Haarlem Jamborette Summer 2019

Please note that we are now totally full and cannot accept any more young people or leaders into the main BSO contingent. However, we will try to accommodate any extra Scouts into other BSO Scout Groups that are attending. Please register and we will do all we can to squeeze you in somewhere!

The Haarlem Jamborette is a large international camp that takes place for 10 days in Holland every 4 years. Young people from our European BSO Groups have been attending the Jamborette for many years but this will be the first BSO Area camp to the Haarlem Jamborette.

This camp gives the us a chance to attend a jamboree outside of the UK, meet up with thousands of international groups and take part in a large range of activities such as sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, sightseeing, climbing towers, zip-lines and tons more! There are also several parties throughout the camp including amazing opening and closing ceremonies. For everyone who attends, it is likely to be the highlight of their childhood!

What is the Haarlem Jamborette?

  • It is a camp for around 3,000 Scouts and Explorers aged 10-17 from anywhere in the world.
  • There are already participants from UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, Malta, Russia, America, Canada, Israel, India & Ghana.
  • Themed: Each year there is a different theme. 2015 was Cartoon your Camp.
  • We will all camp together in our own area of one of four sub-camps.
  • Explorers and Scouts cook for themselves using the food provided daily by the camp food services team and will cater for any dietary requirements we are told about.
  • Lots more information on the Haarlem Jamborette website: http://www.haarlemjamborette.nl/

Where is the Haarlem Jamborette?

When is the Haarlem Jamborette?

  • Arrive afternoon of Saturday 27th July 2019 and return afternoon of Wednesday 7th August 2019 (12 days total)
  • The camp’s opening ceremony is Sunday 28th July and the amazing closing ceremony on Tuesday 6th August
  • There is an extra day at the beginning and end for travel making 12 days in total

Likely Programme

(Based on the 2015 Haarlem Jamborette)

  • Saturday – Arrive campsite late afternoon/early evening – Setup our camp, tents, mess tent.
  • Sunday – Sub-Camp activities getting ready for the Opening Ceremony that evening.
  • Monday – Friday Activities each day on a different zone:
    • Aqua – Boat Trip, Sailing, Canoeing
    • Trail – ‘Proper Scout Activities’ on & around the site. Zip line etc.
    • Sports – Sports Field activities
    • Hikes – Explore some of the local area
    • Arts & Crafts – Building things, Drama or Dance
    • Jambo Tours – A cultural trip to Amsterdam & Theme Park
  • All are examples – actual programme released nearer the time
  • Evenings there are areas to go and relax, take part in small activities along with parties, camp fires etc.
  • Saturday is usually a day off. We will run our own activity or trip out.
  • Sunday – Open day. Locals visit to see what it’s about. We put on something.
  • Monday – Tuesday – More Zone activities.
  • Tuesday – Closing Ceremony & Party
  • Wednesday – Depart in the morning

Who can go

  • Any BSO members aged 10-17 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 Haarlem Jamborette (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.
  • 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).
  • We are very excited to be joining up with our BSO Scout Groups from Brussels and Waterloo
  • The cost of this event should NOT be a barrier to attending Haarlem Jamborette 2019. 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.

Transport Options

1. Independent Travel

  • Parents may drop participants off at the campsite on the afternoon of Saturday 27th July

2. Meet at Amsterdam, Schipol airport

  • Amsterdam, Schipol airport is a major European airport and has direct flights from most major airports around the world
  • Parents will need to pay and book participants on flights arriving at Amsterdam, Schipol airport between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday 27th July 2019
  • Several BSO leaders will be travelling from various UK and European regional airports and will be available to accompany participants for the duration of travel to and from the camp. Details of accompanied flights will be confirmed at a later date once we have a confirmed leadership team and flights have been booked.
  • We will also have several BSO leaders at the airport to meet non-escorted, lone travellers from the airplane and escort them to the campsite which is about 20 minutes away by train (airport transfers included in overall camp cost).
  • The UK has numerous regional airports flying direct to Schipol, Amsterdam airport. Most of these are shown below with approximate return prices (February 2018).


  • The total cost for the event will be £460 per person, including camp fees, airport transfer, all meals, drinks, snacks, activities, camp t-shirt & neckerchief.
  • Does not include: Travel to the campsite, general spending money, souvenirs, snacks & drinks purchased in the evenings & at the parties.
  • Cost should not prevent anyone attending. Should this be an issue, the Area and Districts have a fund which can be applied to for support. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss this in total confidence.

Adult Leaders

We need adult leaders to make this happen but there is a strict maximum 6:1 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.

How do I book a place?

  • We expect this amazing camp to be extremely popular to our members
  • We will offer places on Haarlem Jamborette to everyone who has applied up to the quota. You will then have 7 days to pay the deposit before your place is released
  • Places are limited to a maximum quota of 64 Scouts and Explorers and 10 adult places
  • An immediate £60, non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your place when requested

Young people and adults should register an expression of interest by clicking here.

We will contact you with payment information and register your son/daughter within the BSO Haarlem Jamborette 2019 Contingent.


  • You may pay in full or in quarterly instalments
  • The final balance of payment will be due by April 2019

Other FAQs

  • Do participants need spending money?
    • They will need spending money for any souvenirs, snacks or drinks they wish to purchase around the site and on trips out.
    • We will operate a Camp Bank to look after the bulk of the money so that it doesn’t get lost. They will need to ask to withdraw money from it.
  • Is the site secure?
    • The camp is a secure, fenced site with 24hr security team
  • Are toilets and showers nearby?
    • Each sub-camp has toilet and shower facilities
    • If we’re a long walk from the toilets, we will also have our own separate night toilets for boys and girls
  • Are there any medical facilities?
    • We have several first aid qualified leaders
    • For anything we can’t deal with ourselves, there is a central first aid/medical centre with doctors & nurses on hand 24 hours a day