The Range of Activities

The activities which will be available at the 2018 Blair Atholl Jamborette are listed below.

Details of Adventure Activities


CanyoningIf you like adventure you will love canyoning, you will make your way down some of the rivers in the Blair Atholl area by jumping and sliding into the water. 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!!


climbingEven 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.

Cycle Skills

cycle_skillsAre 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!

Gorge Walking

gorge_walkingFed 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!!

Half Day Hike (aka the "ice-cream hike")

half day_hikeA lower level, half day hike around the local area taking in some of the great trails and scenery around Blair Atholl, and finishing at some of the area's iconic natural attractions such as the Falls of Bruar and/or Killiecrankie, plus the opportunity to finish with an ice-cream!

You will require hiking boots/walking shoes, suitable clothing, waterproofs, a water bottle and a small rucsac (plus money for an ice-cream!).

High Ropes

High RopesLike the sound of climbing up, around, over and through things while hanging off a rope?

We Have 6 different exciting high ropes activities for you to try this year from our Jacob's Ladder to our Tyrolean Crossing and everything in between.

Get your harness and helmet on and your friends holding the rope (under the supervision of our instructors of course) and you'll be ready to go!

Inflatable Rafting

RaftingRafting will take place down the road from Target Park at Loch Faskally and will explore an amazing part of Perthshire. During the trip there will be races, challenges and chill time to soak in the surrounding.

Like most water based activities there is a chance for outer boat experiences, so come prepared to leap into action. Just remember the towel for afterwards!!

Kayaking & Bell Boating

Kayaking and Bell BoatingKayaking is a brilliant way to get in touch with your water side!! In single person boats it brings out the competitive side of explorers during races and games to show who has the most skill.

During this you may end up having an outer boat experience, so come prepared to really get to know the water! Bell Boating is the ultimate test of teamwork!!

Exploring hidden parts of Perthshire while working together in one big team. Throughout the course of the session on the loch there will be games and races to increase the team work of the boat crew!!

This is a far more stable way of exploring the local surrounding!!

Mountain Biking

mountain_bikingThey 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!

Mountain Hike

Mountain_hikeA day climbing one (or more) of Scotland's famous Munro's (mountains over 3000 feet) to test your hillwalking and endurance skills, and be rewarded with some fantastic views across the mountains and glens of Scotland. More adventurous hikes will be available for older/experienced Explorer Scouts to really appreciate Scotland’s mountainous environment.

You will require appropriate hiking boots, clothing and waterproofs, along with a water bottle and a small rucsac.

Mountain Skills

blair_atholl_resWant to learn or test your expedition, navigation, hillwalking and mountain rescue skills? Whether you're a novice or have some experience in the hills then this is the activity for you. A day activity combining expedition and hiking, navigation skills, mountain rescue techniques and Tyrolean traverses in the hills and terrain above the campsite.

You will require appropriate hiking boots, clothing, waterproofs, along with a water bottle and a small rucsac. All other required gear will be provided.

Overnight Cycle

overnight_both_cCertainly not for the unadventurous – 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 hammocks under the stars 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.

Overnight Expedition


Want some overnight expedition experience (ideal for the more adventurous and/or Duke of Edinburgh training) – available to older Explorer Scouts wanting to take part in a longer hike into the hills to the north of the camp, camping out in one of the Glens.  For older/more experienced Explorers, there may be the opportunity for some adventurous overnight hikes including an overnight bivvy out in the hills (weather dependent).

Hikers require boots or strong shoes and sleeping bags. Other equipment (tents, stove, food, etc.) will be provided.

(Weather dependent) Overnight hikes start on Wednesday & Thursday in the first week and Sunday & Monday in the second week.

River Rescue

River RescueSafer 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!

Details of Basic Activities

Atholl Experience

atholl-experiencAre you ready for the Experience of your life? Are you ready to make some noise? Are you ready for mud?!

You will climb over or scramble under muddy and watery obstacles; you will run; you will scream and shout; you will laugh; you will shed tears of happiness and joy! You will experience an activity so unique that you will tell your grandchildren about it!

It's time for you to come to the Atholl Experience. Throw yourself in head first, this is your chance to be a Legend.

Once you have completed our ancient quest, you will have overcome all challenges you faced, have the answer to nearly every question posed to you. Join us, there will be mud!

British Army at Blair

British Army at BlairWe are excited to announce that The Scout Association has partnered with The British Army. The British Army are sponsoring the Scout Mechanic badge and are passionate about engaging young people in STEM activities and are champions of 'learning by doing'.

During the 2018 Scouts Jamborette the Army will be attending with several units conducting a number of tasks and activities. This is a great opportunity for the Scouts to meet with and experience a few hours with the British Army. The events and activities will include;

  • The Mechanics badge training
  • Field craft
  • Camouflage and concealment
  • Airsoft rifle range
  • Geocaching
  • Night Vision
  • Virtual reality headset
  • Bomb disposal demo

The activities throughout the week should look like this but may change at any time due to operational commitments.

Bushcraft. (man living WITH nature)

survivalThis is absolutely at the core of worldwide scouting.

Our Bushcraft Zone is set up in an area where you will Learn, Practice and Refresh your bushcraft skills. You can try out new skills like paracord making, woggle making, new cooking ideas, enter our water boiling challenge, tinder making, rope making and lots more.

Can you really build a fire? Have you tried a hammock? Come and give it a go.

No animal preparation. NO GUTS - ALL GLORY!!

Heart Start

Heart StartHave you got 2 hours to learn how to save a life?

Knowing what to do when someone has a cardiac arrest is important. It could be someone you know or a complete stranger, but you can learn how to help make a difference to their chances of survival.

Our quick, fun and very practical course is delivered in partnerships with the British Heart Foundation and will teach you how to recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest, help an unconscious person, perform CPR, help someone choking and respond to serious bleeding.

If you can do CPR you can buy the time needed for professional help to arrive and more than double someones chances of survival. We can teach you first aid for the first time or help you refresh what you already know.

I'm an Explorer, Get me out of here

Im and Explorer - get me out of hereThink you've got what it takes to survive jungle life? Well here's your chance to take on Bush Tucker Trials, Dingo Dollar Challenges and perform against other camp mates in an activity based on the popular TV show. This activity contains fun, mess, bugs and other mind testing challenges in order to gain your camp treats and points. Who will be the overall winner? You decide!

You'll need bravery, courage and a sense of humor to prove you're strong enough not to say those dreaded words "I'm an Explorer, get me out of here".

International Scout Games

scout-gamesOther than sports, what games do Scouts around the world play during weekly meetings, during camps and during free time? Come along and share your favourite whilst learning loads more that you can take back home with you and play in the months ahead. From traditional to modern, from simple to more complicated, but all requiring very little equipment this is a very relaxed activity during which you'll get to know the other participants very well and have great fun.


scout-gamesFrom making things super cold to making them go boom, this is the hands on, fun side of science. You’ll make rockets fly, shatter flowers like they are made of glass and find out what is meant by a “controlled explosion”. No previous science experience or knowledge necessary as we’ll do all the work and you can have all the fun.

KARS (Kastle Amateur Radio Service)

Kastle Amateir Radio at the  KastleHow did we communicate before the mobile phone, social media and email? And how will we communicate when technology breaks?

Come along and try your hand at different types of radio communication and try to talk to people around the world over the airwaves.

This activity will run on Friday 19th and Monday 22nd July only.


LeatherworkCome along and learn how to master the art of leatherwork using techniques that have stood the test of time. In this practical workshop you will learn how to use specialised leatherworking tools to cut, dye, rivet and finish leather. Whether you want to craft something like a rugged outdoor tinder pouch or a fashionable custom wristband, this is the activity for you. Open to everyone with or without experience!

Nature Walk

nature-walkDiscover many of Scotlands natural wonders, from the smallest flowers and insects to the largest trees and mammals native to this country. Enjoy a walk around the tracks and footpaths of the Blair Atholl Estate (uneven surfaces, strong footwear required).

No need to miss a thing as binoculars will be provided, but you might want to bring your camera along too.

Ready, Steady, Cook!

read-steady-cookLike 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!!

Rookie Rangers

walk-wild-sidePublic 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. As a way of thanking you for your hard work, the camp and the ranger service have created a limited edition badge which participants will receive and can be added to your campfire blanket collection!

The Great Blair Bake Off!

The Great Blair Bake OffEnjoy cake?? Well this is the place for you! Come and join us and challenge your skills baking sweet and savoury foods!

Working in teams of 4 you'll be presented with recipies, ingredients and a time limit. When you products are complete, staff will assess and score your skills. You'll then be able to take your baking back to your sub-camp to enjoy!

Come and join us and bake your heart out!


Details of Creative Activities

Beagan Gàidhlig

An introduction to Scottish Gaelic with fun activities, key camp phrases and some traditional songs.

Blair-AKToR - Blair Atholl Kastle Theatricals of Repute

baktorA drama workshop with a difference, Blair-AKToR is fast, fun and fabulous! No experience needed - just bring your own imagination. The stage is set and the show must go on. After all, all the Field's a stage! Whoosh!

Blair’s Got Rhythm

Blair RhythmLooking for something a bit different to Scout camp activities you have done before? Then book yourself onto Blair Atholl's new musical activity.

Sing in a choir or only sing in the shower? Play an instrument or much better at playing the joker? Whichever is you, come along and join in.



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 many different activities, each table with a different theme, some of the crafts are Keyrings, Phone covers, String Art, Mosaic, Fun Neckies, paper craft and many more. 

Or why not come and make something for the disco or to celebrate Christmas on the 25th July with us. We have the materials and if you have the imagination, masterpieces can be created as well as a lot of fun. 


Cultural Zone

Cultural Zone

Come & join us in CULTURAL ZONE which encompasses a range of activity bases from previous Blair Atholl Jamborettes. 

On offer is a real mix of crafts, games and activities with a cultural connection from the countries represented at camp.  Every day & session will be different.

If you have something from your home country that you would like to share during one of the activity sessions then let us know, we are more than happy to make time....

Take the opportunity to come and chill out, socialise, to share and learn.  We look forward to seeing you there!



Go Global

Go Global

Want to change the world?

Take part in our workshops, get informed and find out how you can make a difference!

Think Global, Act Local!


Jewellery Making

Jewellery MakingWant to create a camp souvenir you can wear everyday or handmake a gift for someone special?

Come along and make more than just memories at Jewellery Making.

Try metal forming, surface decoration, sewing, polishing and many more advanced manufacturing techniques suitable for beginners and experienced makers.

Why not jazz up your disco outfits or make a gem of a present for Blair Christmas this summer!


iBuildA 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!

Kastle Kurrents

kastle-kurrentsWe 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.

Lego !

LegoCome over and spend a while with a big pile of bricks and a little direction.

What are we making?

Who knows, could be big, could be small, lots of blocks or as few as possible.

So if digging through a bunch of lego, and building something sounds fun, then drop by.


PhotographyCome and see the world through a new lens. Learn how to use a camera in new and interesting ways.

Radio Blair

Radio BlairEver 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 Jamborette radio show.

And the show will be broadcast in all the subcamps and around Target Park!

Details of Sports Activities


archeryTarget 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.

Bubble football and crate climbing

Bubble FootballTry two great sports in one session with Bubble Football and Crate Climbing! Work as a team to score with a giant football whilst wearing an inflatable zorb. This requires, skill, teamwork and the ability to stay on your feet!

After this test your head for heights in out crate climbing challenge.

Cirque de Blair

Cirque de Blair

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!


fishingSpend 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!


geocachingNavigate 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!


golfWhat better way to take in the beautiful Scottish scenery than to play a round of the greatest sport invented in Scotland?

Challenge yourself to 9 testing holes of Golf in the Perthshire countryside at the Blair Atholl Golf Course. Think of it as Hiking with a purpose!"

Lawn Bowls

Lawn BowlsWant to try a traditional British Sport? This gentle game of skill and tactics is harder than it looks and surprisingly addictive. Do you have what it takes...

Martial Arts

Martial ArtsEver 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!


slip'n'slideYou bring the fun and enthusiasm and we will bring the water park.

Join us on Slip’n’Slide where you will slide through a game of extreme rounders with getting from base to base being the hardest part.

You’ll then throw yourself down the ultimate water slide whilst trying to complete the challenges in order to collect the all-important prizes.

If you enjoy splishing and splashing your way about life, then this one is for you.

No swimming experience necessary but arm bands are encouraged for the fashion factor. Water guns and fairy liquid included.

Team Sports

team-sportsLike Sports? Like Team Sports?

Then we have the activity for you....... Try your hand at a range of sporting activities including Handball, Rounders, Volleyball, Ultimate Frizbee and of course not forgetting Football and Rugby (with our own Blair Atholl twist thrown in).

It's fun for everyone and going to be totally unmissable! So, if you think you are ready, for some FUN sports with a strong team emphasis, try International Team Sports at Blair Atholl.

Ultimate Frisbee / Foot Golf

Ultimate FrisbeeUltimate Frisbee Start your training here for one of the newest recognized sports of the International Olympic Committee and be ready to go for GOLD in future games.


Foot GolfFoot Golf Combining 2 of the most popular sports in the world - Golf & Football. Develop your power and precision on one of Blair Atholl's custom-built 9-hole courses

Details of Treks and Tours


ArchaeologyCome along and join us for a bit of historical detective work. Take part in an archaeology dig and see what historical evidence you can uncover in the Perthshire Countryside. See what clues you can piece together to help form a picture of what life was like in the past.

Blair Castle

blair-castleA 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.

Curling & Castle

Curling & Stirling CastlePlayed by millions across the world, in 60 different countries, Curling has a rich and diverse history including twenty years as a medal event in the winter Olympics. Dating back to the 16th century curling has long been a popular sport in Scotland, Scandinavia and North America. Originally played on frozen Lochs and Ponds it was nicknamed “The roaring game” after the sound of the heavy stones sliding across the ice. Maybe you watched it on TV, maybe you play back home or maybe you are just curious, whatever your motivation, come and try it out!

We will head to Stirling to the Ice Rink and as part of the day you will also have the chance to visit Stirling Castle

Explorer Scout International Trek

explorer-trekA 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.

Pitlochry Visit

pitlocheryAn 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.

White Cockade

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.

2018 White Cockade