Chamboree is an International Scout Camp for Scouts and Guides aged 10-17 from all over the world and held every four years in Cheshire. The year’s event was held at the Cheshire Showground at Tabley, near Knutsford from 28th July to 4th August. Over 5,000 visitors attended this year’s Chamboree camp where participants joined in for a week of fun, freedom, and adventure. There was an exciting programme of activities every day packed full of unique and exciting opportunities to make new and lasting friendships. Complementing this programme of activities there was a fantastic range of arena events and evening entertainment throughout the camp, right from day one.
The Provincial Grand Master RWBro Stephen Martin Blank and other invited VIP’s just before their guided tour around the Chamboree 2018 Camp, pictured next to Lord Baden-Powell’s Rolls Royce.
Stephen Blank and Michael Shiels, Cheshire’s Provincial Scout Ambassador met Timothy Walker from the 7th Warrington Scouts and congratulated him on him achieving his Queens Scout Award, the highest accolade a Scout can receive.
Hospitality in the form of canapés and drinks were provided, beautifully prepared by the Chamboree Scouts catering team.
Pictured centre is WBro Edward Appleton who is the County Treasurer for Cheshire Scouts and also holds the prestigious accolade of Queens Scout himself.
This followed a presentation by Graham Phillips, County Commissioner for Cheshire Scouts in the Theatre. Graham explained that “…the work and morals that youngsters attending the event gain are valuable for the future of British society and beyond”, this is great to hear today as was similarly iterated by Baden-Powell himself who said of Scouting: ‘Our principles are closely allied with those of the Freemason, being those of Brotherhood and Service.’
Graham went on the say that all the 1000+ staff that were supporting the event were volunteers. The total cost of the event is over £1M and gives the young people as well as older generation the experience, skills and aptitude to succeed in life. In attendance during the whole week are 5000+ individuals with a number coming from overseas.
The whole event is branded as an International Scout and Guide Camp and with that being held in Cheshire, shows that the support of Cheshire Freemasonry is shown in both gratitude and sincerity from all that attended at Wednesday’s event.
Finally there was a parade and theatre show with a pirate theme being at the forefront, as being explained by Graham Philips to both the Stephen Blank and Michael Shiels.
Freemasonry in Cheshire was also being promoted in the catering tent where WBro Ron Evans and his team were running a tombola to raise money and awareness for Teddies for Loving Care Appeal (TLC). Ron and his team spent time talking with prospective new members by taking enquiries and explaining the importance of the similarities between masonry in general and the Scouting movement especially in relation to the forthcoming Prestonian Lecture at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London on 18th August.