Author: Stuart Ball

This ‘ere Damboree, what it’s all about?

It had occured to myself and Badger that we were getting a number of queries about what Damboree is, why we exist and most importantly what’s the point?

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New Website Design de-cloaked

Ahead of our push for 2019 we felt it was time to rethink some aspects of our content structure, update the colours scheme, fiddle with the layout and update to the latest major version of WordPress.

With this in mind, Stuart was prepped with the correct resources, 3 packets of Haribo, 1 large coffee, and two pints of beer, and spent the last Friday of 2018 hiding in his office playing with tech.

We’ve restructured the site to be more persona-based, so the Top Menu is themed around those visitor persona’s. Hopefully this will make content easier to access for new joiners and veteran Damboree-ers alike.

We’re keen to increase the Parent Persona content, so if you have anything you think would slot into that area, please get in touch.

Charity Badges Cross The Pond

Alex was the winning bidder, and once UPS had delivered the parcel he had this email for us…..Over to you Alex.

Just wanted to let you know the packaged arrived perfectly.

I am a Cub Scout den leader here in the US (cub scouts being children from the start of Kindergarten through 5th Grade (Years 1 through 6 I believe in the UK system)) and the dens are grade based, with the various dens forming a pack.

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John May – El Presidente

John May is a massive supporter of the youth of the world, through his activities as County Chair for Oxford Scouts, a trustee for the Sea Cadet Corp, and as Secretary general for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award.

His support of Damboree is immense, as he embraces what Damboree is about, changing things for the better, and getting young people engaged. More information can be found on his blog:

Lead, Follow, then get out of the way

Suzanne B. – Chief

Suzanne is looks after the badge shipping logistics for Damboree, which is a very key part of what we do. without her badges don’t get posted.

One of my earliest scout memories was been lucky enough to take my son camping with his beaver group.

My son now 23 years old can remember that night more than any expensive holiday abroad and still says it was the best holiday he had ever been on.

Sat around the fire and sleeping under canvas with his friends. Which most are still good friends.

It’s not just a camp but a bond is created

Suzanne B.

Stuart B. – Grumpy

Stuart looks after the IT, and other bits

I’ve been made to write something under duress. I am a returner to scouting after a long break. Was a scout leader for a spell and now I am Assistant District Commissioner – Special Projects for Milton Keynes, under their new DC. I do techie-stuff, but I am crap at colours.

Before becoming ADC, I done up and did some Beavering, helping out at Great Linford Beavers, so I fully appreciate how important getting Beavers right is. Good beavering, leads to good cubbing, which leads to awesome scouting. Beavers camping is the best way to embed the start of that journey, so I am right behind Andy and the rest of the Damboree Team…..nudging them in the back.

Ben K. – Badger


“All About Me and why I’m doing Damboree.
Since returning to Scouting with my own children I have been enthralled by the opportunities available to the Beaver section. The changes to POR in 2015 promoted me to follow the NAA path with a particular focus on Beaver events. Thanks to Andy Sissons’ guidance I have been been vocal in supporting this cause and challenging old held beliefs and myths. Having recently become one of Hampshire’s County NAA to allow current thinking to be taken to a larger audience and spread the good word further. While Beavers our currently the youngest section of Scouting they are not babies and should not be treated that way.
Beavers are Scouts and Scouts camp…”

Ben K.

Tony B. – UK Technical Nights Away Adviser

A classic Camp Kitchen

So having been in scouts since a cub some 42 years ago, Beavers not being around then, the best bit about scouting is getting out in tents with your mates enjoying the fun and outdoors.

I believe in getting this started as soon as possible, beavers getting used to camping outside, cubs learning to put up tents, scouts can then spend more time doing activities as they are already competent with tents meaning they can start doing passport camps earlier. True progression.

And of course it’s fun!

Beavers are capable of much more than they are given credit for, this is a chance to demonstrate this and I fully support it

Tony B.

Andy T. – Scottish Office

Andy T.

Like many parents, I got back involved in Scouts when my children joined Cubs and Beavers. It was my way of paying back in to the community. To keep an eye on my son, I started helping out at Beavers, and was soon running my own Colony. At weekend I help support the other sections and have regularly camped with Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. My second concurrent role in Scouting was to take up an appointment as an Assistant Regional Commissioner (Sections), which confirms that I live in sunny Scotland. More recently I have been involved in organising District Camps, running activity zones @ Lone Events, or sharing my love of paracord (only 53 colours) as a base.

I loved Andy’s idea of a Beaver Damboree. The challenge was to see if we could get others interested. It’s one thing on Facebook to post a comment, but something else to make a difference. I pulled together the questionnaire which quickly showed there was real interest out there. The desire has been to provide accurate and material virtual support and encouragement, to energise Beaver Leaders to think about camping with their Beavers and qualifying for their Campsite Permit. I don’t think any of us thought it would get ‘this big’.