We are saddened to have to let you all know that the Essex International Jamboree that was to take place in August this year has been cancelled by the organising team. This is due to the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak and the financial impact on the organisers in the event of cancellation outside of their control.
A large number of Scouts and Explorers from 3rdCB were due to attend. Those that had paid deposits will be refunded in due course.
More information regarding this and any other camps will be sent out following discussions between the leader team, and we thank you for your patience in the meantime.
Full statement from the Essex Jamboree Camp Chiefs:
Wed 11 March 2020
In light of the developing Coronavirus situation and the significant financial risk to Essex County Scouts and Girlguiding Essex Counties if our event has to be cancelled at short notice by measures out of our control, discussions have taken place with our charity trustees as to the viability of continuing with Essex International Jamboree 2020. Insurers have issued notification that claims in respect of Coronavirus are unlikely to be covered.
As a consequence of these discussions, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel Essex International Jamboree 2020.
We are aware this is extremely disappointing for the 9000+ participants, leaders and volunteer staff.
We have taken the decision that all fees paid to EIJ2020 by groups and volunteer staff will be refunded. Your Group Leader has been informed of the process to follow in order to claim this money back. Please be patient. All our staff are volunteers and we will make every effort to make payments promptly but with a large number of individual payments to be made, this will take time. Please note, we cannot reimburse any monies spent on travel or other activity linked to EIJ2020.
Please discuss any concerns you have with your Group Leader.
Yours in Guiding & Scouting
Karen Packer & Paul Walker
Joint Jamboree Chiefs