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Jamboree 2008[edit]

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Jamboree 2008 was Scouting Ireland's first international Jamboree that was held from 2 until 10 August 2008. It took place on the grounds of the Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare, Ireland. The aim of the Jamboree was to celebrate one hundred years of Scouting in Ireland. Over 12,000 Irish and overseas Scouts attended.<ref name='irish times 1'>Template:Cite news</ref> The camp chief for Jamboree 2008 was Christy McCann.<ref name='herald 1'>Template:Cite news</ref> The Jamboree was curtailed due to adverse weather conditions on the ninth of August, and no closing ceremony was held. Subcamps were evacuated at speed, with many foreign or long distance troop being forced to shelter in the Punchestown Racecourse bar.

Punchestown Racecourse was chosen to host the Jamboree, having previously hosted the Creamfields, Witnness and Oxegen music festivals, and as such has often been used as a campsite for large numbers, however never for a duration of 10 days.

The jamboree opened with a bang on the second, with the opening ceremony being held using the same stage as the World Jamboree 2007. The celebrations team kept everyone thoroughly entertained until the arrival of Camp Chief Christy McCann who travelled to the opening ceremony in a coast guard helicopter. The flags of the attending countries were raised and the ceremony finished with a fireworks display.

Jamboree 2008 had its very own official radio station, called "Jam FM". The station broadcast on 95.9 FM and online to Local Kildare and west Wicklow areas via Three Rock Mountain. The format of the station was mainly commercial pop/rock and indie and with some talk. The station was headed by Robbie Daly (Station Manager), David Kelleher and Denzil Lacey (Assistant Station Managers). Presenters included, Stephen Daly of FM104 and Dublin's Q102.

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A full set of Subcamp badges accompanied by a full set of Subcamp pins forming a diamond

The campsite is split into a total of nine subcamps; six of these subcamps have been allocated to attending Scout groups and cub/macoimh packs. One subcamp has been allocated to Venture groups. One subcamp has been allocated to the families of staff. And the final subcamp has been allocated to Staff members.<ref>"Jam...", The pre-Jamboree Newsletter, Issue 2</ref>

Each subcamp is named after Irish geographical or heritage sites. Subcamp chiefs are also listed:
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The six elements logos that were placed all over the campsite and were printed on staff T-shirts, many sub-camps did not have this facility

The Beaver Day and Visitors Day were canceled due to torrential rain and flooding.<ref name='Leinster Leader'>Template:Cite news</ref>

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Camp Chief Challenge Pin

The Camp Chief Challenge was the most popular activity to take part in. This was a challenge set by the Camp Chief Christy McCann. It included doing activities in order to collect points. Anyone that managed to get 100 points or more was able to get the Camp Chief Challenge Pin. The easiest tasks were worth 5 points like getting the Camp Chief's signature, attending a Scouts' Own or visiting an information stand in the village. The hardest task, which was worth 20 points, was to have a meal with another troop/pack/unit.