Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette

15-26 July 2024

About Blair Atholl 2024

The 39th Scottish International Patrol Jamborette will take place in Blair Atholl from Monday 15th July 2024 until Friday 26th July.

500 Scottish Explorer Scouts will camp alongside Scouts from around the world, working as a dual patrol of 12, in one of six subcamps. There is an exciting programme of activities and the opportunity to form lasting international friendships.

Blair Atholl is open to Scouts and Explorers who are 14 – 17 on the first day of the camp.

Dates

Scottish Staff arrive on Saturday 13th July,

Scottish Scouts arrive on Monday 15th July

Overseas Contingents arrive at camp on Tuesday 16th July.

All Scouts depart on Friday 26th July

All Staff leave on Saturday 27th July.

Blair Atholl 2024 badge.

Calling all Pipers & Drummers!

 

A highlight of camp is the parade to Blair Castle for our Sunday reflection behind the Jamborette Pipe Band. All pipers and drummers are encouraged to bring their instruments and prepare as many of the following tunes as possible to participate with the band:

2/4 TERIBUS, CORRIECHOILLIE’S WELCOME, MHAIRI’S WEDDING.

3/4 GREEN HILLS OF TYROL, BATTLE’S O’ER, LOCHANSIDE.

4/4 SCOTLAND THE BRAVE, FLETT FROM FLOTTA, WINGS, ROWANTREE.

6/8 COCK OF THE NORTH, FAREWELL TO THE CREEKS

Slow Airs: HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL, AMAZING GRACE, FLOWER OF SCOTLAND

Main Camp Area

The main camp site at Blair Atholl provides support for the six sub camps. Each sub-camp will have 14 patrols. There is also a Staff sub-camp which includes all of the Scottish and overseas Adult Volunteers.

A view of the camp site with Blair Castle top right corner and the Kastle in the bottom centre. The six sub-camps are visible in the centre of the photograph.

The central gathering point is “The Kastle” which as a series of Marquees which house the Trading Centre of the camp. providing a Tuck Shop, a Scout Shop and a Newspaper office. The camp produces its own daily newspaper called ‘Kastle Kurrents” with pictures from around the site and activities and snippets from the sub-camps. There is also a cafe in the Kastle and provision to gather under canvas should it be raining.

There are also facilities for making telephone calls and an extensive medical support team available at all times should the need arise.

Blair Atholl Subcamp Leaders (2018)

Joint patrols cooking at Blair Atholl

Patrols

A Scottish Patrol consists of up to 6 Scouts, including the Patrol Leader. Patrols are usually a mix of Explorers from different units within a District or Region. As with all Scouting activities, patrols can contain a mix of young people of any gender.

Each International Patrol of up to 6 Scouts will camp with a Scottish Patrol. A Scottish and an overseas patrol operate as one unit. The Scottish Patrol will provide tents and cooking equipment for both patrols. Cooking is done by the combined patrol over wood fires. Dining shelters will be constructed in each patrol site with pioneering timber.

What happened at BA 2022

Campfire Song Book

Kastle Kurrents

The camp newspaper is published daily and many of the articles are written by the Scouts as part of their activities.

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The Thinking Times

A quiet moment of reflection shared daily around the campsite.

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Social Media

See pictures and videos from camp on our Instagram.

We’re live streaming some of the larger Blair events on our Facebook page.

 

Day Time Activity Programme

The activities below are offer at the 2024 Blair Atholl Jamborette

Adventure Activities

  • Canyoning
  • Climbing
  • Cycle Skills
  • Gorge Walking
  • Half-day hike
  • High Ropes
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain hike
  • Mountain skills
  • Overnight cycle
  • River rescue
  • Rafting
  • Watersports

Basic Activities

  • Atholl Experience
  • Bushcraft (man living WITH nature)
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Team Challenge
  • International Scout Games
  • KABoom!
  • Nature Walk
  • Ready Steady Cook
  • The Great Blair Bake Off

Creative Activities

  • Animation
  • Blair-AKToR – Blair Atholl Kastle Theatricals of Repute
  • Craft
  • Creative Art
  • Culture Zone
  • Go Global
  • iBuild
  • Kastle Kurrents
  • Music Workshop
  • Photography
  • Radio Blair
  • Tartan Tent

Sports Activities

  • Archery
  • Bubble football and crate climbing
  • Cirque de Blair
  • Cheerleading
  • Fishing
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Team Sports
  • Treasure Hunt

Treks and Tours

  • Blair Castle
  • Explorer Scout International Trek
  • Pitlochry Visit

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 earn 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 Leader. 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 sticker to collect to keep track of their progress.

Evenings in the Kastle

Explorers can  bring as much or as little fancy dress and accessories as you like to the evenings. 2024 event themes are Beach Barbie & Ken, and Jungle discos.

 Opening Disco – It’s pink all the way at the Beach Barbie and Ken party!

Camp Chief’s Challenge – Team building with a difference

Busking at the Kastle – Acoustic sessions around the Kastle, bring your instrument and join in, or come along and listen.

Party at the Kastle – Jungle Themed

International Open Mic – An array of talent as contingents take to the stage for a truly international evening of entertainment.

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