Information Relevant to Fgura Scout Group Contingent Members Only

About the Haarlem Jamborette

Camp Fee and What’s Included

Full Jamboree Programme & Itenerary

Frequently Asked Questions

Tentage Allocation

Patrols Allocation

Personal Equipment Recommendations

Personal Camplist

Interesting Links


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About the Haarlem Jamborette


The Haarlem Jamborette was organised for the first time in 1979 and is organised every four years to coincide with the International Scout Jamboree.This year it is expected that there will be over 3000 camp participants from over 18 countries.

 The camp will last 10 days (we will be arriving one day before and leaving a day after) and will be held at the Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude (Spaarnwoude Recreational Area), a nature reserve located between Amsterdam, Haarlem and Velsen. This reserve has many hiking routes, a mountain bike track, swimming lakes and even a ski slope and a climbing wall. In addition, big events are held in the reserve every year, and in 2019 the Jamborette will be one of them.


This year the camp will be given a “Steampunk” theme with the title “Jamborette in Motion – Gear Up for Adventure” and the camp will be sub-divided into “sub-camps” called Rusty Railroad, Yellost In Time, Green Recycling Yard  as well as Orange Aviation Field which will be our group’s sub-camp.

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Camp Fee and What’s Included


The full camp fee for this event is €700 which has been collected from each participant in four instalments of €100, €250, €200 and €150 respectively.

This fee covers the following expenses:

-        Jamborette participation fee inc. excursions and all camp activities

-        3 Meals per day

-        Camping fee

-        Flights to/from Amsterdam Schiphol airport with AirMalta

-        Transfers to/from Schiphol Airport and the Campsite

-        Travel Insurance

-        Commemorative items – badges, scarf, mug, water bottle, etc..

-        Rental of equipment

-        Shipping of group equipment

-        Taxes

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What’s NOT Included?

Although the camp fee covers all the costs for essential items required to participate in the Jamborette, it does not cover any of the following:

-        Pocket money (Click Here for more information)

-        Snacks

-        Consumable personal items (eg. Shampoo, toothpaste, etc..)

-        Personal camping equipment (Click Here for more information)

-        Extra badges, scarves, T-shirts, etc… for swapping with other attendees (Click Here for more information)


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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get with me?

All participants are to get their normal camping gear including the Uniform Shirt, Malta scarf and the branded group activity wear (i.e. Blue T-Shirt, Hoody and Cap).  Keep in mind that although it is going to be summer, in Haarlem it can still get cold in the evenings (around 12oC) while it can get quite warm during the day (around 20oC).  Also expect windy and rainy weather!  With your packing list make sure you include some extra Maltese scouting souvenirs for exchange (Such as badges, scarves, T-shirts, etc..).  We will not accept anybody removing badges or any other item from their official uniform for exchange! 

Make sure you do not carry too many expensive items (such as mobiles, mp3 players, cameras, etc…) as these items might be cumbersome to carry around and our tents will be unattended for most of the time.  The group will not take responsibility for any personal property that is lost, stolen or damaged during the trip.


What are the luggage restrictions and recommendations for Air Malta?

It is important that all your belongings are packed in a single luggage item (preferably a rucksack) not exceeding 18kg. Although Air Malta allows up to 20kg per luggage, we will be pooling the remaining 2kg per person to cover the weight of some our tents which will be travelling with us, so it is important that this weight limitation is strictly adhered to.

You are also allowed 1 piece of hand luggage (click here for hand-luggage restrictions) not exceeding 10kg. Make sure that this is a comfortable backpack so that you can use it to carry your stuff around with you for the camp activities.


How much pocket money should I bring?

Although the official currency in the Netherlands is the Euro, the camp site will use its own currency called the Jambo.  These are plastic coins in a variety of designs that can be used to pay for anything that you may want to buy during the Jamborette.  There will be a Jambo bank at the campsite to exchange our Euros into Jambos. 

There will be a Jambo Shop at the campsite which will sell souvenirs, consumables and emergency camping supplies.  The Jambo Shop will accept both Jambo and Euro currencies.

You can bring as much pocket money as you are ready to spend however please do not bring any more than €170 each.  We recommend that you budget approx.. €10-€12 per day (i.e. a total of €100-€120) for some souvenirs and snacks.  That way you should have sufficient pocket money for the whole camp.

Pocket money will be collected by the group leaders prior to the camp and it will be held by the leaders for the duration of the camp for safe keeping.  Every morning you can ask your leaders to “withdraw” as much pocket money as you need.  You will be given a balance-sheet where you can keep track of what you’re spending and how much pocket money you have left.


Will I be able to call / chat with my family back home?

It is still not clear whether the campsite will be equipped with telephone booths, but even if these will be available, calls to Malta will most probably be quite expensive.

The campsite will be equipped with an Internet Café – so participants can contact their friends and families by using Skype or other instant messaging services.  Please consider that these facilities might be over-crowded, making it difficult to contact home frequently.  As a general rule parents should rest assured that “no news is good news”.  On the other hand we will try our best to keep our Facebook page up to date with the latest news and photos.


Is it possible to charge my mobile battery?

We cannot guarantee a power connection at any time – and please keep in mind that we’ll be camping in what is essentially a very large field in the middle of a nature park.  If really necessary, it would be wise to get an extra charged battery with you or a pre-charged portable mobile charger.


How much does it cost to use my mobile phone in the Netherlands?

According to the latest EU-wide regulations, there will be no difference in call/data charges when roaming to a country within the EU.  However some restrictions may apply depending on the operator.  If you intend to use your phone during the Jamborette we strongly recommend that you contact your mobile service provider in advance to confirm that EU Roaming is enabled and to ensure that no additional charges/restrictions apply to your plan.


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Full Jamboree Programme

Every day will have a different theme and activities to go with it, organised by these teams: Aqua, Trail, Hikes, Sports, Arts & Crafts and Jambo-Tours.

Aqua will take everyone away from the campsite for some fun on the water, for example a nice boat trip, sailing or canoeing. 

Trail will organise proper scout and outdoor activities on and around the campsite. Do you dare to go on the high zipwire?

With Sports you will be active (or perhaps not so active) on the sports field. 

Hikes will take you to see a bit more of the area, and so will Jambo-Tours when they take you on a cultural trip.

You will be able to use all your creative talent during the Arts & Crafts and Technology activities, where you will build things or get active with drama or dancing.

In addition to the set programme during the day, there will also be several drop-in activities during the day and in the evening, including surfing the Internet in the Internet café, helping out with Jamborette’s own radio show at Jamboradio and the famous Frisbee Tournaments that have become a traditional part of the Jamborette.


Day 1 – Sat 27th July:

-        0510hrs:            Meet at Malta International Airport departures lounge

-        0540hrs:            Baggage check-in

-        0650hrs:            Board the plane

-        0720hrs:            Take-Off!!

-        1040hrs:            Arrive at Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport

-        1100hrs:            Baggage Reclaim

-        1115hrs:            Take coach to Recreatiegebied Spaarnwoude campsite

-        1215hrs:            Arrive at Campsite and start pitching tents!

Day 2 – Sun 28th July

-        All Day:             Camp-Opening

Day 3 – Mon 29th July

-        All day: Trail / Sports

-        Evening: Free

Day 4 – Tue 30th July

-        All Day: Big Excursion

-        Evening: Free

Day 5 – Wed 31st July

-        All Day: Arts & Crafts / Aqua

-        Evening: Free

Day 6 – Thur 1st August

-        All Day: Hikes / Jambo Tours

-        Evening: Free

Day 7 – Fri 2nd August

-        All Day: Sports / Trail

Day 8 – Sat 3rd August

-        All Day: Free

-        Evening: Disco

Day 9 – Sun 4th August

-        All Day: Reflection / Open Day

-        Evening: Frisbee Final

Day 10 – Mon 5th August

-        All Day: Arts & Crafts / Aqua

-        Evening: Free

Day 11 – Tue 6th August

-        All Day: Hikes / Jambo Tours

-        Evening: Closing Ceremony

Day 12 – Wed 7th August:

-        0630hrs:            Dismantling of tents & packing

-        0930hrs:            Take coach to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

-        1000hrs:            Baggage Check-In

-        1100hrs:            Board the Plane

-        1130hrs:            Take Off

-        1425hrs:            Land at Malta International Airport

-        1500hrs:            Baggage Reclaim

-        1540hrs:            Head back home for a looooong sleep!


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Tentage Allocation


We’ll tell you about this later on…. Sit tight!


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Patrols Allocation


We’ll be dividing ourselves into four patrols with cool Steampunk names:

-        Clockwork Patrol

-        Rivets Patrol

-        Locomotive Patrol

-        Raygun Patrol


But we’re not telling you what patrol you’ll be in….yet!



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Personal Equipment Recommendations


Sleeping Bags

figureThe ideal sleeping bag is a three-season sleeping bag with a temperature/comfort rating of around 1 to 8 degrees Celsius.  However for a Maltese climate a two-season sleeping bag is generally sufficient and has the added advantage of being lighter and more compact.

A good three-season bag should see you through a chilly evening in spring and not overheat you during a warm night.

Mummy-shaped bags are more efficient at keeping the body warm. However, some people find them constricting.


Waterproof Jackets

http://www.wigglestatic.com/product-media/5360062565/DHB_SYNC_JACKET_PAIR.jpg?w=430&h=430&a=7Waterproof jackets tend to be differentiated by a number of features:

·        High collar – to protect from wind-chill

·        Taped seams – To prevent water ingress

·        Dropped tail – to prevent trousers getting wet

·        Under arm zips – to increase ventilation and breathability

·        Pockets – to stash your essentials.

·        Hoods   Important to keep your hair and head dry.  Some jackets also come with peaked hoods which help improve visibility.


Haversacks / Backpacks

Parts of a BackpackSupport: An aluminum or HDPE (high-density polyethylene) frame sheet for load support, used to transfer the weight of the load to your hip belt.

Suspension system: This refers to the load-supporting system of shoulder straps, Packs offer either Adjustable or Fixed Suspension. Adjustable Suspension allows you to fine-tune the fit of your pack to match your torso size.

Ventilation:    Internal-frame backpacks hold the pack close to your body, restricting air flow and allowing sweat build-up on your back.  External-frames allow more air flow but can be more cumbersome and heavy.

Packbag: The materials used in packbags seek to find a balance between durability and weight.

Top lid: This top pocket offers extended capacity

Hip belt: When evaluating hip belts, consider their comfort and adjustability.

Other load-bearing straps: Most packs help keep the load close to your body by using load-lifter straps. These are located just below the tops of your shoulders

Attachment points: These allow you to attach gear to the outside of your pack if you have the need.

Rain covers: Backpack interiors are waterproof treated, yet during a rainstorm water can still get through seems and zippers. You may simply use a trash bag, but many packs have a rain cover to shelter your pack from bad weather.

More Info: If you want some more help choosing a rucksack, check out this fantastic guide here.


Hiking Shoes/Boots


ROCKY TRAIL STALKER WATERPROOF LOW HIKING SHOEEnsuring a good fit is the key part of the boot-selection process.

Light hiking shoes: Resembling burly running shoes, low-cut models with flexible midsoles are excellent for day hiking.


Hiking boots

Hiking boots: These mid- or high-cut models are intended for day hikes or weekend backpacking trips with light loads. They often flex easily and require little break-in time, but they lack the support and durability of stout backpacking boots.


Hiking boots

Backpacking boots: These mare designed to carry heavier loads on multiday trips deep into the back-country. Durable and supportive, with stiffer midsoles than lighter footwear, they are suitable for on- or off-trail travel.


Hiking Socks

Whichever boots or shoes you’re wearing, your feet will inevitably take a bit of a pounding on a long hike or climb, and cushioned walking socks are designed to give extra protection to those areas that take the most punishment.

Look for socks with extra padding around the heel and ball of the foot.  Hiking socks are designed to keep your feet warm or cool, so make sure to choose the socks which are best suited to the climate you’ll be walking in.


Mess Kits

Coleman Stainless Steel Mess KitA mess kit is a set of personal eating and cooking equipment that’s portable enough for camping. Often, the pieces (a cook pot, bowl, cup, etc.) nest together in a compact package that fits easily inside a backpack.



Light My Fire MealKit 2.0These packages are generally lighter weight and more affordable than buying each piece individually. Mess Kits materials can vary from plastic to stainless steel and aluminum, depending on what your outdoor needs are.




Sleeping Mats

Sleeping mats provide two vital benefits: cushioning and insulation. Cushioning might seem like a pad's most useful function, but often more important is its ability to insulate your body from cold surfaces.

Foam Mats

Foam sleeping padThese basic backpacking pads feature dense foam filled with tiny closed air cells.

Pros: They’re lightweight, inexpensive, durable and offer excellent insulation. Plus, they won't absorb water.

Cons: They can be less comfortable. They’re relatively stiff and firm, so they tend to be bulky.



Self-Inflating Mats

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Self-inflating_mat.jpgSelf-inflating mats offer a combination of open-cell foam insulation and air. Open the mat's valve and air fills the vacuum automatically.


Pros: They’re comfortable and compact, they offer excellent insulation and you can adjust their firmness.

Cons: They’re heavier than simple foam pads and more expensive. They can be punctured or ripped, though field repairs are not difficult.


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Interesting Links


More information about things to do in Spaarnwoude Recreational Area can be found here:



Other interesting links can be found here:









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