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Jamborette Programme 2016

Date Time Activity / Event Date Time Activity / Event
Monday 18th July 2016 - Scottish Scouts arrive and set up camp. Tuesday 19th July 2016 - Overseas Scouts Arrive
  1900 Scottish Scouts Tour of the Site.   - Opening Ceremony
        - Opening Campfires in Subcamps

Wednesday 20th July 2016 - Daily Activity Programme begins. Thursday 21st July 2016 - Daily Activity Programme
  1700 Reception for Overseas Leaders   -

Evening Activities Programme

  1830 Camp Dinner - staff dine with Patrols
  2000 Kastle Karnival Clown Around -  (sideshows and inflatables in the Kastle
  2000  Opening Party - Jungle Book Disco - Jungle themed evening to celebrate the 100th anniversary of cubs.In the Kastle      

Friday 22nd July 2016 - Daily Activity Programme begins. Saturday 23rd July 2016
GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station
GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station
   1315 Visitors Day
Satellite Camp Opens
Country Fair
  - Evening Activities Programme
RC Mass
Busking at the Kastle - Acoustic Night in the Kastle
  2100   International Campfire


Sunday 24th July 2016 - Late "Rise and Shine" Monday 25th July 2016    
   1030 Flagbreak
   - Daily Activity Programme
  - GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station
  - GM0-BAJ - Amateur Radio Station
Scouts' Own at Blair Castle
  - Evening Activities Programme
International Games in the Subcamps
  2000 Sub Camp Chill out - campfires on sub camps
Barbeque in subcamps
     International PL's Supper
Toga Party in the Kastle

Tuesday 26th July 2016 - Daily Activity Programme Wednesday 27th July 2016 - Last day of Daily Activity Programme
  1900 Evening Activities Programme -    1800 Traditional Burns Supper
  2000 Open Mic International Talent Night in the Kastle   2000 Kastle Keilidh in the Kourtyeard

Thursday 28th July 2016 1100 Atholantics Friday 29th August 2016 - Dispersal of Scouts
  - Subcamps dismantle   - Dismantle of Camp
  2100 Closing Campfire      

The Blair Atholl  Main Evening Events 2016


Tuesday 19th - Opening Ceremony - The Camp Chief's welcome and entrance of the national flags. Followed by Campfires on each sub camp.

Wednesday 20th is the Jungle Book Disco. Be a V.I.P and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cub Scouts.

Thursday 21st - Carnival Clown Around - Roll up, roll up for all the fun of the fair, test your skills and agility on the sideshows and inflatables.

Friday 22nd - Busking at the Kastle - Impromtu sessions around the Kastle, bring your instrument and join in, or come along to listen.

Saturday 23rd - International Campfire - Spectacular occasion when the whole Jamborette comes together to make some noise.

On Sunday 24th - Toga Party in the Kastle - Put on your toga and party on down at the Kastle.

Monday 25th -  Sub Camp Chill-out - A chance to socialise around the campfire.

Tuesday 26th International Open Mic  - A smorgasbord of talent as contingents take to the stage for a truly international evening of entertainment.

Wednesday 27th - Keilidh in the Kourtyard - Traditional Scottish music and dancing where you will not be able to resist joining in. Fun guaranteed.

Thursday 28th - Campfire and Closing Ceremony - Our final big get together to close the camp with a bang.

Something for everyone. 

GM0 BAJ - Blair Atholl Jamborette Amateur Radio Station


Follow in Tim Peake’s Footsteps.  During his stay on the International Space Station (ISS), Tim spoke to lots of young people back on earth using Amateur Radio. You can talk to your friend’s at the Amateur Radio Activity base during BA2016.

The Amateur Radio Station GB0BAJ (Blair Atholl Jamborette) is back again this year (from evening of Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th July), enabling young people to talk to each other using Amateur Radio, there may also be an opportunity to listen and talk to other Amateur radio stations around the UK, Europe and maybe even further afield.

In addition to using Amateur Radio equipment, there will be an opportunity to communicate using light, experimenting with various items of equipment to see the maximum distance that can be used to set up a reliable communications link.

Other activities that are available are using QR codes, Learning Morse code and the Phonetic Alphabet, as well as navigating a short course to crack the code and read a secret message.

If you hold an Amateur Radio license, feel free to come along and make yourself known, if you bring your license, you can a use the equipment that we have, when we are not using it for programmed activities. (most evenings should be free).

Eunice, Bob, Malcolm and Peter, would like to invite all to participate in the above activities and have some fun at the same time. The radio station will be sited at the southern end of the Kastle and there will always be an amateur radio expert there to help you.   Please do come along and find out more about Amateur Radio.

Peter MM1 CIR



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.