About Blair Atholl 2022
The 38th Scottish International Patrol Jamborette will take place in Blair Atholl from Monday 18th July 2022 until Friday 29th 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 16th July,
Scottish Scouts arrive on Monday 18th July
Overseas Contingents arrive at camp on Tuesday 19th July.
All Scouts depart on Friday 29st July
All Staff leave on Saturday 30th July.
There are a large number of Scottish Staff supporting this event. Scottish Staff applications will open on 1 November. Staff costs are £300 for the two week camp.
The number of overseas adult leaders with each patrol should be limited to the minimum number necessary to supervise travel.
Cost and Selection
The camp itself costs £350 per participant for all the activities, catering, evening entertainment etc
The Jamborette is hugely popular and unfortunately not everyone can attend so selection camps will take place within Scottish regions. More information will come from them soon.
A Satellite camp adjacent to the main camp will welcome Scouts & their leaders from around Scotland to take part in the camp over the weekend of 22nd-25th July.
More details on how to sign your troop up for the Satellite Camp will be available soon.
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 Leaders.
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, Bank, Post Office, 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.
Day Time Activity Programme
The activities which were available at the 2018 Blair Atholl Jamborette are listed below. The range of activities in 2022 is being finalised
- Cycle Skills
- Gorge Walking
- Half-day hike
- High Ropes
- Inflatable Rafting
- Kayaking and Bell Boating
- Mountain biking
- Mountain hike
- Mountain skills
- Overnight cycle
- Overnight expedition
- Overnight rescue
- Atholl Experience
- British Army at Blair
- Bushcraft (man living WITH nature)
- Heart Start
- I’m an Explorer get me out of here
- International Scout Games
- KARS (Kastle Amatur Radio Service)
- Nature Walk
- Ready Steady Cook
- Rookie Rangers
- The Great Blair Bake Off
- Beagan Gaidhlig
- Blair-AKToR – Blair Atholl Kastle Theatricals of Repute
- Blair’s Got Rhythm
- Culture Zone
- Go Global
- Jewellery Making
- Kastle Kurrents
- Lego !
- Radio Blair
- Bubble football and crate climbing
- Cirque de Blair
- Lawn Bowls
- Martial Arts
- Team Sports
- Ultimate Frisbee/Foot Golf
Treks and Tours
Curling and Castle
Explorer Scout International Trek
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 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 sticky badge to put into the back few pages of their camp handbook to keep track of their progress.
Evenings in the Kastle
2022 Evening Activities will be noted nearer the camp. 2018’s diary will give a flavour of what to expect.
Neon Night – Be one of the bright movers and shakers at the opening Disco
Karnival Klown Around – Roll up, roll up for all the fun of the fair, test your skills and agility on the sideshows and inflatables.
Busking at the Kastle – Acoustic sessions around the Kastle, bring your instrument and join in, or come along and listen.
Kartoon Kaoers at the Kastle – Move to the music dressed you your favourite cartoon character,
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.