Kent International Jamboree (KIJ) 29th July – 5th August 2017 – A report

By Adam Chilton|October 12, 2017|Explorer Scouts, Scouts, Tonbridge District News

The Kent International Jamboree (KIJ) 2017 has come and passed in style below is a short summary of what took place over the week.

KIJ is on a scale that has to be seen to be believed thousands of scouts from all around the world descended upon the County Showground in Detling, from there all groups were subdivided into sub-camps. The majority of daily interactions would then take place with more than a thousand different individuals from your sub-camp but coming together as a camp to enjoy evening activities or bands playing on the various stages around the camp village.

KIJ logo and subcamp logos

KIJ logo and sub-camp logos


No camp is complete without activities and KIJ had plenty! Check them out below:

Opening Ceremony

The event began with an enormous opening ceremony where each sub-camp marched their banner in enormous cheer; despite the dismal British weather before joining in front of the main stage.

Asia Pacific sub-camp gathering for the opening ceremony

Asia Pacific sub-camp gathering for the opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

Following a night of celebration the camp got underway. Daytime activities were separated into activity zones:


In this zone you were be able to race on the Giant Assault Course, take on the Wrecking Ball, battle on the Gladiator Dual, or just bounce around on the Bouncy Castle.


The place to go to perfect your aim with activities including Archery, Rifle Shooting or Laser Quest


A chance to turn your hand to some crafts there was a Woggle Workshop where you could make or buy a custom woggle, Glass Engraving, Wood Turning and a number of other arts and crafts activities.


Here you were able to have your first experience of driving a car under supervision, including putting the car into gear, finding the biting point and taking her for a spin around the hay-bail track. In this zone you could also be taken around a 4×4 course and ride around a course on quad bikes.

The Woodland Challenge

The Woodland Challenge was brand new and unique to KIJ17. Here we could Boulder, Climb, Traverse, Leap, Zip, Prussick and Stack to name a few of the plethora of challenges available.


Eureka was full of science based activities from observatories to hands on experiments and displays by universities.

Liquid Nitrogen experiments

Liquid Nitrogen experiments

Liquid Nitrogen being added to a Kettle!

Liquid Nitrogen being added to a Kettle! The steam was cold, very weird!


Located off sight at Old Hay Airfield Scouts and guides could try flying in a microlight or power kiting!


Located at either Bewl Water or Moat Park sub-camps spent half a day on the water with a large variety of water craft to utilise from Kayaking to sailing and an awful lot of splashing this was a great chance to experience the water.

Bewl Water Kayaking

Bewl Water Kayaking

Duel-hulled boat being paddled fast

Duel-hulled boat being paddled fast


A returning favourite to KIJ17 is the Festival Circus in a 600 seater circus tent. Contingents will watched circus performance, before being taught by the performers in how to juggle and balance!

Day Trips

Each sub-camp was allocated a day to go offsite to locations around the South East including London, Dover and Port Lympne Zoo.

Closing Ceremony

Following a week of activities was a morning spent on your sub-camp with each camp providing food or an activity before finally the closing ceremony and the end of the camp. The closing ceremony took place on the main stage and consisted off an anthemic set with a professional light show and a fireworks display set in time to the final song. It was a fantastic ending to a fantastic week.

Closing ceremony fireworks

Closing ceremony fireworks

Map of the campsite

KIJ 2017 Map

Link to KIJ official website

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