What is a Jamboree?

17th July 2020

What is a Jamboree?

A Jamboree is an opportunity and an experience like no other. Most Scouts and Guides get to experience many different forms of nights away experiences but a Jamboree, whether it's a local, national or international Jamboree is the kind of camp that will live with them forever.

A Jamboree brings a whole new dimension to camping for both Scouts and Guides. It is an opportunity to meet new people, build new friendships, learn about cultures and the world around us as well as having tons of fun at the same time! Most of all it is about making memories!

Every Jamboree has elements that follow the same structure as all the other Jamborees, whether its KIJ or the World Jamboree (or any other in between for that matter). However, each and every Jamboree also has those special things that make them stand out from each other and make them unique.

Take the World Jamboree in America during 2019. It ran with the tagline 'Unlock a New World' and encouraged 50,000 Scouts and Guides from all the corners of the globe to go out and meet each other and at the same time, to enjoy experiences they may not have had in their lives so far or were not possible where they came from in the world. This led to global friendships being made, foods from around the world being tasted and cultural differences being observed and accepted. Overall, it created unity on a global scale.

Of course there were all the big-ticket activities and all the adventure that you can shake a stick at plus amazing opening and closing ceremonies but that just helped to facilitate the rest, the more important aspects of the event.

Kent International Jamboree cannot claim to be just a smaller version of the World Jamboree, that would be crazy as WSJ is something truly unique, however, KIJ can offer its own amazingness and uniqueness that makes it just as special but on its own terms.

KIJ is a national Jamboree but with a global focus, hence why we still say KENT INTERNATIONAL JAMBOREE! It offers much of the same as the WSJ in terms of creating friendships and learning about those around us as well as making memories... but all in the beautiful Garden of England, Kent. However, it also offers a more bespoke, individual experience. With the World Jamboree having over 50,000 people in attendance it is hard to make it personal. Being on a national Jamboree scale we can make sure you get to see and experience the whole of the Jamboree and won't miss out on anything. Then we go and make it into a truly awesome INTERNATIONAL JAMBOREE due to our inclusion of our friends from around the globe, in 2017 we welcomed 28 different nations contingents to the site at Detling and expect even more in 2020! This is why we are Kent INTERNATIONAL Jamboree and not Kent National Jamboree! That is what makes KIJ really special; you and every other member of Scouting and Guiding from around the world that will join us on-site for a summer of fun in 2022 makes KIJ what it is!

You don't want to miss out on that do you?!

No plans for your Scouts and Guides in the summer of 2022 as yet? Why not make plans with Kent International Jamboree! Register your interest today to be kept in the loop and bookings open in September 2020.

Author: KIJ


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