Blair Atholl Patrol Jamborette15-26 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.
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.
Contingents can express an interest in joining the camp by filling in the form here….. http://bit.ly/BA2024International. Unfortunately we are often over subscribed and can’t always offer places to everyone that we’d love to have join us in Perthshire. We’ll review the applications on 12th December and share the news with applicants.
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
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
The camp newspaper is published daily and many of the articles are written by the Scouts as part of their activities.
Day Time Activity Programme
The activities below were on offer at the 2022 Blair Atholl Jamborette and give a taste of what’s to come in 2024
- Cycle Skills
- Gorge Walking
- Half-day hike
- Mountain biking
- Mountain hike
- Mountain skills
- Overnight rescue
- Atholl Experience
- Bushcraft (man living WITH nature)
- Dungeons and Dragons
- Heart Start
- Team Challenge
- International Scout Games
- Nature Walk
- Ready Steady Cook
- Rookie Rangers
- The Great Blair Bake Off
- A Taste of Scotland
- Blair-AKToR – Blair Atholl Kastle Theatricals of Repute
- Culture Zone
- Design and Create
- Go Global
- Kastle Kurrents
- Radio Blair
- Bubble football and crate climbing
- Cirque de Blair
- Lawn Bowls
- Martial Arts
- Team Sports
- Treasure Hunt
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
2022 Evening Activities were officially excellent!! Explores can bring as much or as little fancy dress and accessories as you like to the evenings. 2024 event themes will be announced nearer the camp
Neon Night – Be one of the bright movers and shakers at the opening Disco
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.
Pirate Party at the Kastle – Shiver your timbers at this Pirate themed disco. Eye patches, wooden legs and swashbuckling ahoy
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.