General Information

What is a Jamboree?

A Jamboree is a massive National camp for Scouts aged 11-14. Most Scouts get only one chance in their life to enjoy a Jamboree as a Scout. Leaders, Venturers, and Rovers can also attend – they help out with running the event.

A Jamboree is 10 days of action, expeditions, entertainment, and daily life, camping with around 11,500 others. Australian Jamboree began in 1934 and is held every four years. World Jamborees are held every four years.

The 26th Australian Jamboree is called AJ2025 for short.

Why a Jamboree?

The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development of young people. A Jamboree is a crash course in the Scout program, an intense 10 days with friends old and new. Scouting is linked to increased resilience in young people, and benefits like more positive mental health, that last a lifetime. Scouts will have cared for themselves and helped others, done their share of cooking and other chores, while enjoying an amazing range of new experiences – from rock concerts to adventurous expeditions. Plus, time to chill out and recharge for more fun. A Jamboree is just two weeks away from home, but Scouts come home feeling two years older! It’s an experience you will never forget.

When is the Jamboree?

AJ2025 opens on Monday, January 6, 2025. It closes on the night of Thursday, January 15. There will also be a visitor’s day and we will let you know when soon.

The Victorian Contingent will travel on January 5 and return January 17.

How long is the Jamboree?

The Jamboree is 10 days on the Jamboree site at Maryborough, plus a day or two of traveling to and from home. Victoria will be departing Victoria on January 5 and returning to Victoria on January 17.

Where is the Jamboree?

Australian Jamborees rotate around the Australian mainland States. AJ2025 will be held at the Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park in Maryborough, Queensland. This is where AJ2013 was held!

Am I eligible to go to AJ2025?

The complete eligibility requirements for all participants – Scouts, Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts, and Leaders – can be found here.

Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts, and Leaders of all types can also help out and enjoy the Jamboree.

What is the age range for the Jamboree?

To attend as a Scout, you must be a registered Scout in the Scout Section.

Can Venturer Scouts attend AJ2025?

Yes! Venturer Scouts can attend Jamboree with the Victorian Contingent as Junior Service Leaders, including 15 year olds.

See Venturer Scouts at AJ2025 for more details.

What Program Achievements do I need to be eligible to go to AJ2025?

Scouts must be actively working towards or have completed Milestone 1, as well as completed Outdoor Adventure Skills Stage 3 in Bushcraft, Bushwalking, and Camping.

When do registrations open?

Registrations are now Open!

Register for AJ2025 Here

What is a Jamboree Unit?

A Jamboree Unit includes up to 36 Scouts and usually four adult Leaders from your home State.

The Unit has six Patrols, and each Patrol has a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. Jamboree Units usually meet well before the Jamboree so everyone gets to know each other.

(And, sometimes, for a post-Jamboree reunion.)

Will I be with my home Unit?

Yes, and your home Unit will be joined by Scouts from a few other Scout Groups from your State to form a Jamboree Unit of approximately 36 Scouts.

This is one of the best parts about a Jamboree – new friends from new places. You may even have Scouts from overseas in your Jamboree Unit.

What if no one else from my Scout Group is attending?

Not a problem at all! We will ensure you are allocated to a Jamboree Unit and made to feel welcome. This is a great way to make heaps of new friends.

Can I visit my Scout at AJ2025?

Families can visit the Jamboree on one of the Visitors days:

  • Friday 10 January 2025 - Visitors Day
  • Saturday 11 January 2025 - Visitors Day / Future Scout Day
  • Sunday 12 January 2025 - Visitors Day

Future Scout Day offers the opportunity for Cub Scouts to visit the Jamboree site and get a true insight into what Scouts is all about!

We are overseas Scouts. Who can we contact to find out more?

Visit www.aj2025.com.au/contingents and select International. There is ample information there to assist you in attending AJ2025.

What will Scouts do?

There will be a vast array of on-site activities, both day and night, along with several significant off-site activities. Scouts will also partake in quieter activities around the campsite, enjoy live nighttime entertainment, socialize and forge new friendships, and fulfill their duties when they’re the Duty Patrol.

More information about the Jamboree program will be made available at aj2025.com.au/program soon.

What’s on for night entertainment?

Traditional Jamboree highlights include the opening and closing ceremonies, live music, talent shows, comedy, and the radio station. However, AJ2025 is planning some exclusive entertainment highlights. Stay tuned for more details!

How diverse is the badge collection?

AJ2025 promises an assortment of unique badges for the event. Enthusiastic badge collectors will also bring a multitude of designs to exchange, so brace yourself for a vast and vibrant badge trading experience!

Can I use the AJ2025 and Victorian Contingent logos and artwork?

Of course! Spread the AJ2025 spirit through websites, social media, and other platforms. However, ensure you utilise the official AJ2025 font and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Brand Book. Check out AJ2025 Marketing Materials for more info.

Can AJ2025 and VicCon logos and artwork be used for fundraising?

Absolutely! While public fundraisers and events should clearly mention AJ2025 as their purpose, localised items (like jams or tea towels) can proudly flaunt the logo. 

For clothing exclusive to your Jamboree Unit, the logo is a go! 

However, rights to official AJ2025 merchandise are reserved by Scouts Australia. If in doubt about logo usage, drop a mail at marketing@aj2025.com.au.

How can I contribute to AJ2025 as a Leader?

Being a Scout Leader within a Jamboree Unit is an immensely rewarding role at every Jamboree. 

While the responsibilities are plenty, the experience you gain and the perspectives you see are unmatched. AJ2025 welcomes Leaders with diverse expertise or even those eager to learn and evolve. 

Reach out to the Victorian Contingent team or consider being a part of the event’s planning. When registering enter skills and preferences in the application.

What kind of merchandise is anticipated?

While specifics will be unveiled as the event nears, expect merchandise like apparel (jumpers, shirts, hats), scarves, stickers, mascots, badges, towels, eyewear, and more! These items will be available online and at the Scout Shop at the Jamboree location.

What preparations are needed before AJ2025?

Apply now here

In anticipation of the Jamboree, undertake fundraising efforts, complete necessary achievements in program, and log at least 10 nights of camping as a Scout, with a minimum of three continuous nights. 

Afterwards, get your gear set!

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