100 Days till 100 Years

Many members of Go Jamboree have been counting down from 718 days (EuroJam till WSJ) so with this being the last day of a 3 digit countdown the excitement will grow that little bit more than usual.

What is it we’re counting down to?

The 21st World Scout Jamboree is a once in every 4 year opportunity, similar to the Olympics, except that this event is extra special, we are also celebrating the 100 Year anniversary of the first camp at Brownsea Island held by Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell in 1907 with 22 boys. Now a century later there are members in practically every Country and territory across the globe with memberships numbering near 29 million!

The only requisite for attendance is age. To attend WorldJam you need only be 14-17 years of age at time of the event. So its possible that if you have a Birthday on the cusp of the start and finish dates then you might not be able to go as a participant.

Don’t fret, you can go when you are over the age of 18 but you will be part of the Jamboree Organising Team, most likely was one of the ~8000 International Service Team (IST) or if you’re lucky enough as Jamboree Development Team (Leader to many IST).

Still there are other ways, Unit Leaders will have to go look after their participants, and someone has to organise the Units (Contingent Managers) so aslong as you are willing to do a little work there will be something for you to do.

Go Jamboree 1 Year Anniversery

Over a year ago at the European Scout Jamboree there was an epiphany, the EuroJam forum was closing and there were no plans to launch a WSJ one anytime soon. So to bridge the gap a forum for contingents was created hosted on the most obscure of hosts, hidden in the furthest deeps of the interweb, the site grew and moved onto its own pastures.

Since the original conception 365 days have passed and the forum stands tall at 280 members and 12,000 posts. I knew the idea had a lot of potential but I never thought it would result in what we have, a critical mass of multiple social groups interacting and attracting more everyday, a logo with meaning routed in the deepest core of Scout teachings and an ever growing memorabilia collection.

It certainly turned out well but so far the competition has been fleeting, although I have no doubt that when the official WSJ site and forum launches it will be difficult for us to shine a light compared to the prestige that precedes it. What I can tell you is that regardless we will keep expanding the Go Jamboree forum making and keeping it better than anything else out there, the EuroJam was under featured and we kept wanting more from it I feel we’ve shown what we wanted and how it can be done.

And A Joyous New Year To You

North or South? A conundrum, travel north to Birmingham or South (West) to Bristol for a poorly organised house party?

Luckily at the hour of 4pm an alternative presented itself, not as lavish as the two ‘Bs’ but good food, good drink and good company none-the-less. I spent the evening catching up over EuroJam nostalgia, managed to finally watch the EuroJam DVD, I’ve ordered one of the UK Edition DVDs now, can’t wait for that to come through the post.

Almost missed Jools Holland but managed to just flick it on just in time, it gets me gorping every year that he starts of quiet and sober and finishes loud and drunk. I wonder if its possible to film a guy locked in a room with shit loads of booze and have it be as funny? Hopefully one of my fellow students will try it out…