Very recently, the Jamboree Units have been given an updated estimate of their travel dates:
20/07 – Heathrow to NYC
21/07 – NYC to World Scout Jamboree Site
22/07 – Arrive WSJ
02/08 – WSJ – Washington
05/08 – Washington – Canada (location to be confirmed)
08/08 – Depart Canada
09/08 – Arrive Heathrow
All Units attended Bazzaz, running activity bases where required and chaperoning VIP’s around in the afternoon. There were also several YP on the radio station promoting the Jamboree.
Unit 64 – Sequoia
Recent activities include Night Hikes steam building, patrol led cooking, lots of pressure and changing things at last minute to see how they react.
Unit 65 – Gryffins
Whilst poor weather meant they couldn’t reach Brownsea Island as planned, some hard last minute work meant an alternative destination in Poole was secured back in September. Since then they have also attended FrightEx and Boidier Hurst – including a focus on fitness for the Jamboree
Unit 66 – Stingrays
In September the Stringrays were grateful to the canoe club for running a session for the Unit and were also lucky to receive a visit from Caroline Pearce (UK Contingent Leader) and Joe Quick (2019 WSJ head of programme). Other recent topics have included special needs awareness and mental health awareness.
As you may know there are 31 International Service Team (IST) from Surrey (as well as 1 CST, 1 CMT and the UK Contingent Leader!). The IST are coordinated nationally by the UK Contingent and we have little involvement at a County level. We have encouraged the Surrey IST and Jamboree Units to get to know each other and it’s been great to have the IST helping out at a few training events.
We think it is really important that each lucky person who gets to go to a Jamboree shares their experience with local Scouting and inspires the next generation. We would really encourage you to ask the participants from your Districts to talk or run activities at District, Group and Section events and we’ve already seen some fantastic examples of this all across the County.
North America in a Bag is a collection of resources that can be used with all Sections to spread the Jamboree excitement. This is a great way to get your District’s participants involved with local Sections, the easiest way is simply to ask your local Jamboree participants directly! Otherwise, drop one/all of the Jamboree Units an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The resources are already available here: https://ukcontingent.co.uk/jamboree-2019/north-america-in-a-bag/ You’ll find that many of the programmes don’t need any resources from the physical ‘Bag’ to be run, though they might need a bit of preparation!
Before the summer we launched the Surrey Friends of the Jamboree scheme: this is a fundraiser for the Units, rather than the participants’ individual fees. It aims to raise funds that the Units can put towards equipment, clothing and reducing the cost of training events, and avoid creating an additional fundraising burden for the young people. For a donation of £17.50, Friends will receive a pin-badge, regular newsletters, a postcard from the Jamboree and an invitation to a presentation after the Jamboree. We’ve already raised nearly £1000 for the Units but it would be great to raise many multiples of that!
All the information can be found here: http://surrey-scouts.org.uk/fotj/
The aim of this list is to include all of the main training weekends that the Jamboree participants are expected to attend, along with some other dates we’re aware of in advance. Sometimes special opportunities for some or all of the young people can arise at short notice so, unfortunately, it won’t always be complete.
24/25 November – Sequioa – London monopoly run
7-8 December – All Units Xmas Event
14 December – Stingrays – Social
11-13 January – Sequioa – Training weekend
18-20 January – Gryffins – Training weekend
1-3 February – Stingrays – Training weekend
9-10 March – Sequioa/Gryffins – Training weekend
29-31 March – Stingrays – Training weekend
18-22 April – Sequioa – IoW Revolution
26-27 April – Gryffins – Training Weekend
26-28 May – Sequioa – Surrey County Show
All three Units are sending their (adult leader) communications champion and nominated young people to the national Scouts Speak Up training at Gilwell this weekend. They will cover various skills such as speaking to the press, photography, video and social media.
Unit 64 – Sequoia
Training completed so far includes First Aid, Mental Health, hygiene and lots of cooking! The Unit has been asked to go to supermarkets early in the morning to buy food for breakfast, simulating what the collection situation might be like at the Jamboree. Training at the next camp will include clothes washing.
Unit 65 – Gryffins
In a similar theme, the Gryffins also asked their patrols to purchase food, but in a cruel twist decided to reallocate the purchased food to different patrols! This scenario aimed to get the participants used to dealing with unexpected situations. Forthcoming camps will include pioneering and media/photography skills, before going to Brownsea in September to experience travelling as a Unit by train and also what it is like to be allocated camping equipment on site!
Unit 66 – Stingrays
Both Gryffins and Stingrays suffered from the “beast from the east”, having to move locations, which was another lesson in dealing with unforeseen events! They have covered much of the same training as Sequoia/Gryffins, and have also undertaken some service work at Bentley Copse. A few of the 2015 Japan Jamboree participants from Surrey have visited to talk to the Unit members about their Jamboree experiences.
There are an incredible 31 International Service Team (IST) from Surrey (as well as 1 CST, 1 CMT and the UK Contingent Leader!). A number of the Surrey IST were youth participants at the 2015 Japan Jamboree.
We are keen that the Jamboree Units and IST get to know each other, not least so everyone knows some friendly faces around the Jamboree site and so the IST know where to go for a cup of tea! Two of the IST have stepped forward to act as the ‘point-of-contact’ for the Surrey IST. We expect our Jamboree Units to invite the IST to some of their training events in the lead-up to the Jamboree to get to know them and utilise their support.
Much like the ‘Japan in a Box’ scheme that UK Scouting ran for the last Jamboree, North America in a Bag will be rolled out nationally later this year. The bag contains a number of programme ideas and materials, with the intention that Jamboree participants can take the bag to a section meeting and run activities to spread the Jamboree message.
Similarly to Japan in a Box, we will aim to coordinate this at a County level. We expect different areas of the County to be allocated the Bags for a certain period of time in the lead-up to the Jamboree. Sections/Groups will be able to put in a request for a visit within this time period and we will aim to identify local coordinators to manage the visits.
Once the national scheme is launched we will be in touch with more details on how to request a visit locally.
This week we are launching the Surrey Friends of the Jamboree scheme: this is a fundraiser for the Units, rather than the participants’ individual fees. It aims to raise funds that the Units can put towards equipment, clothing and reducing the cost of training events, and avoid creating an additional fundraising burden for the young people. For a donation of £17.50, Friends will receive a pin-badge, regular newsletters, a post card from the Jamboree and an invitation to a presentation after the Jamboree. Immediately following this email I will copy you the publicity email and flier so you are the first to see it. The Jamboree Units would be very grateful if you would help them publicise this important fundraiser for them locally.
All Units held their first training weekends, in different locations, on 27-28 January with a near 100% attendance! Various members of the International Team managed to visit all 3 camps and it was clear all of the young people were having a great time and were incredibly excited to be starting their journey. From Unit 64’s dancing, Unit 65’s ‘video diary room’ to Unit 66’s North American themed decorations all of the Unit leaders had put in a lot of work to make these important first weekends a success. The County Commissioner also visited all 3 camps to welcome the Surrey participants, and the County Media team were also in attendance and have already started to produce some excellent content.
The young people in each Unit selected their choice of Unit name. Subject to final confirmation, it looks likely each Unit will be known as:
64 – Surrey Sequoia
65 – Surrey Griffins
66 – Surrey Stingrays
The links above go to the Facebook page for each Unit, if you are on Facebook and wanted to see some photos!
As in previous years, the Scout Association will be using an Inclusion Fund to support young people and adults who are in significant financial hardship with the costs of the Jamboree fee.
The Jamboree Unit leaders are responsible for making these applications on behalf of any eligible young people in their Units. They will be communicating directly with their unit members and parents in a couple of weeks, with applications being open in March and April. I will email you with more information at the same time, as I would also encourage you to engage with any participants in your District who are potentially eligible to ensure they don’t not miss their chance to apply.
The first stage of the International Service Team selection process took place last year and we are delighted to report that a large number of leaders from Surrey have been invited to the second stage: a selection weekend in the Spring. It’s really pleasing to see that over 10 of Surrey’s youth participants to the 2015 Jamboree in Japan have reached this stage.
We plan to launch this successful fundraising scheme in the next few months, where friends and family of the Jamboree participants make a donation to become a ‘Friend’ of the Jamboree and receive some benefits in return.