Duke of Edinburgh Award Residential

(and Queen’s Scout/Queen’s Guide etc)

“The aim of the Residential section is to inspire participants through a concentrated involvement with people they don’t know, who are often from different backgrounds, and bring alternative views to the challenges they will face. The Residential section broadens their experiences by empowering them to make a difference in a team-based residential setting.”

Volunteers @ Kernow
Thanks to the massive amount of hard work by hundreds of volunteers, the “Kernow Jamboree 2013” event was a fantastic success with over 1200 young people from across Cornwall, the UK and as far afield as Japan joining together for a week long activity packed experience.

The Kernow Jamboree provides an amazing opportunity for youngsters to enjoy a spectacular week of adventure in the heart of Cornwall’s beautiful countryside, offsite visits to Cornish beaches and Sibblyback reservoir ensured that our visitors from further afield experienced a true taste of life in Cornwall.

The Jamboree team built a town in the Cornish countryside with electricity, fresh water, Wi-Fi and enough adventurous activities to provide a week of fun and excitement. The evenings were filled with live music and entertainment from our stage area on the lawn of Pencarrow House.

This unique opportunity would not be possible without the help of so many volunteers from across Cornwall and much further afield. In 2013 we were lucky enough to have a Canadian Scout Leader visit the UK primarily to join us and run our eco activities, providing a lasting legacy by clearing overgrown areas of the estate and surveying the wildlife across the site.

No Scouting/Guiding Experience? No Problem
Whilst many of the volunteers who work so hard come to us from across Scouting and Girl Guiding we are also incredibly grateful to have the help of Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers from external groups who join us for a week of service – we try to ensure the hard work is balanced out by the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy the Cornish Scouting/Guiding hospitality. Plenty of Scouters and Guiders have been through the DofE adventure so you can rest assured you’ll be made welcome, whatever your background.

Applicants aged over 18 at the time of the Jamboree will need to process some additional paperwork and DBS checks.

What do we need? We need volunteers to join our team and help us run the Jamboree, from building the site to helping run activities, cleaning toilets (always popular), selling food and drink, providing staff with catering, keeping everyone safe in the arena or escorting visitors around the site (in 2013 Bear Grylls and David Walliams flew in to see us). Everyone working as part of the staff team will get role specific training as well as safeguarding training. Those with specific skills, qualifications or interests might be placed in a team to take advantage of this, such as helping run specific activities.

What do we offer? In return we hope that we provide a week of fun and friendship. For the “staff” fee of £70 we’ll feed you three meals a day and provide all the tea and coffee to keep you going as well as time off to relax and enjoy the delights of life at a Jamboree. In the evenings, we have live music, entertainment and an opportunity to chill out in our staff only area of the campsite. We’ll do our best to get you there from local train or bus stations too.

What Next? There’s more detail on our website or get in touch with our staff team staff@kernowjamboree.org.uk. We’d love to hear from you and welcome you to our team.

Thank you The Kernow Jamboree Team

Part of the DofE Residential experience is to spend time with people you don’t know in an unfamiliar setting – in line with guidelines we will be limiting the number of applicants permitted to take part from each Explorer/Senior Section Unit, School/College Group or workplace scheme.

Key jamboree Dates:
Participants will arrive at Kernow Jamboree on Saturday 29th July and leave on Saturday 5th August, we hope some of our staff volunteers will be able to join us from Wednesday 26th July and stay for a few days afterwards to help us set up and take down the site. Our staff “thank you party” will be held on the evening of the 5th August.

  • Wednesday 26th July “Build Team” arrive on site to get ready
  • Saturday 29th July Arrivals day, around 1500 participants and their leaders arrive from across the UK setup their campsites and enjoy the Jamboree Opening Ceremony
  • Wednesday 2nd August Cub and Brownie Visitor day – 500 additional youngsters join us for a fun day
  • Friday 4th August Jamboree Closing Ceremony
  • Saturday 5th August Participants leave and make their way home Staff Party on Saturday evening
  • Tuesday 8th August Site cleared and everyone home
  • There are opportunities for DofE participants to attend the event for a five-day (or more) period of your choosing incorporating the build/event or takedown phase.