Australian Scout Jamboree

The Australian Scout Jamboree is a jamboree which is held every three years by Scouts Australia. The Jamboree is traditionally held in early January and typically runs for 10 nights.

Scouts Australia
FounderLord Baden Powell
Chief ScoutPeter Cosgrove[2]

The first, in 1934, was held in Frankston, Victoria and was attended by the World Chief Scout, Robert Baden-Powell. The Frankston district still uses the original Jamboree logo as its district emblem.

Traditionally Australian Jamborees are hosted on a rotational basis, with the order of hosting being as follows:

  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Queensland
  • New South Wales

Each Scouting Branch (State) is the effective host of the Australian Jamboree and takes responsibility for its management.

By world standards, Australian Jamborees are medium-sized, with the largest Jamborees being held in Europe and North America and generally hosting between 35,000 and 40,000 participants.


Jamborees were not held during World War II

Organisational structure


The Jamboree Organising Committee (JOC) has the primary task of organising and running the Jamboree. The host state takes the responsibility for forming a JOC from local Scouters.


The largest organisational unit of the Jamboree is a Contingent. There is one contingent for each of the Australian States and Territories - Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, - as well as New Zealand, Guides Australia, and International Contingents.

A troop consists of about 36 Scouts, six patrols of youth members and six to seven leaders. Each troop shares a common camping area where they will cook, sleep and socialise for the duration of the Jamboree. Troops are generally made up of members of the same contingent and Mixed Overseas contingent.

Youth members in troops are further subdivided into patrols of 5 - 6 Scouts. The most experienced Scout is generally given the task of being 'Patrol Leader' or 'PL', and another experienced Scout is assigned as 'Assistant Patrol Leader' or 'APL'. Scouts work in patrols for all activities and tasks during the Jamboree. At the jamboree Patrol Leaders are given special prizes and a special lunch to acknowledge the important task they carry out.

Scouts must be between the age of 10 and 14 and must have proven their Scouting skills by earning their Pioneer Badge. Participants will be expected to cook for themselves, keep their sleeping area and campsite clean and tidy, participate in their assigned activities, and cope with the experience of being away from home for the period of the Jamboree (usually about 11 days).

Other participants

Older members - namely Venturers and Rovers - also attend the Jamboree to assist with activities and other tasks.

Younger members - Joeys, Cubs - families, and friends of Scouting are able to visit the site as day visitors, especially on Future Scout Day (Market Day), where games and stalls are set up by the Scouts attending the Jamboree.


Jamboree activities are a mixture of on-site and off-site activities that seek to challenge the participants, reinforce Scouting values, provide valuable and new experiences, and most of all, be great fun.

Activities for the 2007 Australian Scout Jamboree included:

  • Circus Skills
  • Bush tracking and navigation
  • Flying - the AJ2007 site had its own airstrip
  • Canoes, rafts and swimming at Lake Nagambie
  • Exploring Historic Echuca
  • Visiting Bendigo
  • Plenty of mud activities

Activities for the 2019 Australian Scout Jamboree included:

  • The Smash Zone - an activity in which nine Scout's were given two minutes to smash three cars
  • Ice Skating
  • A camp inside a camp at Woodhouse, the site of the 2004 Australian Jamboree. Activities such as pioneering, high ropes and low ropes, archery tag, orienteering, an arcade room and an obstacle course were included
  • BMX Biking
  • Mud pits
  • Abseiling and rock climbing
  • Mountain biking
  • A day exploring in Adelaide
  • Land sailing
  • Shooting
  • Flying - like the 2007 Jamboree, AJ2019 had an airstrip on site
  • Skateboarding
  • Raft building, canoeing, swimming, rowing and sailing at Wellington Marina
  • Drone flying
  • Crate stacking

On site

During a Jamboree there could be more people on the Jamboree site than there are in some regional towns. Considerable resources and infrastructure are set up at the Jamboree sites to ensure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of all participants. Some of the Jamboree resources include:

  • Main and secondary stage areas
  • Shopping Mall
  • Socialisation Areas
  • Hospital and First Aid posts
  • Internet Cafe
  • On-site radio station, to which both Scouts and leaders contribute
  • On-site newspaper
  • Transport Depot
  • Police and security
  • Temporary on-site fire station
  • Banking facilities including ATMs
  • Warehousing of food and consumables
  • Reliable communications infrastructure
  • Fresh water supply and grey water processing

21st Australian Jamboree

The 21st Australian Jamboree (AJ2007) took place at the Elmore Field Days site in Elmore, Victoria, from 1 to 13 January, 2007.[6] It was the first major Scout event in 2007 and thus the first to celebrate 100 years of Scouting. 12,000 adults and youth from Australia and 30 other counties attended the Jamboree, 8,500 of whom were Scouts.[7] The Jamboree had a theme of "Get in the Game" to promote participation.


AJ2007 featured four off-site activities: Wet Wild & Windy, Riverforce, Bushwacked and Ready Set Bendigo.

On-site activities included Venture Extreme (learning about linking to Ventures), X-Site (circus themed), Planet Blitz (focused on recycling and the environment), Rock Sports (rock climbing and abseiling) and Sky High (joy flights over the Jamboree site Elmore, and Rochester). Game On was another activity featuring 6 bases. It included sports, car smashing, mud and a giant water slide.

Additional on-site activities included a carnival, contingent HQ, subcamp activities and a mall.

An amateur radio station was also set up at the Jamboree by the Scout Radio and Electronics Service Unit (Vic), utilising the special event call sign VI3JAM. A notable achievement of the station was a live link to the International Space Station when Scouts had to opportunity to talk with Astronaut LCDR Sunita Williams in orbit of the earth.


The Australian Jamboree 2007 featured lots of entertainment, with music acts such as Evermore, The Rogue Traders, Björn Again, Tripod and Taxiride performing on the main arena; along with numerous cover bands. Stunt planes and Motocross riders brought other nights alive; along with a Marquee called “The Place” which had themed discos.


Cleanup of the site involved removing 200 tonnes of rubbish, dismantling 16,000 square meters of marquee, and removing 208 portable buildings on site, including toilets. It was expected to take a fortnight using 50 volunteers.[8] The Scouts had already taken down their own tents and troop facilities.


  1. About us Scouts Australia Accessed 8 January 2016
  2. New Commissioner of Australia appointed Archived January 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Scouts Australia
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2009-12-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Home - AJ2016 - 24th Australian Scout Jamboree - January 2016".
  5. "Scouts Australia - SA Branch - AJ2019".
  6. Jamboree media release
  7. National Nine News, 3 January 2007 Archived September 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Big clean-up under way". Rural Press Ltd. 2007-01-15. Retrieved 2007-01-24.
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