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1st Ashbourne

Guides & Seniors


Previous camps include -

2003: 'Locko Park' county camp, Derbyshire

2004: Pax Ho Campsite, Derbyshire.

2005:' Peak 2005' International Camp, Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire.

2006: Beaudesert Scout Camp Staffordshire

2007: Glenbrook Guide Camp Derbyshire.

2008: "CTT" Activity camp, Hertfordshire.  

2009: "Malvern challenge" nr Cheltenham (girls 13yrs+)

2009: "Kent Internatioal Jamboree" Kent

2010: Midlands water weekend Trent Lock (girls 13yrs +)

2010: "Peak 2010" International Jamboree Derbyshire

2011: Midlands water weekend Trent Lock - (girls 13yrs +)

2011: 'Gilwell 24', nr London - (Seniors only)

2011: 'Charnwood 2011' International camp - Leicestershire

2012: 'Commonwealth camp weekend' Derbyshire - (for girls 13+ completing their Commonwealth award)

2012: 'Malvern Challenge' (Guides/Seniors upto 14yrs)- Gloucestershire.

2012: 'Sun Run' (Seniors 15yrs >) Gloucestershire

2013: Midlands water weekend Trent Lock (girls 13yrs +)

2013: "Kent International Jamboree" Kent.

2014: Midlands water weekend Trent Lock (girls 13yrs +)

2014: 'Chamboree 2014' - Cheshire .

2015: Midlands water weekend Trent Lock (girls 13yrs +)

2015: 'Peak 2015' - Derbyshire's International Jamboree

2016: -'Charnwood 2016' International Jamboree - Leicestershire


International Opportunities - In addition to our camps and trips in the UK, members of Seniors have also taken up the opportunity with GGUK to visit - Holland, Denmark, France , Africa and India

KIJ (kent International Jamboree) 2017 camp

Once again it's time for us to think about next year’s camp; we will be attending -KIJ 17. This is a weeklong international camp catering for Guides & Scouts 10.5 yrs+ (at start of camp), Seniors & Explorers aged between 14 & 18 yrs from the UK and around the world.

When: Saturday 29th July to Saturday 5th August 17

Where: Kent Showground, Maidstone Kent

What will we be doing? An exciting range of activities are planned. Participants will take part in zones which test and develop skills and create opportunities to make new friends. They will have a go at adventurous activities such as climbing, abseiling, archery, cratestacking and fun activities such as inflatables, waterslide; dance, drama and music workshops; there will also be arts, craft and science based activities. Certain activities will be designed specifically for Seniors and Explorers such as a driving school and light aircraft/microlight experience. Everyone will be taken off-site on two separate occasions – one to enjoy a ‘water activity session’ which may include rafting and kayaking or power boating and sailing; secondly for a ‘visit day’, we hope the Guides will visit Chatham Ancient Dockyard and Seniors will spend the day sightseeing in London including a trip up the Thames. Girls will be accompanied by our leaders & helpers on all occasions.

Each evening there will be a programme of entertainment to include showcases, films, campfires and of course the ever popular discos. Parents please don’t worry as these are all very well supervised! There will also be a completely separate programme of evening age appropriate activities for Seniors and Explorers.

Tell me more: There will be six sub camps expected to cater for over 5000 young people and volunteers. As always security and safety will be paramount and all campers will have to wear a KIJ necker and lanyard to show their identity at all times and all adults involved in any way will off course be DBS checked.

What will it cost? The fee at will be capped at £260 per Guide and £270 per Senior (the additional fee for Seniors is to cover the extra cost of their day in London). The cost will include KIJ fee, the programme of activities; KIJ T-shirt, unit t-shirt, necker & badge; hire and transport of equipment; all food, gas and catering requirements as well as insurance. The large cost of transport however is not completely covered and the remainder will be met by fundraising, which those attending will be expected to help with, this will hopefully include bag-packing at Christmas if we can secure any.

Payment - will be split into 4 instalments: Deposit of £80 due 7th of November, 2nd instalment of £60 due 1st Feb, 3rd instalment of £60 due 1st April and final instalment of £60 (£70 seniors) due 1st June.

IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE - All payments are non refundable if girls change their mind or are unable to attend for any reason. We will however do our best to re-fill places if possible; only if the place is re-filled will monies be returned. Therefore we recommend you check if your families travel policy covers the trip and if concerned take out a policy that does.

Booking: We would like replies by November 7th at the latest; please return the attached slip to secure or decline a camp place. KIJ is an extremely popular camp and places fill very quickly; the places we as a unit can offer will be limited due to transport constraints. After I confirm our booking in November we may be able to add girls at a later date, but this will depend on availability of KIJ and transport space – it therefore cannot be guaranteed.


If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 01335 330327, or have a chat with one of our leaders after Monday’s Guide/Seniors meeting.







Just some of the activities that we have tried:

Abseiling, Back woods cooking, Street hockey, Canoeing, Archery, Climbing, Crafts, Hiking, Tag rugby, Pioneering, Rifles, Sailing, Circus skills, Swimming, Nature hike, Bell ringing, Orienteering, Raft building, Cycling, Crate stacking, Tree climbing, Coracles, Wide Games, Greasy pole, Pot holeing, Night line, Football, It’s a knockout!, Wood carving, Adventure course, Stage dance, Zip wire, Stilt walking, Well Dressing, Semaphore, Moon hopping, Disability awareness, Low Ropes, Obstacle course, Pyrography, Power kiting, Tug of War, Steel band, Zumba, Mountain biking, Judo, Wood turning, Boomerang, Marine/RAF tactics,  Water Aid, Kayaking, Wogglemaking, Glass engraving, Ultimate frisbee, High ropes, Scuba diving, Karting, Drama skills, Mountain boarding, Ice climbing, Powerboating, horse riding, Quad biking, Zorbing, Wheel chair basket ball, Slack lining, Segways and some of our girls have even been up in a light plane and tried micro-lighting! Pheww

What we have done - We have sat around many a campfire, sang far too many camp songs, been entertained by pop groups and bands; taken part in talent contests and sports competitions. Witnessed beautiful sunsets and the occasional shooting star. We’ve seen the most amazing firework displays and screamed until we are horse on the odd fair ground ride or two.

We've slept out under the stars, been up at the crack of dawn, gone to bed far too late; even survived over 24hrs without going to bed at all!  Eaten camp grub both fab and bad (some of us have even remember Shelia’s porridge!).

We have met people from all over the world, made lifelong friends; have paddled knee deep in mud, been wetter than wet, had to lather in sun lotion (it is sometimes hot!); there have been a few tears (but they were from the Leaders!) and loads and loads and loads of laughs.

But most important of all we’ve made memories that will simply last our lifetimes!!!!

Camp is simply GREAT.   

Camp Comments -

Just a selection of what our girls said about camp

"It was the best week of my life!"

"I didn't want to come home"

"Can you show my mum how to make spaghetti bolognaise please!"

"The activities were amazing"

"Marshmallows and hot chocolate before bed - yum"

"Thought I'd be home sick, but no way!"

"Oh, so thats how you use a potato peeler"

"Raft building........ the best activity ever"

"Favourite bit - activities; worst bit night loo duty- yuk!"

"Even the rain didn't dampen our spirits"

"Last night disco .... yey"

"Can you book now for next year? ....pretty please"

"So many people in one place, all out to have fun -just brilliant"

"I made just the best mates ever"

"I hate washing up - where's a dishwasher when you need one?"

"Count me in for next camp now"

"Gladiator game was brill - I knocked the stuffing out of a Scout - Wow"

"Slip n slide - I never laughed so much"

"I tried so many things I never thought I'd dare to"

"It's a knock-out, the most fun I've ever had"

"The rave's were awsome!!!!!!!!!"

"My friend said Guide camp would be boring she is  just sooooo wrong!"

"Micro lighting...can't believe I did it"

"Best bit  - arriving; worst bit - having to go home!!!!!!!!!!"