Jamboree Denmark 2017 was a jamboree which was planned and hosted by the five Danish guide and scout associations. A lot of participants – many of them international – gathered in Sønderborg, Denmark, between July 22 – 30. Were you one of them?
What was Jamboree Denmark?
Jamboree Denmark 2017 was, with a lot of participants from all over the world, the largest guide and scout jamboree in Denmark. The jamboree was arranged by five guide and scout associations: KFUM Scouts in Denmark, Green Girl Guides of Denmark, the Danish Guide and Scout Association, Danish Baptist Guide and Scout Association and The Danish Scouts of Southern Schleswig. The Jamboree began on 22 July and ended 30 July 2017. It was located in Sønderborg on the fields of Kær Vestermark (in southern Jutland).
The subcamps within the jamboree was named after locations, which Sønderborg finds important. Examples of these subcamps are; Slottet (the Castle), and Broen (the Bridge), which referred to the Castle of Sønderborg, and King Christian X’s Bridge.
The vision of the Jamboree was ‘we leave impressions’. Through the entire planning of the jamboree, we focused on developing a camp, where the participants leave impressions within themselves, upon each other and in their surroundings. During the jamboree, there were activities offered for participants of all ages – the target group for Jamboree Denmark was the age group 10-17.
About Jamboree Denmark
Jamboree Denmark 2017 was the largest jamboree ever held in Denmark. It was held for 37.000 Danish and International participants. The jamboree collaborated closely with the municipality of Sønderborg. From 22 July to 30 July the many guides and scouts moved to Kær Vestermark, close to Sønderborg.
The Danish scouts and guides were divided into the following subcamps according to their municipality: Møllen (the Mill), Øen (the island), Slottet (the Castle), Tårnet (the Tower) and Broen (the Bridge). This meant that the participants were living among the other guides and scouts from their own municipality.
The five subcamps were named after places, which are important to Sønderborg. Møllen was named after Dybbøl Mølle (the Mill of Dybbøl), which is located approximately five kilometers from Kær Vestermark. Slottet was named after the Castle of Sønderborg and Tårnet after Blåtårn (‘blue tower’) which according to history was the place in which Christian II was imprisoned for 17 years and used his time making a groove in the table in his cell as he continuously walked around it dragging his finger along the table edge. Øen was named after the island of Als, where the bigger part of Sønderborg is located. Broen was named after King Christian X’s Bridge which connects the Jutland side of Sønderborg with the Als side.
Jamboree Denmark 2017 was arranged by the five guide and scout associations: KFUM Scouts in Denmark, Green Girl Guides of Denmark, the Danish Guide and Scout Association, Danish Baptist Guide and Scout Association and The Danish Scouts of Southern Schleswig.
The five guide and scout associations have created the organization called 'Spejderne – Danmarks stærkeste fællesskab' (the Scouts/Guides - the strongest community in Denmark). The jamboree was built with the help of voluntary work, and if you wished to participate, you could register online.
We Leave Impressions
The vision and theme of the jamboree was; ‘we leave impressions’ as we wished the participants, through guiding and scouting, to leave impressions within themselves, upon each other and in their surroundings.
The participants of the jamboree took part in activities and developed solid personal competences, learned to participate in every kind of relation and learned to take responsibility for the community. The scouts and guides should through community and team work in guiding and scouting develop into responsible people, who contribute to the democratic development.
The main target of the activities were participants in the age group of 10-17. For this participant group there was 'Rejser' - Travels, which was tailored day-events with focus on education and activity. While this age group was occupied by Travels on some days, other days were filled by the Free Activities. Free Activities were activities open for all age groups. There were loads of activities to choose from. Activities were, as an example, Hikes, Walks with challenges during the night or Adventurescout.
Projects and adult education
For the age group between 18-23, FABtown offered a project course with lessons in project methods.
To everybody above the age of 18, there was offered adult education. This included courses, workshops or theme days. Adult education was organized, so that there was an offer for everybody. The courses were everything from basic courses in guide and scout abilities to more wild and developed courses – this invited both new and more experienced scout and guide leaders to learn something new.
Our vision for Jamboree Denmark 2017:
With Jamboree Denmark 2017 we want to leave impressions in ourselves, each other and the world around us.
Theme of Jamboree Denmark 2017:
”We leave impressions”