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Kent International Jamboree is no different and we want you to be able to make the most of your time with us, so here in our blog we will be posting news updates, tips, tricks and advice for participants, leaders and staff!

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  • What is a Jamboree?

    What is a Jamboree?

    Author: KIJ | Date: 11th July 2020

    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.

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  • KIJ21 Announcement

    KIJ21 Announcement

    Author: KIJ | Date: 29th May 2020

    Due to the ongoing uncertainties regard Coronavirus COVID-19, specifically in the UK and more widely around the world, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Kent International Jamboree. This situation has led us to reschedule Kent International Jamboree to 30th July – 6th August 2022.

    The safety and wellbeing of our participants, leaders, staff, contractors and supporters is our number one priority and given the ongoing concerns about the pandemic, the KIJ management team considered it unwise to hold such an international gathering during 2021. Additionally, the unknown extent of travel requirements for our international participants and concerns attending a large mass gathering just a year after the initial outbreak also influenced our decision. The opportunity to meet and interact with an international community is at the heart of our proposition, and whilst disappointing, we feel it is the right decision to postpone in order to maintain both the quality and unique format of KIJ as a truly International Jamboree experience whilst, delivery fun, adventure and friendship.

    We will be updating social media channels over the coming weeks and will be making some exciting announcements later this year about our run up to KIJ22.

    There will, no doubt, be significant disappointment not having KIJ21 but we hope there will also be understanding in the decision we have taken. We will open our booking system in September and trust with the continued support and commitment of those attending we can keep you positively informed of our plans for an amazing jamboree in 2022.

    Andy Trill, Camp Chief, and the KIJ Team

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Latest blog posts

What is a Jamboree?
11th July 2020

KIJ21 Announcement
29th May 2020