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Scouts Camping at NI Jam

On Saturday 29th July 2017 12 Scouts and 4 Scouters arrived assembled at 7:30 at the  Athenry Train Station to start their Journey to NIJam, Crawsford burn, Northern Ireland. This was the Scouts first ever Jamboree and the excitement was high.


Off We Go

Off We Go

Two Trains, one Tram and one Mini Bus later we arrived on site. Registration was simple and easy and before we knew it, the tents were up and dinner was started.

As it was a Jamboree all activities were laid on by the NI Jam including the nightly disco which proved to be a big hit with the Athenry Scouts.

Based in Sub Camp Sawel, out Sub Camp Chief, Oliva made sure we all had a great time.

Each day involved a different daily/nightly activity with each evening ending with a camp wide disco/rave.

Saturday 29th July

The night kicked off with the Opening Ceremony followed by an outdoor Disco with the Athenry Scouts leading the way in dancing.

Sunday 30th July

Sunday was a nice chill out day allowing the Scouts to explore the Jamboree and get to know the other Scout groups via on site Games and Trade fair.  During the afternoon we were treated to a spectacular lightening storm over the course of 90 minutes with the storm directly over head.

Monday 31st July

This was an early start with the Scouts up at 6:30 for a 7:45 departure for Belfast City where they undertook a tour of the City Gaol, Historic Trip around Belfast followed by a tour of the Coca Cola Factory where they received a free drink.

We hosted our the DoonelyClooney Girl Guides for dinner.

Joint Guides and Scouts Dinner

Monday evening was our Sub Camp Talent Show with the the 19th Galway Athenry performing YMCA, coming first and winning a place in the Jamboree Final. Followed by the nightly disco.


Tuesday 1st August

Involved a day in a local forest learning several backwoods skills such as fire lighting with real flit/steel, knife sharpening, peg making, tomahawk throwing, spear throwing etc.

Evening activities were based around some giant Inflatables followed by the nightly disco. 

Video coming soon.

Tomahawk Throwing

Wednesday 2nd August

Was another early start with a 8:15 departure from the camp site out to Holyrood Army base for a few day of activities including Laser Tag, Sumo Wrestling Inflatables, First Aid, PT Training and Stretcher run, min games etc.  Not only are the Scouts very fit but apparently the Scouters are also very fit.

The evening involved our Sub Camp campfire followed by the nightly disco.

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Wrestling

Thursday 3rd August

At long last it stopped raining with our first sunny day. The morning was spent kayaking on a local reservoir were several Athenry scouts managed to capsize canadian canoe !

The afternoon was indoor in a local leisure centre with water slides, wave pool and giant water based obstacle course.

The evening involved our Sub Camp party and mini games at each groups site followed by the nightly disco.

Neon Disco

Neon Disco

Friday 4th August

Was  day trip to Belfast the train so some shopping and sight seeing with the Scouts enjoying the delights of Belfast city centre.

Saturday 5th August

Another early start with a 7:00am wake up to ensure that the camp was struck, site cleaned and an on time departure for Galway. Several hours later, the scouts arrived back in Athenry at 18:00 tired but happy.

A full set of photographs is available. 






Cubs at Jamoige

This year Scouting Ireland is celebrating 100 years of Cub Scouting and 40 years of Beaver Scouting. To celebrate this anniversary Scouting Ireland held a Jamboree, Jamoige for 3,500 Cubs and Beavers in PallasKenry, Co  Limerick from Friday 3rd June to Monday 6th June 2015.

The 19th Galway Athenry Cubs attended the event with 17 Cubs and 8 Scouters attending. They had a blast with a full weekend oo Scouting activities provided.  The Athenry cubs where based in Sub-Camp Eskimo and the designed a game and fancy dress around this theme.

The Cubs returned on Monday afternoon at 4:45 tired but super excited about the “best camp” ever. Well done to all.

We have a full set of photographs available.

Off we go

Off we go

Target Practice

Target Practice

Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop

When can I go home?

When can I go home?

Camp site completed

Camp site completed