Craigalmond with Canada - Calgary
  • Dundee 2 with Denmark - Mols 2
  • Gordon 1 with France - Scout Lorient 2
  • Greenock & District 3 with Denmark - Mols 1
  • Kirkcaldy & North Angus with Japan 1
  • Northern Ireland with Norway - Kverneland 1
  • Renfrewshire 2 with USA - Connecticut Yankee 3
  • Stirling & Trossachs 2 with Iceland 2


Stewart Subcamp aunts and uncles    


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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. This will be built up as the camp progresses.

The Camp Chief

The Camp Chief, SharkeyAndrew Sharkey first became involved with the Blair Atholl Jamborette in 1988 and has attended all 13 camps since. This is Sharkey's 2nd Jamborette as Camp Chief, a role he is thoroughly enjoying. This year there are Scouts from an incredible 19 countries and a support staff of almost 500.  In addition the Satellite Camp will add another 450 Scouts and Leaders to the Jamborette over the middle weekend.  All of this will make it the largest Blair Atholl Jamborette ever! Sharkey said "The Jamborette has been running for 68 years and the atmosphere at the camp, amongst the Scouts and staff, is something 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 International Scouting experience both for the Scouts that attend and for their home communities after the camp."

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. The planning starts some 18 months before the event and of course, we meet afterwards to review everything and look for ways to further improve the Jamborette.

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. The staff 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 Head Teacher and holds a range of scouting roles, his main ones being Explorer Scout Leader at Lanark Explorer Scout Unit and Group Scout Leader of 2nd Lanark Scout Group.


The Core Team

The Core Team

Sharkey chairs the core team of six, and 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. All this costings has to be complete before the details of the next camp can be released in around March 2015 for the 2016 Jamborette

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.

The Camp Medical Team

Welcome to Blair Atholl from the Camp Medical Team. Dr Colin, Dr Martin and a group of enthusiastic first aiders, paramedics, nurses, vets and many more are hoping you have a fantastic time and never have the misfortune of needing our attention. Since you will be camping for 11 nights it is especially important that you try to keep yourself healthy.

The two camp doctors

Mr Martin and Dr Colin outside the medical centre

Here is some helpful advice you should follow to have a healthy happy time at camp;

 If there is sun, wear hats, t-shirts and sun tan lotion

 If it is raining, keep dry

 If you get dirty, wash

 If you’re not dirty, wash anyway including your feet

 If you are cooking or eating , wash your hands before you do so

 If you’re injured, see Subcamp staff first (you can apply your own plaster if you want to do so)

 If are seriously injured or unwell, see Subcamp staff who can arrange for you to see the doctor

 If you have an upset stomach or tick bites, tell the Subcamp staff

 If you’re accident prone, wear protective clothing at all times.

 If you’re not prone to accidents, take care anyway, especially around guy ropes, fires and sharp objects

 If wee is clear, no problem here. If wee is yellow, ill fellow...so drink plenty


Most importantly have fun, enjoy the camp and if you need the Meical Team, we are here and happy to help.

The Administartion Team

Well, what can we say about this team. They handle all the paperwork regarding all the Scouts, Scottish and International, allocating them to the sub-camps, preparing all the security passes and issue out all the relevant information when people check in on arrival.

Then comes the hard part, in my view anyway. Ensuring that all our international visitors have home hospitality, and their leaders, and also planning, purchasing all the necessary rail tickets etc to ensure that they arrive back at their departure point at the correct time.

And then there are the letters that go out to all the families to arrive before Friday morning with all the travel and contact arrangements for their guests.

Staff Catering

Fancy preparing over 40 meals (including options) over the duration of the camp for over 500 people?

Then perhaps you would like to offer your services for 2016?

A dedicated team,  work away behind the scenes in a mobile kitchen unit to prepare the meals for the staff. They operate a two shift system and they do have a couple of evenings off when the staff eat with the patrols and on the Sunday barbeque, but that is it.

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 team of leaders, working in two shifts, always in uniform when on duty that man the reception area. They are the first point of contact that callers, whether it be in person or on the telephone, have with the Jamborette. The register visitors onto the site for a visit and ensure that they are accompanied whilst with us. They also record every person on site when the leave the site and return.

Lost and found property - all ends up here until it is claimed and it is amazing how much is unclaimed at the end of the camp.

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 clears 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.

Quartermaster's Store

Now here is a team of people that the Scouts visit regularly - to pick up their rations for the day. Working away behind the scenes in the Quartermaster's Store to ensure that all the food stuffs are available for each patrol on time, in the right quantities and occasional to meet any special dietary needs that there may be in a patrol. No mean feat.

A small section of the store room        The morning milk delivery      Supplies for the cafe

A few statistics to frighten the mums-part of the camp shopping list

  • over 3000 litres of milk
  • 105 dozen eggs
  • over 800 white loaves of bread, AND 288 brown loaves.
  • over 10,000 rolls
  • 150 apple pies

Meat, fruit, yogurts, soft drinks, water all mysterious appears on site that's to this team who continually after to monitor the usage to ensure they do not run short.

The Staff Club

The quiet quarter - well somewhere for the staff to drop in for a tea or coffee, have a read at the daily papers and general relax.

Evening entertainment is also provided most nights - a quiz, a replay of the International Show Case which many staff don't have the opportunity to see in the Kastle - and of course supper is served here for the staff.

Some of the Staff Club crew

Some of the staff that operated the Staff Club during the camp.

The Activity Team

The largest team of the camp - without them there would be no Blair Atholl. Apart from the leaders on the activities, there is a team of leaders working away in the background who working the number of young people that each base can handle and then allocate some many places to the sub-camps on a daily basis. There are some long nights in the Activity cabin whilst they untangle the problems.

and the rest

The staff in the Bank, Post Office, Cafe, the staff who built up the Kastle, prepared all the structures around the bank, café, post office etc. before the camp, the people that managed the publicity in local and national papers television and radio, the camp paper (Kastle Kurrents) and the website. If I have forgotten anyone, and I am bound to have, my apologises