What is a Jamboree?
A Jamboree is a large Scout Camp held every three years at different sites in New Zealand and attended by around 4000 or more Scouts, Leaders and staff.
It runs for about seven days, plus travel to and from the site. In effect, it’s a week-long Scout Camp extended by a couple of days but with an extra trip.
Troops often take advantage of the travel to explore other parts of New Zealand.
The Jamboree is usually rotated around the three different sites, one in the central or northern North Island, one in the lower North Island, and one in the South Island.
Most Scouts will only get one chance to attend a Jamboree as a Scout but may return in three years as a Venturer and serve as a member of the Jamboree Support Team, formally
known as the Venturer Service Team.
Jamboree is one of those experiences where people commented that you had to be there to understand what it was like. People attending the fun programme soon realise it's mostly about friendship and teamwork.
The Jamboree is intended to achieve several aims in SCOUTS. The focus is on Scouts, with Leaders and staff supporting them.
We list some of them below so you can gain a broad understanding of the benefits of attending a Jamboree.
For Scouts, it's a life-changing experience.
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Scout's; self-reliance and self-confidence increase hugely through being away from home for at least seven days or longer.
Scouts learn to look after others by taking turns working as the duty patrol responsible for cooking and cleaning for the rest of their troop at least once during the Jamboree.
The Patrol focus allows more leadership and training opportunities for Patrol Leaders and all Scouts in the Patrol.
Scouts meet many new Scouts and learn to interact with them freely and confidently.
Scouts can meet Scouts from other countries and have the chance to share meals with them, providing opportunities for a greater understanding of different cultures.
Camping together for seven days or longer creates friendships that often last a lifetime.
Scouts learn that working hard at fundraising throughout the year brings rewards in terms of adventurous activities and many new friends gained at the Jamboree.
Leaders make new friends and pick up on various techniques utilised by other
Leaders (informal training), as well as having the pleasure of seeing the Scouts grow in stature and self-confidence day by day.
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