British Scouting Overseas are very excited to be sending a contingent of Scouts/Explorers to the hugely popular, one-week Chamboree international jamboree during the summer of 2018.
What is Chamboree?
Chamboree is a huge international jamboree, bringing up to 5,000 Scouts and Guides on an amazing week stuffed full of fun, freedom, and adventure. There will be an exciting programme of activities with every day and night packed full and opportunities to make new friendships from around the world.
Last year, more than seventy BSO members enjoyed a brilliant summer camp at Poacher 2017. Chamboree 2018 will be a similar camp to last year. Our young people gave us loads of feedback after the camp, which you can read on our Poacher 2017 feedback page. We recommend you read this as it will give you a good idea what to expect this year.
When is Chamboree?
Chamboree takes place Saturday 28th July to Saturday 4th August 2018
Where is Chamboree?
Chamboree will be at the Cheshire Showground, Tabley Nr Knutsford Cheshire, UK WA16 0JE. The showground is only 15 minutes from Manchester airport and under 2 hours from London by train. Location map/street view of entrance can be viewed here.
How can I get to Chamboree?
Transport to and from the camp can be arranged from Knutsford train station or Manchester airport but it will be parent’s responsibility to get the young person to the train station, airport or to physically drop him/her at the camp site.
Who can come to Chamboree?
Youth members: Any member of BSO aged between 10 and 18 can attend Chamboree 2018 as a participant – that’s those born between 28 July 2000 and 28 July 2008.
There were some misunderstandings last year and we want to make it clear that any BSO young person aged 10-18 on the first day of the event can join us even if their normal adult leader(s) cannot attend. i.e. there is NO NEED for a participant’s leader to attend Chamboree (but they would be very welcome!). Our young members will be looked after by a friendly team of trained and experienced adult Leaders from BSO Scout Groups across the world.
Please note that members of BSO’s World Scout Jamboree 2019 contingent will be registered by their Contingent Leader. Please DO NOT register here.
Adult members (i.e. born before 28 July 2000): We need adult Leaders to assist with the BSO contingent (see “Adult Leaders” heading below). Adults must have a BSO role and full Scouting DBS. Due to safeguarding rules, no other adults will be allowed to stay on the camp (including parents).
Please let us know in plenty of time if UK visit visas are required and we will provide an invitation letter to assist with the application.
How much is Chamboree?
For youth participants, the total price is £250 for the week. This includes all activities, food and camping equipment. A £10 discount will be given to everyone paying in-full by the 19th February 2018.
For adult leaders, staff, and young leaders (no activities) the total price is £80 for the week.
The cost of this event should NOT be a barrier to attending Chamboree 2018. Parents of any young person from BSO who wishes to attend the camp, but have a low-family-income should contact us in complete confidence as we may be able to offer some financial assistance if there is genuine hardship.
How do I book a place?
Registration for this jamboree is now open but places are limited and we expect to fill fairly quickly.
Once registered, we will contact you with payment information and register your son/daughter within the BSO Contingent.
It would be great to send adult Leaders with your own Scouts/Explorers, but it is not necessary as we have a friendly team of trained adults. If you are moving away over the next year, then you will still be able to attend as long as you remain in Scouting in your new location.
We need adult leaders to make this camp happen but there is a strict 8:1 (+2) Scout:Adult ratio for the camp. It may be necessary to prioritise BSO Contingent adult places dependent on number of Scouts and your role in the planning and preparation of the camp. If necessary, we may ask you to consider taking on a Staff Role at Chamboree which will still allow you contact with your members. For more information download available adult staff roles and register @ http://www.chamboree.org.uk/staff/ist-staff/
We hope you’re as excited as us about joining our second BSO-organised annual camp and urge you to advertise this Jamboree amongst your members – young and adult.
If you have any questions about Chamboree 2018, please contact Nathan Prince.