Preparations for the biggest event of the Scouting calendar are well underway, with the site of AJ2022 recently announced!
Planning has begun in earnest for the 26th Australian Jamboree to be held at Elmore, Victoria, in January 2022.
Right now there’s a few things you can do to keep up to date with the biggest event on the Scouts Australia calendar:
Over the past 12 months the Jamboree team has analysed dozens of locations, met with state and local government, and assessed sites for cost, facilities, program and many other factors.
Elmore ticked all the boxes:
Elmore is a small town (population 776), north of Bendigo on the Campaspe River. Its main claim to fame is that it is the home of the Elmore Field Days site.
Check out the Elmore bakery, the cafe, the three pubs, and Elmore Oil, a local treatment for arthritis, made from eucalyptus oil.
The Field Days site is 154 hectares, including buildings and an airstrip. The venue has hosted a range of events from the annual Field Days in October, to product launches, club national rallies, industry expos, hundreds of equestrian events, and the 21st Australian Jamboree in January 2007.
Details are still being finalised but AJ2007 included a trip to the port of Echuca on the Murray for paddle steamers and activities on the football ground; a City tour around Bendigo and the Central Deborah mine; an activity called Bushwacked on a private property on the Campaspe river; and a day of water activities at Lake Nagambie (was to be Lake Cooper, then Lake Eppalock, then the drought decided Nagambie).
Elmore is midway between Bendigo, Echuca and Shepparton, so it is central to a heap of great locations for adventurous activity.
Victorian Scouts will be pleased to visit areas that are new to most of them, as opposed to a day in the CBD.