The Range of Activities
The activities which will be available at the 2012 Blair Atholl Jamborette are listed below.
Details of Adventure Activities
18 older Scouts taking part in a 16 mile hike in to the hills to the north of the camp, camping out in one of the Glens. Hikers require boots or strong shoes and sleeping bags. Other equipment will be provided. Hikes start on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Even climbing with the comparative ease and security of the climbing tower will give you an activity to remember. No previous experience is necessary as the activity staff will teach you all you need to know.
A walker has gone missing in the hills around Blair Atholl. You will form part of a fully equipped mountain rescue team, called on to carry out the search for the casualty. Learn basic hill access skills and safety before putting it to the test.
Are you the next Danny Macaskill? or do you just fancy trying your hand at some bike control? Then Cycle skills is the activity for you! Come along and have a go on our see-saws, balance beams, jumps and lots more!!! As well as this you will also gain an understanding of bike maintainence and repair!
This base completed along with the Mountain biking and the Cycle Bothy, will earn you the Explorer Mountain Bike Award!
A hill walk to the top of one of the neighbouring mountains, such as Carn Liath or Ben Vrackie. Scouts should have chosen this activity only if they have hiking clothes and footwear, although the hike organisers may have a few boots and cagoules to lend.
Fed up of being told by your parents "stay away from the river, you'll fall in". This one's for you. Buoyancy aid on, helmet on, now get IN the water! Scramble up the gorge on the Banvie Burn. You will get wet, but it's massive fun. Come dressed as you would for going swimming shoes / boots with ankle protection must be worn. If you wear glasses then it is advisable to tie them on!!
For those who find the gorge walk too tame this will push the limits a bit. Swimming through rapids, rock scrambling or cliff jumps. The scenery can only be described as awesome and the experience unique. If you are looking for a new challenge - then this tops them all! Our qualified staff will take you quite literally to the edge then it's up to you…. Like the Gorge Walk, you will get wet, (very wet!) but it's massive fun. Wet suits will be provided. Come dressed as you would for going swimming shoes / boots with ankle protection must be worn. If you wear glasses then it is advisable to tie them on!!
They are not called Mountain Bikes for nothing! Off road cycling on the Blair Atholl Estate, seeing the things that other tours miss. Cycles are provided. It is sensible to carry a bottle of drinking water, particularly if the weather is warm. If it is wet you will get muddy!
Certainly not for the unfit – a real biking challenge, but the views can be spectacular. Leaving the campsite at 7.30pm, cycle up into the hills above Blair Atholl, stay overnight in a bothy and return home (downhill!) for 10.00 am. Scouts selected for this event will not have a morning activity the day they return to camp.
Safer Crossing & Self Rescue are the main areas of focus here. You’ll learn the basics of how to interact with the river in a more controlled manner, helping you keep your cool should you ever find yourself in such a situation. Of course that means we need to put you in that situation!
Fully kitted up with wetsuit, buoyancy aids & helmet you’ll be taught basic defensive swimming before being shot through a rapid or two. Blasting through the White Water, you’ll discover buoyancy aids ain’t so buoyant in bubbles! We’ll finish up by teaching some safer jumping techniques at “The Rock” Come in your swimming gear with a pair of old trainers or boots that will get wet!
A days exploration of Loch Tummel by dinghy, single kayak, bell boats, canoe and maybe learn to sail at the same time - depending on the wind. You must be able to swim 50 metres in shorts, shirt and trainers for this activity.
Details of Basic Activities
Public access to the Atholl Estates is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. Assist the Blair Atholl Estate Ranger Service, enhance the access and enjoyment of these visitors by making bird and bat boxes or knocking into shape a local path by the river. Work on improvements to a designated 'site of special scientific interest'(SSSI) and at the same time learn from the local expert Rangers. Top of list of activities
Really, are you prepared for the unexpected? 12 days in camp you might have to be. Come along and enact realistic emergency scenarios, and learn the correct First Aid techniques to cope with these "dangerous" situations. Exciting, fun and plenty of acting opportunities! (please note ~ no Scout was harmed taking this photograph however do not try this at home!)
Come with us on a journey through mud and water, to the world of the Mighty Blair, expand your knowledge with shamans who will delight in sharing with you the ultimate powers of mud, water, hair styling products, and fashion. On your journey you will see wonders never before seen or understood in the world of man or monkey. Enter the world of the mighty blair for some wet and wild fun that you probably won't understand because we know we don't.
If your only experience of backwoods cooking is stuffed apples, potatoes or bananas wrapped in foil then this activity is a must for you. Try Cordon Bleu cooking - without utensils. Chicken, fish, you can even have a go at boiled rice!
Come and make your own lotions, potions, herbal tonics and elixirs at Blair Roots. Go foraging around Target Park finding edible plants and herbs that you will transform into delicious and healthy drink’s. Dandelion and nettle smoothie, anyone?
You will also have the opportunity to make your own aromatherapy treats such as lip balms, antiseptic balms or insect repellent. Learn the basics of aromatherapy massage and try it out on your friends. After this session you will be invigorated and yet chilled out, the perfect follow up to any extreme activity!
This is absolutely at the core of worldwide scouting.
You will be taken to a wilderness area where you will Learn / Practice / Refresh your bushcraft skills. Have you ever tried water divining, set up a hammock, made natural firelighters? Come and give it a go.
No animal preparation. NO GUTS - ALL GLORY!!
Old Scottish skills in a new setting. The Bodgers Lathe (The "Bodger" is an old word applied to a woodworker who turns wooden parts on a portable lathe powered by a treadle and a springy sapling), Leatherwork and Rope Making.
For the older Scouts, an opportunity to really face up to nature. Scavenge for wood for your campfire, clean and cook your own food, then build your own bivouac and camp out under the stars. Can you survive 24 hours in the wild?
"Kubb"/Viking game or King game - A game for 2 teams of up to 4 players - knock down the opponents' blocks and then go for the king.
"Pind"/the game of stick - A mix between rounders and cricket - all you need is 4 sticks Bowling alley with a differance - a skill game where you bowl down a wooden v ramp for points much harder than you think and possibly more games
Enjoy a walk around the Blair Estates discovering the wonders of nature and Scottish wildlife, from the majestic Red Deer to the malevolent midge! No need to miss a thing as binoculars will be provided, but you might want to bring your camera along too.
Like eating? Enjoy a challenge? Here is one where you get the best of both worlds. Working in 4 teams of around 6, each group will get a bag of mixed ingredients. The challenge is to use these in combination, along with a well stocked larder, to produce a two-course meal that is both tasty and imaginative (although edible would be a good start)! One of the staff will taste all of the meals and decide the winning team, then you get to eat the food you have prepared. The time is limited, the ingredients are limited, the cooking facilities are limited, the only thing without limits is your imagination! Get your aprons on!!
Come along and build structures and projects that can only be limited by your own imagination.
Build swing boats, or carousels and have fun using them.
Build ballista, catapults & trebuchet, and launch an attack on your rival sub camp, or your rival team. Water balloon ammunition included.
Build a tower or a swing bridge, your choice, your design.
Can you work with others as a team? Hopefully with those you know well, like the rest of your patrol, but how would you get on working with others you don't know. Well you can find out because you'll have to co-operate with other people to succeed here. This activity involves several games and challenges that will have you thinking, but will you be thinking "as a team"? Come along and face the challenge!
Details of Creative Activities
Bigger is always better when you want to make an impression. Feeling rather arty? Come along and splatter, smear and smudge paint on our giant creations, decorate an eyecatching window in our glass house or take on your friends in the chaotic enclosure. Art Attack - this could get messy!
You will need old clothes
If you think there’s drama in the subcamps, you ain’t seen nothing yet! For a truly theatrical experience, you should come along to Blair-AKToR where you’ll have the chance to take part in a drama workshop, followed by the creation and presentation of your team’s very own sketch. So let your imagination run free…and be prepared to shine on stage!
Connect into the culture of the Celtic nations. Come and take the opportunity to chill out and socialise whilst having a go at some Scottish crafts. Try glass engraving and painting, thistle making, runic letters, clan celtic crosses and shields or help to complete the Giant Celtic Cross banners for your subcamp. Feeling creative then why not design your own Celtic patterns on a glass, sun-catcher, shirt or Camp Blanket (bring your own shirt or blanket) to remind you of Blair 2012.
Tune into your creative side and come to crafts, no physical effort required come and take the opportunity to sit and socialise whilst being creative.
On offer are 7 different activities each section with a different theme, some of the crafts are candle making, designer note pads, friendship bracelets even an edible campsite. We have the materials and if you have the imagination, masterpieces can be created as well as a lot of fun.
A real mix of ideas here. Try your hand at some of the crafts, games and activities from the countries represented at camp. Every day is different, will it be Chinese ink painting, decorative knotting & ropework, Native Canadian Indian culture, American knecker slides or many more.
The world's population is in constantly moving. Many people are forced to leave their homes and make distressing and dangerous journeys due to war, prejudice, political opinion and natural disasters. On arrival they are often treated with suspicion and opposition. How does it feel to be uprooted from your home, to cross-dangerous borders and convince the authorities of your status? Come along to our interactive workshop where we will take you through a refugee experience, exploring the issues along the way. Thought provoking, challenging and fun - see if your group can overcome the dangers and find a safe new home?
A perfect activity for all abilities; whether you’re a budding carpenter or electrician, or you’ve never held a hammer or pair of pliers in your life. This activity is a double session of woodwork and electronics, where you will design and build a functioning portable speaker to take away! It will work with any device with a headphone socket such as iPod, iPhone, MP3 player, mobile phone, radio, CD player or handheld games!
We produce a daily Kamp newspaper called Kastle Kurrents. We are looking for young, enthusiastic people to take on the roles of reporter, photojournalist, copier, agony aunt, silly survey asker and delivery person. If you are interested in any of these activities then there is bound to be a job to suit you on our team. Readers of our daily publication are always eager to find out what has been happening around the Kamp, and each issue gets uploaded to our web site so everyone at home can also catch up with the news.
Ever wanted to know how a radio show is put together? Then join the Radio Blair team!
From producing features for broadcast, to helping select the music playlist, from presenting news segments, to creating and editing ads and jingles; you could be involved in producing our new Jamborette radio show.
And the show will be broadcast in all the subcamps and around Target Park!
Details of Sports Activities
Fancy snowboarding, but don't like the cold? Like skateboarding but concrete hurts? Surfing, in the Scottish waters, madness! Well mountainboarding could be your sport, as it takes elements from them all and mixes it with a bit of downhill mountainbiking for good measure. While a skateboard is restricted to smooth surfaces, a snowboard to snow (or artificial slopes), a surfboard to water, mountainboards can go anywhere, smooth streets, grassy hills, dirt tracks, mountainbike trails pretty much wherever you can think of.
Target archery is the most commonly practiced form of archery and one you will possibly be familiar with. The archers shoot from a line a distance from the target faces scoring from the centre 10 to the outer ring 1. Each team will have practise arrows and then compete against one another for small prizes, highest score per team and closest to the bull (centre). Fun elements will also be introduced e.g. balloons on the target faces.
Ever been told you're a bit of a clown? Well you'll fit right in here! Come along and learn some new skills and put on a show in our very own big top. Try your hand at Poi spinning, Staff spinning, Juggling, Diablo and much more!
Take the swashbuckling epics of Capitan Jack Sparrow, add some rules, protective clothing, and you have fencing at the Blair Atholl Jamborette. Two rivals stand opposite each other and feint, lunge, parry and riposte until one scores the required number of hits to win.
Learn how to defend yourself, and hit your opponent with the Foil, a light stabbing weapon. Don't worry though, it doesn't hurt that much!
Spend a half-day in peace and quiet, fishing at a remote pond in the hills above Blair Atholl. We have stocked the pond with over 100 trout so together with the ones left over from previous camps, there is a good chance of you catching your own supper!
Navigate the historic surroundings of Blair Castle with the most modern handheld GPS technology! Solve the clues and complete the challenges to be the first team to find the hidden treasure - those who do will not be disappointed!
Ever wanted to be like Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris? Maybe you just want to feel a bit safer walking around town at night. Either way, we can teach you some excellent self defence moves to give you that self assurance, from punching and kicking to throwing your opponent to the ground. Come along and learn something new and why you are a force to be reckoned with!
If the only team sport you have ever played is a game of soccer, then you really do need to check out this activity. Try your hand at a range of activities including Sepak takraw (a popular South Asian sport which involves a little bit of volleyball, gymnastics and soccer all rolled into one game), Touch Rugby, Volleyball, Frizbee and of course not forgetting football with a twist of giant football thrown in the mix. So for some fun sports with a strong team emphasis, try International Team Sports at Blair Atholl.
Details of Treks and Tours
A visit, in uniform, to the castle. Scouts will form three or four parties, each of which will be taken round the Castle by guides from the Jamborette staff. Scouts get free entry to the castle to see the amazing collections of weapons and deer antlers, as well as the other fascinating attractions of this 13th Century Castle and ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl.
A popular activity at recent Blair Atholl Jamborettes, for those aged 16 and 17. 24 hours of fun and adventurous activities around the Atholl Estate with a BBQ and camp away from the main site. This activity counts for two allocations towards the White Cockade, and in addition, all those who complete the Trek will earn the special Blair Atholl Explorer Scout Trek badge as a reminder of their experience. Trek leaves the site early in the afternoon on Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, returning the following morning. Assembly details will be confirmed by Uncles.
An opportunity to sightsee and shop in this delightful Victorian town and popular holiday resort, which nestles in the Perthshire Highlands. Whether you are looking for that essential present or memento to take home with you, or you want to sample the delights of that great Scottish delicacy Fish n Chips and a can of Irn Bru - you will enjoy your trip. Assemble at the main gate, in uniform, for your bus to Pitlochry.
In this Blair Atholl variation of the world famous workout programme, let our super fit Trek team take you through your very own fitness regime. Your personal trainers will help you work those 'thumbs' on our Playstation PS2 multiplayer music and general knowledge quizzes, then exercise those 'tummy' muscles digesting your very own camp pizza, and finally climb 'high' up a mountain........ of milk bottle crates. Personally endorsed by our Camp doctor, this activity is fun for everyone and unlike all the other exercise programmes out there that boast "No pain, No gain", this is just "No pain!!!!!"
The White Cockade was the badge worn by the followers of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-6. The Marquis of Tullibardine, son of the 1st Duke of Atholl, carried the Prince's standard when he landed at Moidart and gathered the clans at Glenfinnan. The White Cockade which was worn by the Marquis, can be seen in a display cabinet in Blair Castle. The Marquis' brother, Lord George Murray, was the General in charge of the Jacobite army.
Scouts can win a Cockade badge by successfully completing 12 Activities (all day activities count as 2) and organise and participate in two social activities in the evenings as approved by the Subcamp Uncle. In choosing their activities, Scouts must select at least one activity from each of the Activity Zones (Adventure, Basics, Creative, Sport and Treks & Tours). After each activity, the scouts get a sticky badge to put into the back few pages of their camp handbook to keep track of their progress.