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Report: Jamboree on the trail 2017

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail.

This was our fifth year of taking part and we had a record turnout as 13 Cubs were part of our group of friends and family (and dogs) that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. Numbers were further increased by 17 Dauxwood Cubs and their families who joined us this year.

You are never guaranteed good weather but this year it was again a gloriously sunny afternoon which made the views from the South Downs Way even more spectacular.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT20 souvenir badge. (Hikes Away badges are awarded at levels 1, 2, 5 and 10 so not everybody will get a badge this time but their participation has been recorded).

Click the album to see more pictures from the event

Once in the photo album remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions.

You can see what some other groups have been up to for JOTT by looking for #JOTT posts on Twitter. Just remember that we cannot be responsible for posts from other groups

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Event: Jamboree on the Trail, 13 May

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. In their own way, everyone will be hiking in the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 20th year and the fifth year that we have taken part.

Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to live in such a lovely part of the world so we thought it would be nice to have a family day out – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.

Summary of arrangements
When Saturday 13 May
Meet Picnic tables outside Whiteways Cafe, 2pm
Wear Uniform scarf with appropriate layers for weather. Don’t get caught out by the sun – likely to be cool and windy on the hilltops. 
Bring Snack and water bottle
Return Whiteways Lodge Car Park by 5pm
To do now Health form required for those not walking with their family

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. Although we plan to follow the same route as previously, this year we will walk it the other way round – so starting with the open countryside and ending up with the forest. (This change of direction is not shown on the map)

Start: There is a free (but often busy) car park at Whiteways Lodge, 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. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for an ice cream at the end too.

When: JOTT day is 13 May 2017. We aim to leave the car park at 2pm, stop at Bignor Hill at about 3.30pm 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 but remember that we are going to walk in the reverse direction to that shown.

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’re pleased to be joined by Cubs from 1st Billingshurst’s Dauxwood pack too.

Paperwork: We would like to have an idea of the numbers that are likely to take part. Please book via My Scout as usual and Cubs walking on their own must complete our usual health form.

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 – a windproof/waterproof coat is a good idea to have 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. The sun is strong at this time of year and part of the route is very exposed so consider a hat and sun cream if the weather looks as if it may be required.

Bring: You should bring a water bottle and a snack or two in a day sack that you can carry. We’ll be sitting on the grass when we stop for our break 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 JOTT20 badge after the event (as well as an extra hike on their hikes away score). We’ll also give JOTT20 souvenir badges to anybody else that would like one – just let us know how many on the health form. We’ll order them after the event when we know the numbers that attended and present them when they come through a few weeks later.

We’re social: Watch out for postings on our instagram page during the event.

Last year: You can see how we got on on our JOTT16 page. If you haven’t walked with us before then the photo album gives a good idea of the terrain and scenery – just remember that last year’s downs will be ups this year.

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2016

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail.

This was our fourth year of taking part and we had a record turnout as 12 Cubs were part of our group of 36 that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. We’d been worried that it might be a bit cool on the trail but in fact it was a gloriously sunny afternoon which made the views from the South Downs Way even more spectacular.

At the start we bumped into a number of other Cubs and leaders from Petworth & Pulborough District who had been doing a similar walk on Saturday morning.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT19 souvenir badge. (Hikes Away badges are awarded at levels 1, 2, 5 and 10 so not everybody will get a badge this time but their participation has been recorded and everybody received points for attending).

For more pictures please see our
Jamboree on the trail gallery

You can see what some other groups have been up to for JOTT by looking for #JOTT posts on Twitter. Just remember that we cannot be responsible for posts from other groups

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2015

Each year, on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail.

This was our third year of taking part and 5 Cubs were part of our group of 19 that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. After a damp morning the day turned out to be bright although a bit windy on the exposed sections of the route.

Cub leader, Nick Wainewright said “it’s the first time I’ve been part of Jamboree on the Trail and it has been a great afternoon. Shame we didn’t get more Cubs but the ones sitting at home have definitely missed out”

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT18 souvenir badge.

For more pictures please see our Jamboree on the trail gallery

You can see what some other groups have been up to for JOTT by looking for #JOTT posts on Twitter. Just remember that we cannot be responsible for posts from other groups

Report: Jamboree on the trail 2014

Each year on the second Saturday in May, Scouts from across the world are invited to take part in a hike as part of the international Jamboree on the trail. This was our second year of taking part and 7 Cubs were part of our group of 22 that returned to the South Downs. It was great that so many family members were able to join us for our hike. Despite strong winds and sometimes grey skies it stayed dry all afternoon.

We were pleased to bump into Scouts from 1st Barnham and 1st Rustington who were also walking along part of the Monarch’s Way for JOTT.

Each Cub that attended gets an extra hike added to their Hikes Away badge score and all our walkers will receive a JOTT17 souvenir badge.

For more pictures see our Jamboree on the trail gallery

We’re pleased to record that our story was published in the County Times.