Written by: Michael Knights
Published: 2018-08-11

Thanks to the Pioneer leaders, Jean, Michael and Richard for leading our contingent of Pioneers, Adventurers and Explorers to the 15th International Norfolk Jamboree (NORJAM). An amazing time was had by all.

This year, for the first time in over 30 years, we sent a contingent to our local Jamboree. 3 Leaders, 2 Explorer Young Leaders, and 14 Scouts spent the week at NORJAM at the Norfolk Showground. This was a great experience for all of us. Our allocated sub-camp was the ‘60s and we all dressed up in ‘60s costume for the closing ceremony, look out for the pictures!

The Scouts had 2 3 hour long sessions a day of activities, a free cinema for the evenings (and it opened most of the wet day), souvenir shops, a milkshake bar, evening disco entertainment in the main ring and plenty of people to get to know. There was a Breakout day for everyone to either Pleasurewood Hills or Colchester Zoo and a Circus performance which were enjoyed by all.

The available activity sessions included: a craft barn, a zip wire, air rifle shooting, go karts, circus skills, trampolines, bouncy castles and air bags, zorbing, clay pigeon shooting, abseiling, ninja assault course, caving, archery, crate stacking, funfair, kayaks, Jacobs ladder, ice skating, drum workshop, Zumba, fairground stalls, stilt walking and much more.

One of our highlights was a quickly arranged football match – thank you David. Fressingfield against a contingent from Egypt; two matches were played and honours were even.

The 150 acre site held several wasps, over 2,000 volunteers and approaching 5,000 Young People, who enjoyed 228,000 hours of activities. People came from 21 different countries and apparently we used 130 miles of toilet roll in the week!

Our week at NORJAM was a fantastic experience and we are looking forward to the next one in 2022.

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