Jamboree on the trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 18th year and each year more people take part. We took part for the first time in 2013 and are keen to do it again. We thought it would be nice to have a family day – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.
Where: We’ll be starting from Whiteways car park and doing a circular walk which includes a stop at Bignor Hill. In total the hike will be just over 5 miles but we’ll be taking it nice and gently. We did the same route last year so you can see what it is like in our 2014 report.
Start: There is a free car park at Whiteways, just off the A29 at the top of Bury Hill. Why not come along a bit early and take advantage of the food and drink on offer at Whiteways Cafe.
When: JOTT day is 9 May 2015. We aim to leave the car park at 2pm, stop at Bignor Hill at about 3pm and be back to the cars at around 5pm
What: We will be hiking in the South Downs – taking in parts of the Monarch’s Way and the South Downs Way. You can see the route on a map.
Who: Our JOTT hike is open to all our Cubs and their families. We will look after any Cubs that come on their own. Family, friends and dogs must remain your responsibility. Obviously we can’t accept any non-Cub children unless they are with an adult. We currently have 5 Cubs on the list – Craig, Max, Lily, Aiden and Charlie plus family members. Plenty of room on the South Downs for a few more if you fancy it on the day.
Paperwork: We’d like an idea of the numbers to expect so please book a place through Groupspaces as usual. Cubs who are attending on their own (without parents) will need to complete our usual health form before the event.
Cost: This is not a fund raising event. There is no charge for taking part
Wear: You should wear clothes appropriate to the weather on the day including strong shoes for walking in (no wellies). Cubs should wear your scarf but the rest of your uniform is not required. Remember that it can be windy up on the Downs so even on a sunny day it can be quite chilly. It is a good idea to have a windproof/waterproof coat in your bag, even if rain isn’t forecast. We suggest that you have a number of layers that you can put on or take off as the need arises.
Bring: You should bring a water bottle and maybe a snack in a day sack that you can carry. We’ll be sitting on the grass when we stop at Bignor Hill so make sure you have either a mat or a coat to sit on.
Badges: All Cubs that take part will get a special JOTT18 badge after the event (as well as an extra hike on their hikes away score). We’ll also give JOTT18 souvenir badges to anybody else that would like one. We’ll order them after the event when we know the numbers that attended and present them when they come through in a couple of weeks.
Last year: You can see how we got on on our JOTT17 page.