Avon Adventure FAQ

We are compiling a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers. If you cannot find the answer to your question below, then please use the form at the bottom of this page and one of the team will get back to you.  We will also be updating this page.  Thank you.

  • Who, What, When, Why, Where and How

  • When is the Jamboree?

    Avon Adventure will be taking place from Friday 22nd at 6pm until Monday 25th May 2020 at 4pm.

  • Why is there a Jamboree?

    The Jamboree is an opportunity for Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Rangers, Explorers and Network to experience something different. A Jamboree gives them the opportunity to experience new things, activities and meet new people from across the area. The Jamboree is about bringing people together to make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • How do I get more information?

    We have a mailing list. By signing up you will be able to keep up to date on all things Avon Adventure. Sign up now by clicking here.

    Alternatively, keep checking back here.

  • Is there an event shop? When will this go live? Can I pre-order?

    There will be an online shop for participants, leaders, parents and service team to look at and purchase Avon Adventure merchandise from before the camp starts.

    The shop will be going live in early 2020.

    Pre-ordering is advised as we will only be holding limited stock onsite. Certain items will also be pre-order only (these will be specified). We recommend ordering beforehand to avoid disappointment.

  • How do I volunteer?

    We love our Service Team! Without you, the Jamboree wouldn’t happen.

    To become a member of the Avon Adventure Service Team please sign up once bookings open in September 2019 through the online booking system. This will be accessible via the Avon Scouts website and social media. An email will also be sent out nearer the time directing you to this.

  • What jobs will be available? Can I choose beforehand?

    A variety of jobs will be available for you to sign up for. When signing up through the online system, you can choose which roles you would like to do in priority order. If you don’t have a preference, there is also an option for that.

    We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following teams – if you are interested, then please email isabelle.mills@avonscouts.org.uk for more information.  Please note that the following list is short a short selection:

    • Site security and safety
    • Subcamps
    • Activities
    • Facilities
    • Media – Photographers/Videographers
    • Catering

  • What is involved in being part of the Sub Camp team?

    As a Sub Camp Leader or member of the Sub Camp team you will be hands-on in making the Jamboree experience for the participants. You will responsible for the day to day running of your sub camp which includes the administration and wellbeing of your participants as well as the organisation of subcamp activities and games to keep everyone entertained in downtime.

    As Sub Camp Leader, you will be required to attend daily meetings with the DCC Marketing and Communications, Nicole Crompton to discuss the outcomes of the day and take a look into what is scheduled for the next. It will be then your responsibility to filter this information down to your leaders and participants, so they don’t miss any vital information.

    It sounds a lot, but it is one of the most fulfilling, hands-on and fast passed jobs on site – it is definitely one to be a part of!

  • Who can attend the Jamboree?

    Avon Adventure will be open to all members of Avon Scouting, Girl Guiding Bristol and South Gloucestershire and Girl Guiding Somerset North from Beavers and Rainbows to Rangers and Network. We also want to encourage Adult leaders and volunteers to attend as Service Team (IST).

  • What is a Jamboree?

    A Jamboree is a large gathering of Scouts and Guides from across the area. A Jamboree gives Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Rangers, Explorers and Network members the opportunity to experience new things, activities and meet new people from across the area.

  • Where will the Jamboree be held?

    Avon Adventure will be held at the North Somerset Showground, The Showground, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1NE

    See the map.

  • Shop

  • Is there an event shop? When will this go live? Can I pre-order?

    There will be an online shop for participants, leaders, parents and service team to look at and purchase Avon Adventure merchandise from before the camp starts.

    The shop will be going live in early 2020.

    Pre-ordering is advised as we will only be holding limited stock onsite. Certain items will also be pre-order only (these will be specified). We recommend ordering beforehand to avoid disappointment.

  • What will be available to buy?

    The Avon Adventure shop will stock a range of camping essentials as well as branded Avon Adventure hoodies, t-shirts and badges. There will also be the option of purchasing Sub Camp clothing (this will be pre-order only) so your child can get fully immersed into their Sub Camps identity and the overall Jamboree experience.

    The online shop will open early 2020 and can accessed through the Avon Scouts website. The shop link will also be sent to those who have registered for our newsletter and have followed us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    All items are in the process of being finalised so designs and prices will be released shortly.

  • Can Scouting Districts and Girlguiding Divisions order their own clothing?

    Avon Adventure will be split into 4 sub camps, each of which will have their own identity. Each Scouting District and Girlguiding Division will be split amongst the 4 sub camps and therefore not be camping together.

    At previous Jamborees the Districts and Divisions have become the Sub Camps but this will not be the case at Avon Adventure.

    Due to the way this Jamboree is running, we would advise against ordering clothing for your individual Districts and Divisions as it will cost a large amount of money and not have the same impact or meaning as it would have had before at other events.

  • Get involved

  • How do I volunteer?

    We love our Service Team! Without you, the Jamboree wouldn’t happen.

    To become a member of the Avon Adventure Service Team please sign up once bookings open in September 2019 through the online booking system. This will be accessible via the Avon Scouts website and social media. An email will also be sent out nearer the time directing you to this.

  • What jobs will be available? Can I choose beforehand?

    A variety of jobs will be available for you to sign up for. When signing up through the online system, you can choose which roles you would like to do in priority order. If you don’t have a preference, there is also an option for that.

    We are currently recruiting volunteers for the following teams – if you are interested, then please email isabelle.mills@avonscouts.org.uk for more information.  Please note that the following list is short a short selection:

    • Site security and safety
    • Subcamps
    • Activities
    • Facilities
    • Media – Photographers/Videographers
    • Catering

  • What is involved in being part of the Sub Camp team?

    As a Sub Camp Leader or member of the Sub Camp team you will be hands-on in making the Jamboree experience for the participants. You will responsible for the day to day running of your sub camp which includes the administration and wellbeing of your participants as well as the organisation of subcamp activities and games to keep everyone entertained in downtime.

    As Sub Camp Leader, you will be required to attend daily meetings with the DCC Marketing and Communications, Nicole Crompton to discuss the outcomes of the day and take a look into what is scheduled for the next. It will be then your responsibility to filter this information down to your leaders and participants, so they don’t miss any vital information.

    It sounds a lot, but it is one of the most fulfilling, hands-on and fast passed jobs on site – it is definitely one to be a part of!

  • Bookings

  • When will bookings open?

    Bookings will be open from 30th September 2019.

  • How do I book?

    Bookings will be made via an online booking system. This will be accessible via the Avon Scouts website and social media. An email will also be sent out nearer the time directing you to this.

  • How will my data be used and safely secured?

    Please download the privacy statement for more details.

    GPDR compliance PDF

  • Logistics

  • How will special dietary requirements be dealt with?

    Special dietary requirements must be specified when booking onto the camp.

    We will do our best to accommodate vegetarians and gluten-free intolerances.

    Any other dietary requirements will need to be sent in a separate email as this will be forwarded to the external cater. It will be at their discretion to accommodate these needs.

  • Equipment on site

    All of the equipment on the Jamboree site is going to be hired in from external suppliers. Please therefore do not remove anything from the site as it does not belong to Avon County Scouts. Anyone who is seen to remove equipment will be questioned and where applicable removed from the site at the discretion of the Site Security Manager and Camp Chief.

  • Can we have vehicles on-site?

    Vehicles are allowed onsite during build up as long as permission has been granted from the DCC Site Services & Infrastructure or Head of Security. Any vehicle on site will have to maintain the site rules of 5 mph and will have to follow set routes. All vehicles will be have to be offsite by 1pm on Friday 22nd May, no exceptions.

  • Mini Jamboree experience (Beavers)

    We are also able to offer shorter Jamboree experiences just for Beavers. These will run from Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 24th May 2020. The price for this is £25 (Leaders will be £15) and will be inclusive of camp fees, catering, activities and a small goody bag of Avon Adventure merchandise.

    Beavers can choose to attend either the Full Jamboree Experience or the Mini Jamboree Experience.

    The Mini Jamboree Experience has been developed to ensure Beavers can attend, even for a short period. We have had a large amount of feedback from Colonies stating Leaders would be more comfortable with this as well as the Young People, as they may not have stayed away from home for as long before. By offering this experience alongside the Full Jamboree Experience we are pleased to provide an option for all confidence levels. Beavers can also attend as Day Visitors if they wish to.

  • Can Rainbows join the Mini Jamboree Experience?

    Rainbows are unable to attend the Mini Jamboree Experience as it is over 24 hours from start to finish. This decision has been made to align with the Girlguiding Manual which states “Rainbow overnight events must not exceed 24 hours, including travel, from when care of the girls is transferred to the leader”.

  • Can Brownies or Cubs join the Mini Jamboree Experience?

    Due to the age and sectional specifications of both Brownies and Cubs, the decision has been made that both sections are able to attend the full Jamboree experience and therefore will not be given the opportunity to join in the Mini Jamboree Experience.

  • When can we have access to the site to pre-pitch tents?

    Access to the site will be available from 5pm on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st May 2020 to pitch tents. Please note, you will be required to leave the site by 9pm.

  • When can I drop off / pick up my child?

    We will be allocating groups set drop off and pick up times to stagger arrivals and departures. Please contact your unit leader to find out the specific details.

  • Will the camp be catered, or will I need to provide catering for my group?

    The Jamboree will be a fully catered event from Friday evening through to Monday afternoon.

    • Friday evening supper
    • Saturday/Sunday/Monday cooked breakfast or cereal
    • Saturday, Sunday & Monday midday packed lunch
    • Saturday & Sunday evening hot meal and dessert

    If you are attending the event as a Day Visitor – you will be expected to arrange your own packed lunches.

  • Accommodation

  • How is the camping site organised?

    To align with the true Jamboree spirit, groups will be placed within Sub Camps throughout the Jamboree to get to know others within the county. There will be an option to camp with your Group or Section on sign up if equipment needs to be shared or you just want to camp together.

  • What are the sub-camps? How are sub camps allocated?

    Each Sub Camp will be led by a Sub Camp Leader for which we are currently recruiting. The Sub Camps are:

    • Indiana
    • Cook
    • Earhart
    • Croft
    • Marco

  • Do I need a nights away permit to camp?

    Scouts:

    As a member of the Scout Association, you do not need to hold a Nights Away Permit. Everyone can camp under the permit which is held centrally with the core team.

    Girlguiding:

    As a member of Girlguiding, you do not need to hold a Going Away with License. Due to the scale of the Jamboree, there will other leaders on site who will cover the numbers attending. Deb Wilkey, ACC Activities, also holds a large-scale camp license which enables everyone to attend large mixed-camps such as Jamborees without the requirement of a license.

  • Activities

  • What are the activity zones?

    Avon Adventure will be split into 4 activities zones which participants will rotate around throughout their time onsite.

    The activity zones are Earth, Fire, Water and Wood.

  • What activities can I expect?

    Activities are currently being organised for the camp but expect activities full of adventure, adrenaline and fun!

    Activities are expected to include adventurous activities such as climbing, abseiling, sailing, kayaking and pioneering, outdoorsy activities such as orienteering, backwards cooking, campfires and inflatables as well as creative activities such as craft, painting, modelling, dance and performance workshops and maybe even woodcarving!

  • Cost

  • Full Jamboree experience

    For those attending the whole Jamboree (Friday 22nd – Monday 25th May), the prices are as follows:

    • Participant: £70
    • Leaders and Service Team: £30

  • Mini Jamboree experience (Beavers)

    We are also able to offer shorter Jamboree experiences just for Beavers. These will run from Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 24th May 2020. The price for this is £25 (Leaders will be £15) and will be inclusive of camp fees, catering, activities and a small goody bag of Avon Adventure merchandise.

    Beavers can choose to attend either the Full Jamboree Experience or the Mini Jamboree Experience.

    The Mini Jamboree Experience has been developed to ensure Beavers can attend, even for a short period. We have had a large amount of feedback from Colonies stating Leaders would be more comfortable with this as well as the Young People, as they may not have stayed away from home for as long before. By offering this experience alongside the Full Jamboree Experience we are pleased to provide an option for all confidence levels. Beavers can also attend as Day Visitors if they wish to.

  • Day visitors

    We are offering a Day Visitor option- to come onto the site to get a true Jamboree experience on Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th May 2020.

    The price of a Day Visitor will be £15 (Leaders will be £5). This will include of camp fees, onsite activities and an Avon Adventure badge! Please note, this will not include food, so you are expected to bring a packed lunch onsite.

  • Other

  • Is Swapping allowed at the Jamboree?

    Swapping of any kind is not permitted at Avon Adventure.

  • Ask a question…

    If we have not answered your question above (please ensure you have checked!) then you can ask it below and we’ll get back to you ASAP.