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Health, Hygiene and Risk Management | 22nd New Zealand Scout Jamboree

Health, Hygiene and Risk Management


Check your Scouts and Leaders carefully before departing for Jamboree.  If one of them is looking or feeling unwell, leave them behind for a few days to recover.

The last thing you need to do is import an ill person into your camp and have them sharing firstly a car, bus or plane, and then a tent with up to 6 others in close quarters.

The other essential action is to outfit everyone with water bottles and make sure they are drinking regularly.  Don’t ask if they have had a drink, they may answer honestly “yes” (but it was probably 3 hours ago.)

Ask “when did you last have a drink?”  The answer you are seeking is “within the last 30 minutes”.  Nearly all stomach trouble in camp is caused by lack of fluids.

And that about says it all in respect to health.  If the scouts are well when they arrive, and the hygiene standard is high, there is a pretty fair chance they will stay that way.


A daily shower, a change of clothes and hand washing and sanitizing before preparing and eating food is the answer to any hygiene issues. Ensure it becomes a habit at your Troop camps before the Jamboree and it will not become an issue at the Jamboree.

• All Troops are required to have soap and water and sanitizer at the camp gateway and ensure everyone including visitors use it as they arrive. Don’t provide a towel. Let them drip dry.
• Sanitizer is also required in the kitchen and dining room and every person should use it before picking up their plate and utensils.
• All food scraps and garbage must be placed into plastic rubbish bags and put out for collection or disposal every morning.
• Table tops and kitchen work surfaces must be washed down and wiped with surface disinfectant after each meal.

Risk management

Risk Management is everyone’s responsibility. The Jamboree will have systems and templates to use however troops need to develop a risk management plan for their travel and for their troop site. Get the older scouts and Patrol Leaders to assist with this as it is excellent opportunity for training.

Below are some simple actions that will minimize the risk of injury in camp. Most injuries will be caused by horse play or high spirits so be aware of the mood in camp and be prepared to moderate behaviour trends.

• Do not run inside the camp site. Walk smartly if in a hurry.
• Hammer tent pegs until flush with the ground, or put empty tins or plastic bottles over them or light with a garden solar light so they are highly visible.
• Ensure there are no exposed ends of timber sticking out of gateways and flagpoles etc and likely to catch the eyes and face.
• Air the tents every day and keep them tidy, and clothes dry and packed away and not likely to trip people.
• Limit the number of people in the kitchen so the Duty Patrol can move quickly and safely when needed.