2016 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'.

Kastle Kurrents 2016
the Bog Sheets for 2016


This page contains copies of the Camp's Daily Newspapers and the Bog Sheets for 2016.

18th July 2016 19th July 2016
20th July 2016 21st July 2016
22nd July 2016 23rd July 2016
24th July 2016 25th July 2016
26th July 2016 27th July 2016
28th July 2016 



2016 Bog Sheets



Camp Diary 2016

Target Park Park

Target Park awaits your arrival - 14th June 2016

Sunday 17th July

Camp Site at 8am this morning

A view of the site at 8 am this morning – the last morning that the camp site will be so quiet for the next two weeks.

There was some light rain early on in the day, but, whilst overcast most of the time, the sun occasionally makes an appearance and the temperature is not too bad, around 15C (59F).  However, there is rain all around us, but we seemed to be sheltered from it at the moment.

This morning the Scottish Staff have been busy preparing the camp site, and organising the various facilities. The Kastle, where the stage is and the shops etc. and the indoor activity areas are all taking shape.

Preparing the patrol areas in the subcamps

The pioneering timbers being moved into the patrol areas.

The sub-camp leaders, and their ‘buddies’ are currently having a lunch break and helping around the sub-camp areas moving the pioneering poles etc. into the patrol areas. After that it’s back to work on their various chores to make the site ready for the Scottish Patrols arriving in the morning.

Sub Camp leaders and buddies at lunch The stage takes shape in the Kastle The Shopping Precinct takes shape
Sub-camp lunch break The stage takes shape The shopping precinct takes shape

An added bonus this year, we have a leader with a Drone and we will be feeding in some of his pictures as the camp progresses starting today. You can see the progress that has been made on site from his picture taken this afternoon.

Aerial view of the camp site

An aerial view of the camp site


Monday 18th July

A rather damp morning here on site, it has been raining earlier on but the forecast is for very light rain during the morning and then drying up. Current temperature at 8 am is 15C (59F) with a predicted high of 18C (64F). Our first Scottish patrols are due around 10 am this morning and then there will be a steady flow throughout the day until mid afternoon.

QM Store this morning - loads of provisions still to arrive.

I have included a picture of the Quartermaster Store as it was early this morning, the best description is near empty, but this will change dramatically tomorrow as the provisions are delivered. Another picture later in the camp.

First task get the tents up and then start on their camp tables.

Still a lot of patrols to start on their tables This one is well on the way to being completed This one very nearly completed
A lot of work to be done here. Nearly complete Just the fire plate to add to complete it.


Progress varies greatly over the sub-camps as can be seen in the pictures. Some have a partial built table, other are complete and there is a variety of techniques in assembling the table.

Must try this method sometime

After dinner, each sub-camp gathered their members together and then they went on a tour of the camp where they had a talk from the QM staff, the medical team, the administrator team, site services, the entertainment team in the Kastle and finally a general chat about well being on site.

Site Services Admin The medical team
Site Services Administration The medical team
Quartermaster Well being The Kastle
The quartermasters store Well being chat The Kastle

and final for tonight.

A general view of the campsite - a bit different from yesterday

A view of the camp site this evening - a bit different from yesterday.


Tuesday 19th July

A beautiful morning here, 9 am it is 18C (64F) and feels like 21C (69F). The predicted high today is 26C (79F) and the possibility of some light rain this evening.

This morning the Scottish patrols had to cook their own breakfast and then they will continue to complete their camping area in readiness to receive their guests.

Our first overseas contingents are expected to arrive around 10.30. There was a steady flow arrivals over the next three hours and then a gap.

Patrol checking in Patrol checking in Patrol checking in


Meantime the International patrols that have arrived have been introduced to their host patrol. A quick tour of the site so that they know where things are and it’s back to work to complete their campsite, including a gateway.

This evening the Opening Ceremony for the 35th Blair Atholl Jamborette, and hopefully the weather will hold out to allow the campfires to take place in each of the subcamps.


The Flags of the countries at Blair Atholl Sharkey welcomes everyone The torches a lit...
Flags of all the countries at the camp Sharkey welcomes everyone to the Jamborette

The torches are lit, ready to return to subcamps.

In his welcome to Blair Atholl, Sharkey mentioned that this was the 35th Jamborette on the Blair Estate - 70 years after the first camp was held. He also announced that this years Blair Atholl Jamborette was the largest international camp in Great Britain this year, The torches have been lit off the flame from the 2014 event, the sub-camp leaders led their followers back to their own campfires on their sites.


Robertson subcamp Stewart subcamp Morrison subcamp
Robertson Stewart Morrison
MacDonald subcamp MacLean Subcamp Murray Subcamp
MacDonald Maclean Murray


As of 1030 this evening, there was still no sign of the rain – a nice clear sky


Wednesday 20th July

What a change today! Initially, around 8 am it was overcast but dry, but there had been rain overnight and I understand there was thunder and lightning, not that I heard it. It talking with a couple of the scouts this morning, one heard nothing, sleeping through it, the other’s comment the lightning was quite spectacular, seen through the canvas.

This morning I went up to Morrison sub-camp, just about the furthest away point on the site from the internet cabin. Initially dry, but that was not to last and after a few rumbles, the rain started and was really heavy. Parts of the campsite are flooded, fortunately not in the vicinity of the sub-camps although I noticed this evening that some tents had had ditched dug round them as a precaution, the main problem area is around the QM store and they have actually brought in pumps and a farm bowser to easy the situation.

Breakfast at Morrison Inspection before the rain And inspection in the rain


Activities started. Nearly as planned. Obviously a lot of the outdoor activities were moved inside and as they say, RAIN STOPPED PLAY – not in the Jamborette – there are groups playing ball games in the rain, the River Rescue activity had to be abandoned today as the river was too high and fast – but they put on a game of water slide rounders in its place which went down very well.

Rain - so what, lets get on with the game Stilts are not as easy as they look The climbing wall

The afternoon was dry, and actually quite warm for a while. The weather prediction has changed during the day. Originally more heavy rain and thunder but this has been downgraded now and, apart from the odd shower, the evening should be dry.

Giant volleyball Cycle trial Woggle making

This evening the camp staff were guests of the patrols in the sub-camps for dinner, and after that the evening programme events will start, the first being The Jungle Book Disco, a themed evening to celebrate 100 years of Cubs.

Dinner at Morrison and a chat The Jungle book disco The Jungle Book Disco
Meantime, in the Staff Club, a more sedate evening with a quiz and supper being served.


As every, all the above pictures are in the Picture GAllery, with lots of others.

Thursday 21st July


Another big change in the weather this morning, it is beautiful  Perhaps a bit on the cool side at the moment at 14C (57F) but they are predicting a top of 22C (71F) as the day goes on. The possibility of light showers in the evening.

The Countries Flags, flying with the Blair Castle in the background

A beautiful scene this morning of all the country’s flags flying against the backdrop of Blair Castle.

It’s another day of activities, and of course now there are more of these taking place outside – the Kastle was a wee bit busy yesterday because of the rain.

I started the day off at Stewart Sub-camp before starting on the activities again, most of my time spent at the backwoods Activity where the youngers had the opportunity to practice, and learn, some backwoods skills and, as one of the Canadian leaders commented, taught the leader team some new recipes in the backwoods cooking line.

Breakfast on it's way breakfast sausages Breakfast is served
Morning Inspection Morning Inspection Morning Inspection


Last night, the Gibraltar contingent had an unexpected outing to Glasgow and pictures have arrived during the day. They went to see their semi-professional side from Gibraltar, The Lincoln Red Imps, playing Celtic. Unfortunately, the Gibraltar team lost the match, but the Scout contingent at least were there in support. The contingent were the guests of Celtic Football Club.

Gibraltar Scouts at the football

Tonight’s entertainment is the Kastle Karnival Clowning around – a fun evening with sideshows and inflatables.

The Karnival The Karnival The Karnival



Friday 22nd July

Another change in the weather this morning, nothing dramatic, just overcast with light showers. AT 8 am the temperature is 16C (61F) with a high prediction of 21C (69F).

Unfortunately, last night we encountered more Internet problems, not on site but elsewhere in the country that affected us. The problem is still ongoing this morning, but we will load pictures as soon as we can.

Today we have a guest on site, Wayne Bullpitt, who is the UK Chief Commissioner for The Scout Association, and he spend the day going round the camp and chatting both with the young people and staff.

Wayne Bullpitt chatting with some of the youngsters

Wayne Bullpit chatting with some of the youngsters.

Apart from spending the morning talking with our Internet provider and exchanging messages to try and find the solution, I did spend the afternoon out and about collect pictures from activities.

KABoom - a chemistry experiment Re-stocking the Cafe Ready for the off on a mountain bike run
        KABoom - a chemistry experiment                   Re-stocking the cafe     Ready for the off on a mountain bike run

As well as the usual activities, of which some have featured before, I came across the River Rescue team and went with them to get some pictures of the activities on the River Tilt. Here they teach the youngsters how to throw a rescue line to someone in trouble on the water, as well as having some fun on the river at the same time.

Practicing the technique of throwing the line Crossing the river on a safety line A river leap
Throwing the line on dry land crossing a river on a safety line A river leap - see the gallery for the sequence

Tonight’s entertainment is ‘busking in the Kastle’. An opportunity for the youngsters to show off their musical skills – and there is plenty of talent out there in the field.

The buskers early on in the evening

The buskers, early on in the evening

Tomorrow is the Visitors Day and the Country Fair and in the evening the first of the two main campfires, so there is no activity for the scouts, nor on Sunday which sees the Scout’s Own in the morning up at Blair Castle, followed by an afternoon of International Games and in the evening a toga party in the Kastle


Saturday 23rd July

This morning is quite pleasant, although it is overcast. No rain is forecast, but that could change- hopefully not as it is Visitors Day.

This morning I had a walk around Murray subcamp at breakfast time and got some pictures not as many as I would have liked due to time constraints, but there are still 5 days when they will be in full uniform, so I will call back in.

First light the fire then cook the food and then eat your breakfast


This morning the Cubs and Scouts from the Satellite Camp came across to the main field and had the opportunity to see what the camp site was like – an appetizer for when they are old enough to come to the Jamborette. They also had the opportunity to take part in some of the activities.

One on a unicycle One on two wheels And one on four wheels


1.15pm the gates of the site were flung wide open and the crowds poured in, a great attendance. An opportunity for them to catch up with sons, daughters and friends on camp. And of course all the attractions of the Fair.

The gates open and the visitors flood in A view of the Country Fair The Country Fair
The Country Fair The Country Fair Entertainment at the Country Fair
The Country Fair The Country Fair Gibraltar involves the audience in their act at the Country Fair


After the Fair, many of those on site were taken off-camp for a meal and a shower in the hotel that their parents were staying in, but they had to be back on site by a certain time.

Later in the evening, the first of two Jamborette Campfires. And what a success it was.

The campfire is lit This youngsters is going to be a great campfire leader A very energetic turn
Even the camp chiefs join in the fun  Lots of talent in the 'Field of Dreams'  Camp Fire



Sunday 24th July


A damp and overcast morning. Today is a late rise for everyone and a late Flag Break, followed by the Scout’s Own up at Blair Castle itself. It is quite a spectacular parade up the avenue to the Castle, lead by the Hawick Scout Pipe Band and all the national flags.

Parading to the Castle The camp assembled at the Castle Sandy Black starts the Scouts Own
The final 'Imagine' Scene And then back to the camp site The core team behind the Jamborette


Just after the return to the ’Field of Dreams’, there was a shower of rain.

After lunch the six main subcamps had a chill out afternoon whilst the staff on camp prepard a barbeque for them in the subcamps. Unfortunately it was this point that the heavy became heavier and it looks as if we are going to have showers all evening, some of them heavy.. Whilst the 6 main subcamps 'chilled' the Satellite subcamp played a range of international games.

Tossing the caber International games International Games


In the evening, the BBQ followed by the toga disco.

Cooking the BBQ Cooking the BBQ Serving the BBQ
Toga Party The Toga Party The Toga Party

Monday 25th July

A nice morning this morning, but it has been raining overnight – things are somewhat muddy again. Forecast for today, occasional showers. And some of these showers were quite heavy.

Activities start again this morning and the Satellite Camp packs up and goes home after their long weekend with us.

But first an visit to MacDonald subcamp to see how they are doing.

Well breakfast is on the way Then Inspection Then the leaders had the team photo taken

Today’s pictures include a number from the Atholl Experience, all will be explained when you see the pictures and a number of other activities which have not featured previously

Atholl Experience - the start Atholl Experience - Blowing bubbles Atholl Experience - the end
 Atholl Experience - the beginning  The Atholl Experience  Atholl Experience - the end
Archery Wheels - Mountain Boards Wheels - Carts
Archery Mountain Boards Carts
Pinewood Derby Rocket launcher Jacob's Ladder
Pinewood Derby Rocket Launcher Jacobs Ladder

This evening is the PL's International Supper,as guests of the Camp Chief and the rest are having a 'Chill' night with campfires in their respective subcamps.

PL's Supper PL's Supper PL's Supper

Tuesday 26th July

Another reasonable morning here at Blair Atholl. It is around the 13C (55F), with little change in this throughout the day. A light drizzle predicted for the afternoon and evening.

The drizzle turned out to be rather heavy at times, but when it was absent, it was pleasant outside and quite a few bases actually moved outside to run their programme.

A quick run into Pitlochry on the way to Loch Tummel, to see if I could see any of our scouts on their half-day visit to the town proved difficult, but I did find a few. Apparently they promptly headed for the shops and cafes – honestly, we do feed them.

A walk around the town of Pitlochry      A walk around Pitlochry

Then on to Loch Tummel to see the water activities where the group were having a great time in the canoes and kayaks. A great day for it. A few showers but that did not concern them.

Spotted by the eagle eyed scouts  Having fun on the water  Passing by   A leisurely time on the water

In the afternoon I went hunting for the Rookie Rangers and found them at a variety of locations along the River Tilt. They were helping the Estate Rangers repair paths and some of the steps that take visitors down to the river side.

Repair paths      Repair stairs down to the River Tilt

I also came across a group on a nature walk, learning about the wildlife and plants around the Estate.

The nature walk

This evening is an "Open Mic" evening in the Kastle, a talent show for the scouts, and there is a lot of it out there in the camp.


Wednesday 27th July

A bright but cloudy morning, with the possibility of showers.

Flags at half mast

Today, all the flags on site are flown at half mast in respect for the Kent Scout who passed away whilst attending an international camp in Finland. Our thoughts and prayers are with the boys family and friends during this difficult and challenging time. 

This is the last day of activities at the Jamborette as tomorrow the task of breaking camp starts before the Scouts depart for home / Home Hospitality on Friday. A few more activities not visited previously were covered today such as Ready Steady Cook and the Great Balir Bake Off.

The ingredients for the meal     And the outcome

Ready Steady Cook

The Great Blair Bake off - fairy cakes      Chocolate Biscuits

The Great Blair Bake OFf

Martial Arts      The cycle stamina test

Martial Arts and the Cycle Stamina Test

This evening was the Burns Supper, one in each subcamp and one in the staff mess.

Burns Supper on the subcamps Burns Supper on the subcamps The Staff Burns Supper
          Addressing the Haggis on subcamo                Burns Supper on subcamp                  The Staff Burns Supper

And the final Keilidh of the Camp

The final Keilidh The final Keilidh The final Keilidh

Thursday 28th July

A bright but cloudy morning, with the possibility of showers. In actual fact we had no showers and it was actually quite warm at times during the day.

This is the final full day of the Jamborette and today there is no formal parade – the youngsters appear in all sorts of different ‘costumes’,  if that is the correct word. They sometimes swap uniform with the guest patrol, some wrap themselves in cling film (or are wrapped in it in some cases). Nearly anything goes. You will see a lot in sleeping bags on the grass. All good clean fun.

Final morning parade Final morning parade Final morning Parade


After Flag Break, the camp staff ready themselves for Atholl Antics, a competition between the subcamps for points. There were over 40 bases on site from a simple tug-of-war to some challenge tasks. The subcamps are divided into teams and randomly the compete with another subcamp, work their way around the course, in the hope of winning each of their challenges for their sub-camp.

Atholl Antics Atholl Antics Atholl Antics


Then it is time for lunch and then the sad job of dismantling the campsite and by this evening all that will be left are the marques and the sleeping tents for the patrols. All the pioneering table timbers, the gateways are brought down and the timbers stored away for use in 2018. Staff members are also stripping out the marquees, the café, Post Office, Scout Shop, all gone. The stage is dismantled. The Kastle is now a bare shell. A lot of the smaller marquees are down as well.

So many new friends have been made over the last 11 days, tonight’s camp fire will be emotional for many.  

Campfire Campfire Campfire
Campfire Campfire Campfire

Friday 29th July 


A bright Morning, with some cloud, but the great news was that it was dry and at times quite warm, which was good for drying the tents which would be taken down this morning.

Some contingents left early this morning to travel to Edinburgh to catch their flight home, but in the main the rest were heading home, the overseas scouts heading for some home hospitality. As an example, my own Region contingent have American, Canadian, Irish, Norwegian and Hong Kong Scouts as guests.

The field empties

Remarkable quickly the ‘Field of Dreams’ emptied of Scouts and by 2 p.m. there were only staff left to strike the rest of the tentage, remove all the services that had been laid into the site.

coach packed While others wait patiently Blair Atholl station is overflowing


The scouts left by car, minibuses, coaches and train. Blair Atholl Railway station was a sight at 2 pm as scouts waited for the train. A conversation overhead went along the lines:

“Hope you are not looking for a quiet journey!”

The response was “not particularly, I’m more concerned as to whether I will find a seat”.

And that may well have been a true statement. It took eight minutes to cram all the scouts onto the train – I think it was running slightly behind schedule after that.

And that is the end of the 35th Blair Atholl Jamborette. The Staff are here until tomorrow afternoon. dismantling the various aspects of the site before they can make their way home.


Below are the details of which Scottish and International Scouts are in the respective sub-camps for 2016

Macdonald MacLean Morrison Murray Robertson Stewart

MacDonald Subcamp

 The MacDonald Gateway   MacDonald subcamp placard at the main gate

MacDonald Subcamp Gateway

The MacDonald subcamp Leader & Assistant Leaders

The MacDonald Sub-Camp comprises of 15 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by George.

The Scottish Patrols and their guest are :-

  • Clyde Region 4 - Iceland, Kopar
  • Clyde Region 6 - Canada, Chinook International Alberta
  • East Region 6 - Ireland, Meath Dunshaughlin
  • East Region 11 - The Ntherlands, HJvB
  • East Region 17 - Japan
  • Forth Region 6 - Spain, Los Olivos
  • Forth Region 11 - Connecticut
  • Highlands & Islands 3 - Sweden, Solna
  • North East Region 1 - Gibraltar
  • North East Region 6 - USA, Central Florida
  • North East Region 15 - Canada, Crowchild
  • South East Region 2 - USA, Massachusetts
  • South East Region 8 - Canada, Toronto
  • West Region 1 - Finland, Afararna
  • West Region 4 - Ireland Trim
 MacDonald Subcamp Leader & Assistant leaders  


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MacLean Subcamp

The MacLean Gateway   The MacLean Placard at the main gate

MacLean Subcamp Gateway

The MacLean subcamp Leader & Assistant Leaders

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

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-

  • Clyde Region 7 - Norway, Kvernaland
  • Clyde Region 10 - Usa, Connwctiut - Jack Berry
  • East Region 7 - The Netherlands, RKG
  • East Region 12 - Ireland, Trim
  • East Region 18 - Sweden, Malung
  • Forth Region 7 - Spain, Los Olivos
  • Forth Region 12 - USA, Longhouse
  • Highlands & Islands 4 - Finland, Araarna
  • North East Region 7 - Canada, Chinook International Alberta
  • North East Region 10 - Iceland, Kopar
  • North East Region 16 - USA, North Florida
  • South East Region 3 - Canada, Gibson
  • West Region 5 - Ireland, 7th Meath Dunshaughlin
  • West Region 10 - Hong Kong


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Morrison Subcamp

 The Morrison Gateway   The Morrison placard at the main gate

Morrison Subcamp Gateway

Morrison subcamp Leader & Assistant Leaders

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

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-

  • Clyde Region 2 - Germany
  • Clyde Region 8 - Canada, Chinook International Alberta
  • East Region 2 - Canada Ottawa
  • East Region 8 - Spain, Los Olivos
  • East Region 13 - Ireland, 7th Meath Dunshaughlin
  • Forth Region 2 - Iceland, Kopar
  • Forth Region 8 - Russia
  • Highlands & Islands - Ireland, Trim
  • North East Region 2 - USA, Baden Powell
  • North East Region 11 - Sweden, Solna
  • South East Region 4 - USA, Connecticut
  • South West Region 3 - Gibraltar
  • West Region 6 - USA, North Florida
  • West Region 11 - The Netherlands, HJvB
Morrison Subcamp Leader & Assistant leaders  


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Murray Subcamp

 The Murray Gateway   The Murray placard at the main gate

Murray Subcamp Gateway

The Murray subcamp Leader & Assistant Leaders

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

The Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-

  • Clyde Region 5 - Iceland, Kopar
  • Clyde Region 9 - Ireland, Dublin
  • East Region 3 - USA, Baden Powell
  • East Region 9 - USA, North Florida
  • East Region 14 - The Netherlands HJvB
  • Forth Region 3 - Sweden, Solna
  • Forth Region 9 - Canada, Chinook International Alberta
  • North East Region 3 - Gibraltar
  • North East Region 9 - Spain, Los Olisvos
  • North East Region 12 - Ireland, 7th Meath Dunshaughlin
  • South East Region 5 - USA Illinois
  • South West Region 2 - USA, Connecticut, Jack Berry
  • West Region 7 - Canada, Pacific Explorers
  • West Region 12 - Hong Kong
Murray Subcamp Leader & Assistant leaders  


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Robertson Subcamp

 The Robertson Gateway   The Robertson placard at the main gate

Robertson Subcamp Gateway

Robertson subcamp Leader & Assistant Leaders

The Robertson Sub-Camp comprises of 16 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Colin.

They Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-

  • Clyde Region 3 - Ireland, Dublin
  • East Region 1 - Canada, Pacific Explorers
  • East Region 4 - Finland, Afararna
  • East Region 15 - Canada, Toronto
  • Forth Region 1 - USA, Central Florida
  • Forth Region 4 - Spain, Los Olivos
  • Highlands & Islands 1 - Iceland, Kopar
  • North East Region 4 - USA, Massachusetts
  • North East Region 8 - The Netherlands, HJvB
  • North East Region 13 - USA, Illinois
  • Northern Ireland 1 - USA, Maryland
  • South East Region 6 - USA, Longhorn
  • South East Region 9 - Canada, Cowichan Valley
  • South West Region 1 - Russia
  • West Region 2 - Hong Kong
  • West Region 8 - Gibraltar


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Stewart Subcamp

 The Stewart Gateway   The Stewart placard at the main gate

Stewart Subcamp Gateway

Stewart subcamp Leader & Assistant Leaders

The Stewart Sub-Camp comprises of 16 camp areas each with a Scottish and an International patrol. The subcamp is led by Raff.

They Scottish Patrols and their guests are :-

  • Clyde Region 1- Finland, Afararna
  • East Region 5 - USA, Connecticut - Jack Berry
  • East Region 10 - USA, Longhorn
  • East Region 16 - Japan 2
  • Forth Region 5 - Canada, Crowchild
  • Forth Region 10 - Spain, USA, Maryland
  • Highlands & Islands 2 - Ireland 2, 7th Meath Dunshaughlin
  • North East Region 5 - Ireland, Navans
  • North East Region 14 - Canada, Quamichan
  • South East Region 1 - Spain, Los Olivos
  • South East Region 7 - The Netherlands, RKG
  • South West Region 4 - Norway, Kvernaland
  • West Region 3 - Iceland, Kopar
  • West Region 9 - Russia

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Information on the various Staff Teams will be added during the camp.



The Camp Chief

Andrew Sharkey, Camp ChiefAndrew Sharkey first became involved with the Blair Atholl Jamborette in 1988 and has attended all 14 camps since. This is Sharkey's 3rd Jamborette as Camp Chief, a role he is thoroughly enjoying. This year there are Scouts from an incredible 19 countries and with 1500 Scouts and leaders attending this the 35th Jamborette.  In addition, the Satellite Camp will add another 700 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 70 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 for the Camp

Whilst Sharkey 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.



The Reception Team

A group of leaders that support the Camp by manning varios services including the Reception hall, the Cafe, Post Office and Bank. Everybody in camp will ahve had conatct with these team at some point of time, whether it be lost/found property, going off site or the facilities in the Kastle. They also act as the Control Centre for the radio contacts between the subcamps and the various other teams around the camp site.


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 laid in where necessary.

During the camp, ever thought of who cleans the toilets 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

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 that we have a team of 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.


Quartermaster Store Team

Have you ever thought what goes into provisioning for 1500 people? Not only that, but in a grass field.

Every morning the milk man appears around 6 a.m. and unloads 500 litres of milk. Over the camp some 2500 yogurts are consumed. 160 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. And of course, if you are going off site for the day, or overnight, they prepare a apck of provisions that will go with you.

Behind the store a large refrigerated 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. 


Staff Catering 

How do you fancy feeding over 500 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 two 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 Team

Just 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. They worked into the wee hours of Friday morning finalising HoHo this year


The Activity Team 

A small team of leaders who again worked hard to arrange all the activities for the 1000 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 

Those people that provide all the teas and coffees for members of staff in their 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 day’s 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 facilities across the site, prepare and print Kastle Kurrents every day, handle the media, and we have had some great coverage in the papers and on television, Update the Facebook page and Twitter, take the pictures daily and loading them to the web site and many many others that just work away quietly - Thank You.

A  fact on our website phtographer: No of pictures taken over the duration of the camp - 2759    No of miles walked - 107 miles  and no doubt there are many people who have beaten that over the duration of the camp.