Essex Jamboree - it’s not for the week!
The largest UK event for Scouting and Guiding took place this summer near Chelmsford and Coggeshall Scouts, Guides, Explorers and leaders were heavily involved.
The event that ran from the 18th to the 25th August drew nearly 10,000 youngsters and adults including over 700 from overseas.
Both the Scouts and Guides were camping on Honolulu sub-camp and they would have felt right at home as leaders and assistants from 1st Coggeshall Guides and Rangers provided many of the sub-camp team.
Legend Explorer Scouts joined with members of the other four Explorers units to camp as Braintree District. Dave Willis, assistant leader of Legend was on hand to make sure the Explorers were well fed for the week.
During the day each sub camp had the opportunity to try a range of activities provided by the daytime activity zones. One of the most popular was Survival Zone which was run by Legend Explorer leader Stuart Donnelly supported by Coggeshall Chairman Tim Styles. Among the activities available on Survival was fire-lighting, shelter building, pioneering and tracking. Stuart commented that “it was a bit daunting to see 600 plus youngsters coming to Survival Zone on the first morning but I had a team of over forty to help ensure the youngsters had a great time”.
Lest you think that it was all work and no play for the adults, all of them were seen at some stage during the week in the jamboree pub the Crooked Staff, enjoying a little relaxation.
- Tim Styles