We don’t have a formal crèche however we want everybody including all ‘little people’ to have a great week. Dependants will be the responsibility of the parents attending the camp.
Unfortunately, no group and staff cars are allowed in the camping areas/subcamps. However, we are pleased to confirm for this camp we have an agreement that vans and vehicles towing trailers are allowed on the Sub Camp roads during the arrival’s day and the final hour during departures. All equipment must be unloaded quickly and then all vehicles must be moved and parked on the Car Park. Outside of these times only authorised site and support vehicles are allowed on the Sub Camp roads.Van and trailer access to the sub camps will be managed by the Site Operations Team and walked on to the Sub Camp road ways. Please work with the Site Operations Team as they have a difficult job to do. Please also see the notes about arrivals and departures. If you need any heavy kit moved please contact the Camper Experience Team.
Service and delivery vehicles are restricted to 10 mph maximum and must use their hazard warning lights.
Yes, Children under 10 can come to Chamboree.
Groups / Staff check in at their Sub Camp HQ. Please tell us of any changes to health details or campers that have not turned up.
Online shopping orders will be delivered to a dedicated area for Groups to collect from. When making your booking with the Supermarket please ensure that they have your Scout Group Number, Sub Camp name, your contact name and your mobile phone number. The Camper Experience Team will then be available to help move food to the allocated camping pitch.
Our policies will be available online; if you have any special requirements or questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We will provide a dedicated multi-faith space that can be used by participants of all faiths. When your group has signed up, we can provide you with a contact so that you can arrange to use it (please request this). We will also have multi faith leaders on site throughout the week. However, we cannot guarantee which faiths and when they will be available.
Yes. We have a Media Team who will be taking photos and recording the event. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to sign to give your consent for photography/filming/audio at Chamboree to be used in print and digital media formats including publications and social media. These images will be retained by Chamboree to be used for promotional purposes and to archive the event. Please note this is a large-scale event where the volume of attendees is high, and the event is spread over a large area. There will be video, photography & audio being recorded in all areas during the event. If you or your child do not give consent, it is your / your child and your child’s leader’s responsibility to avoid being photographed/filmed/recorded.
Yes, this will be located in the IST Staff Sub Camp. Leaders and IST should adhere to the guidance given in the ‘Green Card‘ in respect of our Alcohol Policy.
Any individual displaying signs of alcohol abuse or behaving in an anti-social manner may be excluded from the site. The Camp Chief and the organising team will not hesitate to close the bar facility or order the removal of individuals if this facility is abused.
Under 18s must not consume alcohol on Chamboree (from any source).
Groups are responsible for completing risks assessments for areas they are responsible for such as camping pitches, cooking areas and travelling to and from the event. A number of risk assessments will be produced for those activities and tasks that may present a risk to both staff and participants and our external contractors have their own risk assessments which they will share with us. Chamboree is producing risk assessments relating the other areas of the event and activities. Part of Chamboree risk management includes producing a handbook which must be read by all adults, this is sent out in June. Team leaders (for IST Staff) and the Group Leaders are responsible for sharing details of the risk assessments and specifically the steps that need to be followed to minimise the risks with their teams and young people, please ensure that you follow the instructions that are set out in the risk assessments. Risk Assessments can be viewed upon request during the week of Chamboree. All activities are fully Risk Assessed and covered by Public Liability Insurance (Scouts, Guides, or Commercial Providers). All activities which require permits are staffed by permit holders from both associations. All commercial activities will be run by qualified staff.
No, there will not be a grocery shop onsite. There will though be a daily bus service to local supermarkets, in addition you can order fresh food essentials for collection from the café area each day. This will include fresh milk, bread, eggs and potatoes etc. plus a range of other food items.
Any lost property will be handed to the Chamboree Information Centre. We will keep lost property for 4 months before donating it to Charity.
The mobile reception is generally okay. Most networks will have 3G/4G coverage around the site.
Each Sub Camp will have access to water taps to enable Groups to fill up water barrels. Water barrels must only be filled at the designated taps. Taps and the basins in the toilets are not to be used for washing for drinking.
There will not be a cash machine on site.
Each Sub Camp will have the facility to charge Power Banks in order to keep your mobile phones topped up. Anything left in a Sub Camp HQ is done so at the individual/groups own risk and the Sub Camp team hold no responsibility for them. Please ensure that any items left in the Sub Camp HQ are clearly marked with a name and unit name.
Unfortunately, due to the site contract, only Gas appliances will be allowed on camp. If you're a member of IST Staff, you will be able to book into Staff Catering and let someone else do the cooking for you!
No, the only place Alcohol can be consumed is in the Bar located on the staff sub camp. Leaders and IST should adhere to the guidance given in the ‘Green Card‘ in respect of our Alcohol Policy.
Under 18s must not consume alcohol on Chamboree (from any source).
There will be designated smoking areas around the site. These will be located away from young people out of site.
Participants under the age of 18, may not smoke on Chamboree (this is UK Law).
Drones are strictly prohibited. Anyone found to be flying a Drone (other than permitted Drones for the Media team) may be asked to leave Chamboree.
You will need to have a valid DBS for the entirety of Chamboree. You are able to apply for a new DBS up to six months prior to the renewal date.
All cars will be parked in the designated car park and will be fully accessible during Chamboree. You will just need to log in and out of site should you decide to head offsite to go food shopping etc.
The UK weather is very unpredictable. Please ensure that you have suitable protection for both hot and inclement weather. Some activities may not run if it is deemed unsafe.
The fun and adventure doesn’t stop when you turn 18. We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life, with and without previous experience or indeed specialist skills to fill our many staff roles.
We regularly send updates, to register to receive these please click ‘Register Interest’ on our homepage.
Chamboree will be held between 31st July to 6th August 2022 at the Royal Cheshire Showground Groups may arrive from Saturday 31 July 2022 with the Opening Ceremony held in the evening. The Programme days will take place from Sunday 1 August 2022 to Friday 6th August 2022 with the closing ceremony held Friday evening.
We pride ourselves on having nice toilets and showers at Chamboree. Ultimately, we live in a community and it’s down to everyone to keep them clean and tidy. Provision for participants with mobility issues can be accommodated so please let us know if you have any needs email@example.com Please be aware that some facilities at Chamboree will be unisex.
Scout/Guide Uniform should be worn for arrival & departure, as well as our Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The Chamboree camp badge should be worn on the left breast about the World membership badge.
Calor Gas & Camping Gaz can be purchased from the Administration Centre in exchange for empty Calor cylinders. There is no need to take you empty cylinder, once you have paid for the gas, Site Operations will deliver it and collect your empty cylinder. Unfortunately, we can only exchange Calor cylinders of the same size and type. International Scouts will need UK/European gas regulators.
Yes. These need to be worn at all times and can be collected from your sub camp HQ on arrival.
All Group leaders are reminded that they must provide buckets (to be filled with water) for kitchen areas and we strongly advise against the use of tilley lamps and that neither tilley lamps nor gas lights (no naked flames) are to be used in sleeping tents.
Open fires are prohibited on site, all cooking should take place over Gas. Please ensure that your gas equipment is in good working order, that all piping is in date and that all connections are secure. A number of people have asked about using BBQ’s which are allowed on the condition that they are not left unattended when lit and great care is taken not to damage the grass. If you're a member of IST Staff, you will be able to book into Staff Catering and let someone else do the cooking for you!
In the interest of fire safety, these should be run on Diesel or Gas (No petrol generators, due to site contract). In the interests of other campers who will be in close proximity they can only be run between the hours of 7.30am & 10.00pm. Any appliances running on them must be plugged through an RCD.
Each Sub Camp will have a fridge/freezer for the freezing of ice blocks and storing of medications. Anything left in a Sub Camp fridge/freezer is done so at the individual/groups own risk and the Sub Camp team hold no responsibility for them. Please ensure that any items left in the Sub Camp fridge/freezer is clearly marked with a name and unit name.
All units are expected to operate within their normal guidelines in terms of qualified first aiders and suitable first aid kits. It is expected that where possible the ‘first response’ for TLC will be from the Unit Leaders. On site however there will be a fully staffed medical centre who will readily assist with any medical instances that the Unit Leader does not feel qualified for or any medical cases referred directly to them Please contact your sub-camp HQ. Report all accidents to your own sub-camp Leader. Please do not use personal mobile phones to call for an ambulance this will be done on our Medical Hot Line.
Yes. All refuse (including the contents of the grease trap) should be put in plastic bags which are available from your sub camp HQ. The full sacks should be tied at the top and taken to the nearest collection site. Please do not over fill bin bags, if in doubt please double bag.
- Empty aerosol containers, gaz re-fills and broken glass must not be put in with ordinary rubbish, but should be taken to the central refuse disposal point.
- Any syringes or used medical dressings should be put into special bags, again provided by your sub camp HQ, but should be taken to the central refuse disposal point.
Disposal of waste water should be done at the designated points at each toilet block on subcamps. Please strain and collect your washing up water before emptying them into the disposal points. Do not setup wet pits or throw waste water in hedges/boundaries.
Yes, but these should not be played at a noise level which annoys others and under no circumstances between 23:00 hrs and 07:00 hrs.
Pocket-Knifes are not required at Chamboree. Please leave them at home.
Please speak with your Sub Camp Leaders. It maybe possible to pitch Thursday evening.
The size of your campsite will depend on the numbers in your Group. As Group sizes vary there is no standard site. We would ask that Groups take a reasonable and realistic view as to how much space they actually require. As a minimum, we work on 10m2 per person or 3.16m x3.16m E.g. :-
- If you have 10 people in a group, you would have 100m2 or 10mx10m;
- If you have 20 people in a group you would have 200m2 or 14.14mx14.14m;
- If you have 40 people in a group they would have 400m2 or 20mx20m.
If we can offer some advice it could be better to arrange for your Group to bring all their camping equipment in a trailer and all young people to arrive by Coach if you have a long distance to travel. This is the fastest way onto site. The next best option is for the camping equipment to arrive in a van or trailer and all young people to arrive by passenger van if you are more local. The hard way is bring the camping equipment in leader’s cars and the young people being dropped off by parents in their cars. We can cope with all options however less cars means less traffic, less queuing and less stress – which is better for everybody 🙂
Groups and participants must arrive after 11:30am on Saturday 30th July 2020.
Chamboree will have a dedicated 14-17 Sub Camp where Explorer/Senior Section Units or lone Explorers/Senior Section can camp. The dedicated Sub Camp will have its own Sub Camp team who are have great experience with this particular age group and will ensure that they are well looked after. Alternatively, Explorers/Senior Section are able to camp with a Scout/Guide group on the main camp. Explorers/Senior Section should still register with the 14-18 year old subcamp for the programme, social and to further their personal development. Camping Group Leaders should make it clear at booking stage that they wish to camp with their Scout/Guide Group on a 10-14 Sub Camp.
There are no catering options for groups, however there will be food outlets to purchase food from. You can pre-order food from our Cafe.
There is no pressure on creating a gateway for your site. We do have a tradition of groups creating great gateways for their camp. They are always attractive way to welcome visitors to your site and show of your creative skills. Please make sure that your construction remains safe and secured.
Sub Camp allocations will take in April 2022.
Yes, for Cheshire Scouts & Guides only, there will be a separate experience for Beavers, Cubs, Rainbow and Brownies to come along and experience Chamboree whilst having their own dedicated programme. More information about this will be announced towards the end of 2021.
You must comply with the requirements of your Scout or Guide Association. This ensures that each Group has an appropriate Permit/Licence holder, First Aider etc. For UK groups the requirements are:
- UK Scout/Explorer groups must have one leader with valid Nights Away Camping Permit
- UK Guide/Ranger groups must have one leader with Going Away Camping Licence
You must comply with the requirements of your Scout or Guide Association.
- For Scout Groups 1 adult for every 12 young people with a minimum of 2 leaders per group.
- For Guide Groups 1 adult for every 12 young people with a minimum of 3 leaders per group.
Each group can bring 2 young leaders to camp; however, they will not be able to participate in any of the activities. In order for young leaders to take part in activities, they must be registered as a full paying participant.
Yes, you can attend as participant with a unit if you are aged between 14-17 years or as a member of staff if you are over 16 years. Explorer and Ranger groups are most likely to have some members who are over 17 and therefore will not be eligible to participate in the activities with the rest of the group and must hold a staff role to attend the jamboree. It will be possible for these individuals to camp with their unit, although they may want to consider camping with their respective staff team in the staff camping area.
Chamboree is open to both Scouts and Guides aged between 10 and 17. If your date of birth is between 30/07/2012 and 29/07/2005 you’re eligible to attend as a participant.
All Scouts and Guides must be in their own campsite before 23:00hrs. Groups must be quiet between 23:00 – 7:00.
It is your responsibility to arrange your own transport to and from Chamboree, however Chamboree will assist with transport from local train stations to the Royal Agricultural Showground. These transfers will need to be pre-booked with our International Team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamboree is not able to hire out any tents or camping equipment. Should you require any assistance with this please let us know prior to booking, our International Team will then be able to assist in pairing you with a local unit who would hopefully be able to assist email@example.com.
Bookings and Payments
No. Our booking process is split into two phases detailed below for groups and staff; For Groups – Phase 1 (opens April 2021) We require:
- Unit details
- Number of participants and leaders
- Deposit of £50 per person payable within 1 month of registration
- Deposits are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to other groups but as we do not require names at this stage, you can of course reassign within own group.
- Individual names and personal details
- Payment of full balance
- No refunds will be given after this date and places cannot be transferred to other units.
- Some personal information including names of any dependent children
- £50 deposit within 1 month of your role being confirmed
- Balance of payments
- All personal details to be completed.
Please e-mail the Chamboree Information Centre who’ll be able to help firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, there is a Bursary Fund that is available to Cheshire members from either association. Application forms can be obtained by emailing the relevant County Commissioner.
You will receive an email to confirm that your payment has been cleared. Please note that payments are banked once a week and it can take up to 14 days for a cheque payment to clear before we contact you to confirm this.
Invoices will be issued to you at the relevant points when payment is required. Payments do not need to be sent until you have received an invoice. Our payment terms are that payment is due 14 days from the date of the invoice. If you have any questions about invoices, then please email email@example.com
Once you have a booking and deposits paid for your initial numbers you will nearly always be able to add extra participants later. Changes will be allowed up to Friday 1st June at midnight. This cut off date is to allow us to process the data, finalise site requirements and go to print with wristbands etc. As you can imagine this is no small task so your compliance will be much appreciated.
The ultimate cut-off date for booking to come to Chamboree 2022 is 31st March 2022. However, should the maximum camp numbers be achieved prior to that date the camp will be closed once capacity is reached.
All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. You will not be able to use the deposit for a cancelled place against another booking or transfer it to another group. So please only book places once you have deposits from parents.
A £50 non-refundable deposit, per participant will be required within a month of booking (due to open in April 2021). Please only book places if you have people committed to coming. The full balance will be due by 31st March 2022.
The price will include all activities, camping, Chamboree scarf, badge, Leader/Participant/IST pack and over 5,000 new friends from all over the world. This price excludes all food, travel to and from the event, the provision of personal or unit equipment – including camping equipment, or insurance of personal or unit equipment.
Site fees will be finalised in 2020. It was £80 in 2018.
Site fees will be finalised in 2020. It was £150 in 2018.
Bookings open in April 2021.
Site fees will be finalised in 2020. It was £80 in 2018.
There are nominated Quiet Zones on the IST Staff Sub Camp Quiet Zone 1 – please camp in this area if you work late and start late(r) Quiet Zone 2 – please camp in this area if you retire to bed early and rise early. For everybody else who is active between 6.30am and 11:00pm then please camp outside of the Quiet Zones on the IST Staff Sub Camp.
Unless you’ve been specifically asked to arrive earlier, please aim to arrive between 18:00 and 20:00 on Friday 29th July 2022. After parking your car please report to the Staff Sub Camp HQ to book in and collect your scarf, ID card and event t-shirt/polo etc. All cars/vans should clearly display their vehicle identification document which will enable us to easily contact drivers if required.
No, they will be provided at meal times. You might like to bring a mug for ad-hock drinks, and a flask to take away a hot drink.
So long as there are sufficient Leaders to look after your Troop/Unit, we would love to have you as a IST Staff member. Please register via the website as IST Staff.
Yes, in the Bar, as well as some evening activities to have a go at too.
This is perfectly acceptable and can be arranged during the booking process.
Yes, there will be roles you can do, just make sure you state this restriction on your application.
You will need to be 16 or over at Chamboree. There will be some roles that will only be available to those aged 18 or over.
Yes of course. As Staff you should ensure that you take a break and some down time when you are not delivering your part of the programme. Your Team Leader should ensure that there is sufficient staff on your team to ensure everybody gets a break and time to enjoy some of the evening staff activities.
Yes but we have limited space and hook-up. Please let us know when registering if you would like to bring a caravan on site.
Individuals appointed as IST will work hard as part of a multinational team and their role will be to support the Jamboree Organisers to deliver the best possible experience for the young people. They will fill vital roles in motivating and supporting young people, and providing services, program and facilities. IST members will have the opportunity to volunteer for specific role preferences from IST jobs list or attend as general IST going wherever they are needed. During the event you may be asked if you can help out with other tasks.
We will be providing family camping however we will not be providing any child care facilities. Please get in touch for more information. If your dependent is between the ages of 16 and 18 and a member of the Scout or Guide Association they can also volunteer as young IST.
While we welcome people with specialist skills to come forward the answer is no all that is required is a sense of enthusiasm and hard work! There is a role for everyone who wants to volunteer and there is even the opportunity to learn new skills!
Yes. Get in touch to find out your options and pro-rated cost.
We will do our best to accommodate job swaps. All swaps must be agreed with the IST Team.
As a charitable organisation our aim to provide educational and affordable experiences to young people no matter their family background. One of the ways we are able to do that is by charging a small subsided fee to IST that helps to cover the cost of your accommodation and catering. It also includes some mementos of the event such as a necker, tee-shirt and handbook as a token of our appreciation.
Evening entertainment will be available for 10-13 year olds and 14-17 year olds in separate venues. There will also be an evening cinema film.
The famous ‘Chamboree’s Got Talent’ competition runs throughout the week. With auditions and heats running during the camp, the competitions culminates in a live performance from the winners at the closing ceremony.
All specialised equipment and clothing will be provided where required. Participants should ensure they have suitable clothing as specified (typically long trousers, arms covered and close toed shoes. Some activities will require clothes that can get wet, as well as a change of clothes. Activity clothing information will be available in each Sub Camp.
Lunchtime entertainment will be available in the main arena from 1300 each day. This give participants time to return to their Sub Camps, pick up a packed lunch and then find a vantage point around the main arena.
Chamboree does not operate Activity Ticketing. We will schedule you for a range of activities during your week at Chamboree. This enables us to maximise the amount of activities that everyone gets to do, and our intention is for everyone to do everything!
Yes, all activities are designed to be accessible, please advise your specific needs during registration so we can make reasonable adjustments where needed. Activities are open to all participants (age and parental permission dependent).
Yes, a single permission form is included as part of the registration process.
Chamboree has an enviable reputation for creating new activities and experiences. We encourage all of our participants to give something new a try – something you wouldn’t usually do at home or on camp. There will be something for everyone from the adventurous, adrenaline filled activities through to the creative activities.
Activities will primarily take place between 09:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:00. Some off-site activities and trips may operate outside of these times. Early morning Entertainment will take place between 08:30 and 09:15. Lunchtime Entertainment will take place between 1300 and 1345. Evening entertainment will start from 19:00 and continue on into the late evening.
Participants must be aged 10-17 at the time of Chamboree to take part in the main activity programme. Those aged 18 or over can attend as leaders (if they have the appropriate qualification) or join our IST Staff team. Staff team members can camp with participant units getting the chance to experience the Jamboree in two very different ways. As we did in 2018 we will have a limited leaders and staff activity programme which will be run separately (this will potentially include activity zones being open in the evening and training sessions running during the day).
Transport for off-site activities is included and will leave on time so please make sure all your campers are at the pick-up point in good time. Times and pick up points will be designated at the evening Sub Camp meeting.