Cork Scouts: JamboRi Irish Scout Jamboree

Cork Scouts: JamboRi Irish Scout Jamboree
SLIPPERY SLIDE - Just one of the many fun activities that scouts can expect at JamboRi in Stradbally at the end of July. Pic: D.P.Barry

The Irish Scout Jamboree which will have 5,000 participants is getting closer and closer.

From July 25 to August 2, over 5,000 Scouts and Venture Scouts from Ireland and overseas will take over the Electric Picnic site at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois. 

The JamboRí programme slogan is Rí-Create – Rí- Imagine and – Rí-Discover. These ideas will help shape an adventure-filled camp of fun, friendship, and challenge, for hundreds of patrols and crews.

BEAVER QUIZ - Beaver Scouts from Macroom and Togher who formed a team for the Lee Valley County Quiz last weekend at Ballincollig GAA Hall. Pic: Barry Crowley
BEAVER QUIZ - Beaver Scouts from Macroom and Togher who formed a team for the Lee Valley County Quiz last weekend at Ballincollig GAA Hall. Pic: Barry Crowley

The theme is designed to encourage imagination and innovation for all youth members to develop their skills, help in the community, and go on amazing journeys of discovery. 

The Summer camp as has been said many times before is the highlight of the scouting year. In order to help all patrols and crews prepare for the JamboRí and get the most of the experience, the programme team are providing resources to help each patrol to make contact with other groups, and to get a taste of the programme zones. 

The lead programme coordinator Una O’Grady said that she hopes the JamboRí programme will inspire all scouts throughout the country to lead an active programme in preparation for this national camp.

For the Scouts, Rí-create, Rí- imagine and Rí-discover will focus on patrols working together to complete teamwork and skills challenges, and make new friends during the camp. 

There will be six programme zones. Each subcamp will visit each programme zone for a day during the JamboRí. 

LEE VALLEY BEAVER SCOUT QUIZ - Beaver Scouts from Macroom and Cloghroe proudly show off their plaques at the Lee Valley Beaver Scout Quiz held at the Ballincollig GAA Hall. Pic: Barry Crowley
LEE VALLEY BEAVER SCOUT QUIZ - Beaver Scouts from Macroom and Cloghroe proudly show off their plaques at the Lee Valley Beaver Scout Quiz held at the Ballincollig GAA Hall. Pic: Barry Crowley

These zones will be inspired by a trailblazer and their story. The Programme Zones offer a combination of scouting Adventure Skills, such as water activities and backwoods, and team-work and creative skills, including innovation and community projects.

By participating in the programme Scouts will have an opportunity to advance in their Crean Awards and Adventure Skills. The programme theme is reflected in the Sub-Camps, each of which will be named after a fictional place from a story of adventure and discovery. 

These stories will help build up the spirit of friendship and support in each sub-camp. There will also be programme on the subcamps on some evenings.

SUMMER CAMP - Tents come in all shapes and sizes and at this years Jamboree at Stradbally starting on the 23rd July one thousand tents will be pitched to become homes for the scouts for the eight day camp. Pic: D.P.Barry
SUMMER CAMP - Tents come in all shapes and sizes and at this years Jamboree at Stradbally starting on the 23rd July one thousand tents will be pitched to become homes for the scouts for the eight day camp. Pic: D.P.Barry

FOUR TASKS PATROLS CAN DO NOW TO PREPARE 

1. Check your Tents, No one wants to arrive onsite to a mouldy tent, find a broken pole, or worse still no poles at all!

2. Set up your Patrols. Whether you’re in the Patrols in Action Sub-Camp or not, all patrols will be making use of the patrol system throughout the camp! Have a look at the programme resource for scouts ‘Forming Patrols’. 

While you’re at it, why not check out the Scout Programme!  3. Get Making! At JamboRí you’ll meet so many new people and make loads of new friends from across the country and around the world. Why not be prepared to have some things ready to swap with them? Badges, Spare Neckerchiefs and Crafts are all really cool. What could your Patrol put together for JamboRí?

4. Get your Pioneering skills up to scratch. There will be space on each site for some camp gadgets. Why not brainstorm and see what cool ideas you and your group can come up with.

NATIONAL COUNCIL 

The date for this year's National Council has been set for Sunday,  April 14 and will be held at the RDS, Dublin.

BEAVER SCOUT QUIZ 

There was a very good turnout for the Lee Valley County Beaver Scout Quiz held in Ballincollig GAA hall Sunday Last. 

QUIZ SMILES - The look on the faces of these Beaver Scouts from The Lough, Bishopstown and Cloghroe tell their own story at the Lee Valley Beaver Scout Quiz held at the Ballincollig GAA Hall. Pic: Barry Crowley
QUIZ SMILES - The look on the faces of these Beaver Scouts from The Lough, Bishopstown and Cloghroe tell their own story at the Lee Valley Beaver Scout Quiz held at the Ballincollig GAA Hall. Pic: Barry Crowley

There was an attendance of 125 Beaver Scouts attended who were accompanied by many leaders. The groups who participated were from Togher, Ballinora, Ballincollig, Macroom, Cloghroe, St. Peter & Pauls, Blarney, The Lough and Bishopstown. 

It was a very enjoyable event and indeed it could be said that some of the answers came very quickly to the six, seven and eight-year-olds while you could see the leaders conflabbing with shaking heads indicating that they were at a loss for some of the answers. 

Well done to Sheila McCarthy and Pamela Cull for organising the event.

A nice touch for the quiz was that all the teams were mixed from all the different groups so that when it came to the top scorers and plaques presented all the groups felt that they had won.

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