AJ2019 – the 25th Australian Jamboree
Imagine a really big Scout camp. No, even bigger!
Now put hundreds of those really big Scout camps together.
That’s Australian Jamboree 2019 – the BIGGEST Scout event in Australia!
Applications OPEN NOW and are flooding in! This page tells what you need to know about applying, cost, travel, getting ready for and going to AJ2019. There’s lots of useful information so keep scrolling down for videos, FAQs, downloads and more. Have a look!
Updated! Scout and Parent AJ2019 Information Night Presentation (large PowerPoint file with videos 120MB) – this will preview in your browser or on your phone but you’ll need to download the presentation to your computer for the videos to play.
This is your chance to experience the best of Scouting over 10 action-packed days of fun and excitement. AJ2019 is the ultimate Scouting experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
The 25th National Australian Scout Jamboree is on from the 4th to 13th January 2019 at the brand new $100 million Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend, the Murraylands, South Australia.
Over 10,000 Scouts from all across Australia and the world will (briefly!) make the Jamboree campsite South Australia’s fourth largest town – imagine the new friends you’ll make.
You’ll experience stadium shows, nightly entertainment, lots of food, dance parties, market day, dress-ups, badge swapping, concerts, bike riding, land yachting and solar and pedal car racing on the V8 supercar circuit, water activities on the nearby lakes, an on-site airstrip for air activities, and BMX racing on the rally track. Scouts will also enjoy three days of off-site activities in places that include the Murraylands, a wide game in Adelaide city and the River Torrens, and overnight patrol activities at the Scouts Woodhouse Activity Centre in the beautiful Adelaide Hills.
You’ll experience all of this while you’re camping with your friends from your Troop as part of a Jamboree Troop of about six patrols and four adult leaders.
Are you ready for the fun, adventure and friendship?
The Australian Jamboree is a massive event that is only held every three years so most Scouts have just this one opportunity to attend.
To go to AJ2019 as a Scout, you must must be under 15 years old before 4 January 2019, have earned your Pioneer badge – including the Scoutcraft badge – by October 2018 (for YPR New Program ‘Pioneer’ Groups, the requirement is Milestone One and Stage 3 Core Outdoor Skills). You also must have camped under canvas – in a tent – for 10 nights. You’ve got over a year to get ready – that’s plenty of time!
Scout Troops and Cub Packs should be approaching youth members NOW to ensure awareness of AJ2019 and provide time for planning and fundraising. Group Committees should also be refreshing their fundraising rules and organising support for youth members to attend AJ2019. There’s resources to help you do that below.
Not just for Scout Leaders!
AJ2019 is Australia’s pinnacle Scouting experience and it isn’t just for Scout Leaders! Leaders from all sections are very welcome to attend and share in the adventure, fun and excitement. Adults will be assigned as a Line Leader or Service Leader based on the preferences selected in their application. Your Group’s Scout Leaders will likely want to be the Line Leaders camping with the Scout Troop, but there’s so many opportunities to attend as a Service Leader – the wonderful adults who help out with activities, welfare, and so much more. For Leaders, you must be a member and have completed all your Leader training. Trainee Leaders, you’ve got over a year to get ready – plenty of time!
Visit and ‘like’ the NSW Contingent to AJ2019 Facebook page www.facebook.com/NSWContingentAJ2019
See you at AJ2019!
A message from Ian Petty, Australian Jamboree 2019 NSW Contingent Leader
On behalf of the New South Wales Contingent Team, let me take this opportunity to welcome you as a youth member or parent/caregiver and your family to the NSW Contingent of AJ2019 – the 25th Australian Jamboree.
Yes, that’s right, you and your family, as we believe that the Jamboree experience is not only for those actually attending as part of the NSW Contingent, but the whole family.
The experience commences from the moment the decision is made by a Scout and his/her family to attend AJ2019.
Each scout and their family will share the preparations of the Scout’s Jamboree Troop forming, the Scout Group’s fundraising efforts, the Parent/Caregiver Information Night, the pre-Jamboree ‘Shakedown Camp’, assisting with assembling the Scout’s gear, watching the Scout’s Troop depart, following the Jamboree on-line as it happens and – best of all – Scouts relaying their amazing experiences in the months following the event.
The Jamboree is one of the greatest examples of Scouting’s ability to encourage and promote teamwork, participation, fun, understanding and new challenges. Nothing else we do in Scouting showcases our principles and method better than a Jamboree.
The NSW Contingent Team welcomes all Scouts and parents attending AJ2019. Our aim is to support all Jamboree participants so that they can have the very best enjoyment and satisfaction before, during and after one of the biggest events in the Australian Scouting experience.
The journey begins now!
Yours in Scouting,
Australian Jamboree 2019 NSW Contingent Leader
Download the Scout and Parent AJ2019 NSW Contingent Information Pack
Click to download the current Scout and Parent AJ2019 NSW Contingent Information Pack. This is a large PowerPoint file with videos (120MB). This will preview in your browser or on your phone but you’ll need to download the presentation to your computer for the videos to play.
Is there a 'Jamboree Basics' or 'Jamboree 101' to help me understand what this is all about?
- Australian Jamborees are held every three years (since 1934/5 in Frankston, Victoria).
- Australian Jamborees were not held during World War II
- The Jamboree sites move around Australia, South Australia is hosting AJ2019.
- Scouts usually only get one shot at attending an Australian Jamboree. The Jamboree site is a small city, housing and feeding over 13, 000 people.
- It’s like town and filling it with Scouts – imagine the friends you’ll make!
How do I apply?
Visit http://applications.aj2019.com.au NOW and get your Jamboree ON!
You’ll need your personal details, medical information, dietary requirements, emergency contact details and a passport style photo. All sections must be filled in, and the Online Application submitted. You then need to print your application, sign it, get signatures from your Scout Leader and Group Leader/Leader in Charge, scan the signed application to PDF and upload it back to the Jamboree Application system (that’s right, no more sending in paperwork!).
Helpful hints for your application:
- Photos must be clear, straight on and identify the person
- Ensure that your email address is up to date as this will be used to contact you
- Medical details – including medication – need to be up to date. You can change and update these in the AJ2019 application portal in the lead-up to AJ2019
- Dietary Requirements will be taken directly from the information you provide so be clear if you require a special diet (more below)
- Jamboree shirts and Contingent shirts will use the t-shirt size listed in your application – remember, you might grow a bit between now and January 2019!
- The ‘Status Page’ shows payments received, as well as position assigned (for Leaders) and the Troop number
- Police Clearance is required for Leaders as per Scouts Australia (NSW) Branch policy.
Who can go to AJ2019?
Cubs who are 10 and a half years old at the beginning of 2018 can check with their parents or caregivers, and also with the Cub and Scout Leaders at their Group, and if they all say that it’s okay, those Cubs could start going to Scouts from Term 1, 2018 and have the opportunity to go to AJ2019 when they are eleven and a half. Most of those Cubs will also have a chance to go to AJ2022 so it’s up to those Cubs, their parents, and their Leaders if they want to/should attend AJ2019.
The deciding factor is not generally if a Cub (future Scout) is too young but if a Scout is mature enough to successfully participate in the Jamboree. To meet the badge work requirements for a Scout (see below), Cubs would typically need to be an invested Scout in a Troop in the first term in 2018 and attend most of the camps and activities throughout the year.
Scouts must be under 15 years of age before 4 January 2019. Scouts must also have completed their Pioneer (Red) Level badge – including the Scoutcraft badge – by October 2018 (for YPR New Program ‘Pioneer’ Groups, the requirement is Milestone One and Stage 3 Core Outdoor Skills). Scouts must also have camped under canvas for 10 nights as a Scout at a Scout activity with three (3) of those nights being consecutive. Scouts must also be recommended by their Scout Leader, and have parent/guardian consent. Of course, Scouts must be a registered Scout Section member at the time of application and through until they return from AJ2019.
Venturer Scouts attend AJ2019 as Junior Service Leaders. Venturers must be invested and have completed the Venturing Skills Award (for YPR New Program ‘Pioneer’ Groups, the requirement is the Introduction to Venturer Scouts badge). Venturers must also have a desire to provide service to Scouts, have been recommended by their Unit Council as being of excellent character and a good role model to Scouts, and possess the skills and abilities to undertake the activity (or other tasks) nominated on their application, and have their parent/guardian consent. Venturers must be 16 or over by 4 January 2019 not have had their 18th birthday before they arrive back from the Jamboree. Venturers must be registered as a Venturer Scout member at the time of application and through until they return from AJ2019.
Venturers attending AJ2019 as Junior Service Leaders will have their own dedicated sub-camp at AJ2019! There will be at Adult Venturer leaders at the sub-camp.
Rovers and Adult Leaders
Rovers and Adult Leaders (from any Section) are eligible to attend AJ2019 if they are recommended by their Section/Crew/Group Leader. Adults will be assigned as a Line Leader or Service Leader, based on the preferences selected in their application.
Adult Leaders serve as ‘Line Leaders’ or ‘Service Leaders’.
‘Line Leaders’ camp with the Scout Troop and take on the formal roles like Jamboree Troop Leader, Quartermaster, Activities Leader and Welfare Leader.
‘Service Leaders’ are all leaders not connected to a Troop. Service leaders are welcome from any section of Scouting – Joeys, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers – and work on the awesome Jamboree activities, or in the medical centre, marketing, administration, logistics, etc. This is the fantastic team who help run all other aspects of the Jamboree. Service Leaders are generally accommodated in the Service Leader sub-camp and eat in central dining facilities.
Where will AJ2019 be held?
Scouts South Australia are hosting AJ2019. The event will be held the brand new $100 million Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend in the Murraylands, South Australia. Situated at the corner of the Dukes and Mallee Highways and overlooking the Murray River above Lake Alexandrina, the site is minutes out of Tailem Bend and only an hour up the South Eastern Freeway to Adelaide. To learn more about The Bend Motorsport Park, check out the Scouts SA Jamboree Organising Committee’s first AJ2019 newsletter here. You can also visit the AJ2019 website here: www.aj2019.com.au
When is it?
The AJ2019 Opening Ceremony will be held on 4 January 2019, and the Closing Ceremony on 13 January 2019. ‘Super Saturday’ (Visitor’s Day) is on 12 January 2019.
How do I get there?
Most Scouts from NSW will travel to AJ2019 by chartered bus. There’ll be pick-up locations throughout NSW (you’ll be advised closer to AJ2019). The NSW Contingent is scheduling bus travel so that the majority of the trip to Tailem Bend will be overnight. On arrival at the AJ2019 campsite, the buses will park in a number of locations and the Scout Troop will be guided to their camp site by the NSW Contingent Welcoming Team.
Some Leaders will want to travel independently to and/or from AJ2019 – if that’s you, there’s a form in the Jamboree Application System.
Where will I camp?
Each Troop will usually consist of six Patrols of six Scouts plus five adult Leaders camping at a ‘home’ base site at the Jamboree. There will always be at least one female leader for female scouts. Scouts are placed into Jamboree Troops along with other Scouts from their Troop and combined with other Groups to form a Troop of around 36 Scouts. The Jamboree Troop is led by the Jamboree Troop Leader who takes on the role of the ‘Scout Leader’ in charge of a Troop. He/She is assisted by Line Leaders who take on specific roles within the Troop that are standard amongst all Jamboree Troops. These roles are defined in the duty statements provided by the NSW Contingent.
In accordance with the policies of the Scouts NSW Branch, the NSW Contingent policy regarding sleeping accommodation at AJ2019 is:
- Separate tents must be provided for and used by youth members and adults
- All sleeping tents should have adequate space to allow the occupants to stand fully upright and internally store only personal property and possessions
- All tents must have ventilation adequate for the weather conditions
- Sleeping tents must not be used to store food or other such items
- All members of a patrol will be accommodated within a designated area although separate male and female tents must be provided for each mixed gender patrol
How much will AJ2019 cost, what's included, and what are the payment dates?
Here are the NSW Contingent Fees for AJ2019. Your AJ2019 fee includes all activities, food, camping, transport – everything you need (except Air Activities) is included in the cost. Also included is your NSW Contingent gear including a 90L bag for all your stuff, a 20L daypack for when you’re out and about, and a hat, scarf, AJ2019 shirt, badge, and identity tag.
First Payment due by 16 March 2018, with Application
Second Payment due 31 July 2018
Final Payment due by 30 September 2018
Venturers, Rovers, Leaders and Adult Helpers: $1,390
The Jamboree Organising Committee Fee is $1,150 for Scouts and $685 for Venturers, Rovers, Leaders and Adult Helpers. The NSW Contingent Fee is $705.00. That’s a total of $1,855 for Scouts and $1,390 for Venturers, Rovers, Leaders and Adult Helpers.
Remember, you don’t pay all at once – the first payment is due with application by 16 March 2018, the second payment by 31 July 2018, and the final payment by 30 September 2018.
For comparison, the fee for NSW Scouts at AJ2016 (held in NSW at Cataract Scout Park) was $1,400. AJ2019 is three years later and the site is in South Australia – much further away! – so it’s not a surprise that AJ2019 will be a bit more expensive. For another comparison, the Scouts South Australia fee for SA Scouts attending AJ2019 is $1550 and that’s in the same state!
Get everyone at your Scout Group involved and get started with your fundraising today. With a bit of effort and early planning, many Scout Troops can raise enough money to make AJ2019 attractive to most Scouts and Leaders.
All Applications must be completed, reviewed, signed and uploaded by 16 March 2018, including having made at least the first payment.
Late applications received by NSW Contingent after 16 March 2018:
- May be accepted if there is room in the planned Jamboree Troop and/or arranged Contingent travel plans.
- Applicants may not be with their home Troop if Jamboree Troops have already been formed and no space is available.
- Applicants cannot be guaranteed any or all of the standard Contingent supplied merchandise, nor will there be a reduction in the amount payable if some items are not available.
Applications received by the NSW Contingent after 1 June 2018:
- Will attract a $250 ‘Late Fee’ payable with the initial payment and may be subject to the same possible outcomes listed above for applications received after 16 March 2018.
A late application is defined as any application where the initial payment has not been received by the NSW Contingent on or before 31 May 2018.
All applications will close on 31 August 2018.
Acknowledgement of receipt of your Application and First Payment will be by way of a Welcome to the NSW Contingent Newsletter, which will be received via email to your main, validated email address entered on your Online Application.
What should I take to AJ2019?
Check out our AJ2019 Suggested Personal Equipment List for more information on what you / your child should be thinking about bringing to AJ2019. Please take note of the suggestions we have made, and be aware that any items we have suggested NOT bringing may be confiscated.
Tailem Bend in January is known for hot weather, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius for during the day. January is usually a relatively dry month – only 2.5 days on average with rainfall over 1mm. At all times, all Jamboree participants must remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and Slide by wearing a high protection sunscreen, hat and shirt at all times and we also suggest sunglasses. During the evening, Tailem Bend can become cool. Although temperatures are unlikely to drop to significant lows, the change from the heat of the day can make the evenings feel cooler than they often are. It is advisable therefore to ensure you have adequate clothing to accommodate hot days and cool nights.
What about dietary requirements?
AJ2019 can cater for almost any dietary requirement: Standard, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Halal and Kosher. More special requirements can also be arranged by entering your information into the Jamboree Application System. Substitutes can be arranged for lactose, seafood, low sodium, no eggs and many others.
What is the ‘Shakedown Camp’?
The Jamboree ‘Shakedown Camp’ is an important part of Troop preparation for the Jamboree. It is a practice camp where you’ll camp with all the Scouts who’ll be part of your Troop before the real thing at AJ2019. The purpose of this camp is:
- To put the Troop and its equipment under Jamboree conditions so everything is practiced and ready for the real thing
- To facilitate Patrol formation, and practiced experience for Patrol Leaders
- For the Scouts and Leaders to get to know each other
- For Scouts and Leaders to practice setting up a Jamboree troop camp
- For the NSW Contingent Team to get to know the Troops.
- For everyone to have an awesome pre-Jamboree experience
Your Scout Leaders will tell you more about this.
Mums, Dads and Caregivers, What Next?
Decide if your Scout wants to go to Jamboree. If they do, register for AJ2019 at http://applications.aj2019.com.au from 1 October 2017. Get everyone at your Scout Group involved and get started with your fundraising today. With a bit of effort and early planning, many Scout Troops can raise enough money to make AJ2019 attractive to most Scouts and Leaders.
Jamboree can be a wonderful life experience for Scouts and Leaders, as well as for parents / guardians and the families of a Scout. Your local Scout Leaders, Jamboree Troop Leader and NSW Contingent Team will provide the Scouting knowledge, camping environment and preparation for the Jamboree, but it is up to you to support your Scout’s attendance in a positive manner through encouragement, and to be a part of the sharing of the experience from the start – when the decision is made to apply to attend – and right through the months leading up to the event. The 25th Australian Jamboree will be the most rewarding experience the Scouting movement can provide for your Scout, and the memories will last their lifetime.
What other communications are coming out about AJ2019?
In October 2017, the NSW Contingent will be sending an email to all Cub Scout, Scout, and Group Leaders/Leaders in Charge letting them know about how their section can be involved with AJ2019. After those communications are sent to Leaders, there’ll also be direct communication with youth members from the NSW Contingent in mid-October.
Invitations to apply for AJ2019 are now sent to ALL eligible Scouts, (older) Cubs & their Leaders in NSW. Missed yours? Click here:
(older) Cub Scouts – http://www.patroltent.com/aj2019_cub_scout_email1
Scout Leaders – http://www.patroltent.com/aj2019_scout_leader_email1
Cub Scout Leaders – http://www.patroltent.com/aj2019_cub_scout_leader_email1
Venturer Scouts and Leaders – your invitation has extra information about the special opportunities available to you in January 2019 and is coming ASAP!
In addition to the email, we’ll also be sending a letter to all Cub Scouts who will be ten and a half years old at the end of 2017. We’ll be letting those Cubs know that if they check with their parents or caregivers, and also with the Cub and Scout Leaders at their Group, and if they all say that it’s okay, those Cubs could start going to Scouts from Term 1, 2018 and have the opportunity to go to AJ2019 when they are eleven and a half. Most of those Cubs will also have a chance to go to AJ2022 so it’s up to those Cubs, their parents, and their Leaders if they want to/should attend AJ2019.
All eligible Scouts in NSW will receive an email and a letter letting them know that by this time next year they will have registered and be only months away from Australian Jamboree 2019 so it’s time to get excited, get ready, and get going!
We’ll also send a letter and an email to Venturer Scouts letting them know that Australian Jamboree 2019 is a party every night and fun every day so if they’re a Venturer during an Australian Jamboree, that’s where they want to be!
AJ2019 Fundraising - do you have some tips?
Get everyone at your Scout Group involved and get started with your fundraising today. That means right now, ASAP!
With a bit of effort and early planning, many Scout Troops can raise enough money to make AJ2019 attractive to most Scouts and Leaders.
Distribute a set of Group Committee approved fundraising rules up front before any fundraising is undertaken so that everyone is aware of how fundraising is managed in the Group and how the funds will be distributed. You can download a sample set of Fundraising Rules here (Word format).
Fundraising for AJ2019 is in addition to funds raised by the Group for day-to-day operation. The continuation of the Group’s operation is a key priority and your efforts for AJ2019 fundraising should not be to the detriment of the normal funding of the Group.
Here’s some information for Group Committees and parent fundraising teams to set themselves up for success. Remember, not every approach works for every situation but there are similarities between successful Groups.
- Jamboree fundraising should commence as soon as possible!
- Procedures and rules for AJ2019 fundraising should be written down, approved by the Group Committee and made available from the start
- Good communication between parents and the fundraising committee is a must. This requires a combination of channels including face-to-face meetings, emails and other channels like your Group Facebook page
- The Scout Leaders cannot be expected to lead AJ2019 fundraising whilst also delivering a quality youth program. The Group Committee or parent base needs to take the lead
- Plan for a number of smaller concurrent fundraising activities rather than focusing on one fundraising activity at a time – that way you have a well-planned fundraising pipeline
- Keep the system simple – it’s much better to spend an extra 20 hours fundraising than maintaining the fundraising spreadsheet!
- Start with an easy event, like a Fundraising BBQ and move up to larger activities – don’t ‘go for broke’ straight out of the gates.
- The key aspect is that the process and record keeping must be seen as fair and transparent
- AJ2019 fundraising should be in addition to funds raised by the Group for day-to-day operations. The continuation of the Group’s operation is a key priority and efforts for AJ2019 fundraising should not be to the detriment of the normal funding of the Group
- Group Committees and parent fundraising teams should familiarise themselves with the Scouts NSW Fundraising & Sponsorship Policy.
What are Contingents, Troops and Patrols?
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. Scouts in NSW are part of the NSW Contingent and it is the Contingent Leader that has the ultimate responsibility for the participants from that state. The NSW Contingent will look after the arrangements for establishing NSW Scout Troops, transport to and from AJ2019, trasnport of equipment, Troop support, promotion to of AJ2019 to NSW Scouts, sales of Contingent souvenirs, and lots more!
A Jamboree Scout Troop consists of about 36 Scouts, or six patrols of six youth members and five Adult Leaders. Each troop shares a common camping area where they will cook, sleep and socialise for the duration of the Jamboree. Jamboree Troops are generally made up of members of the same contingent, that means Scouts from NSW are usually camping with Scouts from NSW at the Troop site. If there are female Scouts in a Troop at least one of the Line Leaders will be a female Leader.
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. Some Jamboree activities will require an Adult Leader to be present and some will not. Patrols will be encouraged to take part in activities without Leader supervision. Most Jamboree activities are designed for Patrols on their own. Patrols need their independence, so need not be shadowed everywhere unless there is a particular welfare related need.
I'm a Scout Leader - do you have any collateral I can use?
Sure, in addition to the information in the FAQs on this page, we also have:
Scout and Parent AJ2019 Information Presentation (large PowerPoint file with videos 120MB)
Scout and Parent AJ2019 Information Presentation (PowerPoint file)
– this will preview in your browser or on your phone but you’ll need to download the presentation to your computer for the videos to play.
Sample Invitation Letter
NSW Contingent AJ2019 Powerpoint Templates
Patrol Leaders Handbook
Where do I get the 'Patrol Leaders Handbook' for Jamboree?
Right here! In 2012, in the lead-up to AJ2013, the National Youth Council (made up of Scouts, Venturers and Rovers from around Australia) put together a ‘Patrol Leaders handbook’ for the Scouts serving as Patrol Leaders at an Australian Jamboree. It’s written by Patrol Leaders before you that have made it through Jamboree and had tons of fun while they were there. So, for PL’s (and all interested Scouts), keep this booklet handy to help you, and make the most out of your Jamboree!
Stay up to date through social media
Visit and ‘like’ the NSW Contingent to AJ2019 Facebook page www.facebook.com/NSWContingentAJ2019. This page is for all Scouting youth, leaders and families interested in the NSW Contingent to AJ2019. ‘Like’ the page for quick updates from the NSW contingent and Jamboree Organising Committee, reminders for due dates, and all the exciting news in the lead-up to AJ2019. We’ll also capture the AJ2019 experience right there with live AJ2019 Jamboree News and photo sharing!
Also follow the NSW Contingent on: