iJam@Bham is an opportunity for members from across the County to come together for a virtual County Camp and a series of summer weekly challenges.
With section specific challenges, all section events and even a leaders social, we aim to engage with as many Birmingham Scouters as possible. And there will even be 2 badges that our young people can achieve!
All section leaders have been sent a copy of the programme to share with their young people. An overview of the programme is given below, but the version you have been sent contains the detailed timing for the activities, info on what you will need and the links to allow you to join the online sessions. If you haven’t yet got this from your leader please contact them directly.
Please do not post the links on public websites or Facebook, etc. – only share directly with your members.
You can join as many of the sessions for your section as you like and you don’t need your leaders to join in. Brothers, sisters, moms and dads are all welcome to take part as well, even if they are not members of a section! You can even encourage them to sleep in the unusual place with you on Saturday evening.
Don’t forget to upload your photos and pictures using the form below (or email videos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org) and checkout our Facebook page for updates on the weekends activities and challenges (https://www.facebook.com/bhamscouts/)
Saturday (Timings are approximate and are confirmed in the emailed programme)
|12.00 – 12.15||Camp opening|
|12.15 – 13.15||Beaver & Cub interactive sessions|
|13.30 – 14.30||Scout & Explorer interactive sessions|
|14.30 – 19.00||Offline challenges & preparing to camp!|
|19.00 – 19.45||Campfire|
|19.45 – 20.00||Beaver & Cub Story Time|
|20.00 – 21.00||Scout Quiz / Explorer & Network Escape room|
|21.15 – 22.30||Leaders Quiz & Social|
|09.00 – 09.15||Morning Wake up active session|
|09.15 – 09.30||Morning challenges set|
|09.30 – 12.00||Offline challenges|
|12.30 – 12.45||Closing Ceremony|
Using a combination of Zoom, YouTube, a private Facebook group and our county website, we will launch the camp at midday on the Saturday and then set of a series of challenges for you and your families to take part in around your own homes and gardens. A 'live' interactive session will start around 7pm on the Saturday evening and will have a county wide campfire, Explorer and Network event and a Leaders only social before we all take on the challenge of sleeping somewhere unusual! Sunday will see us finishing off the camp challenges and the launch of our summer county challenge programme.
During the camp and in the days afterwards, we will be collecting photos of you taking part in the virtual camp. These could be of the challenges, you sleeping in an unusual place, or getting stuck into the campfire and wake up sessions! Every young person who responds will get one of our exclusive camp badges, and our County Commissioner has granted you permission to wear these on our uniforms for 12 months! You can see what the badge will look like at the top of the page left hand badge)
We will be collecting the photos via the upload form which will appear at the bottom of this page on Saturday morning. You’ll also be able to share videos of you taking part with us by emailing them to email@example.com.
We will use your pictures as evidence of you having ‘attended’ the camp and use them to allocate the camp badges However, we would like to produce a montage of the event and we will give you the option to allow us to use your photos for promotion of the event and Scouting in Birmingham.
Starting on the 6th July, we will be running a series of weekly challenges for all our sections. Similar to the daily challenges that our Youth Commissioners have been running over the last few weeks, these will be simple, fun challenges for you to do. There will be themed challenges for each of our sections, plus a couple of all section challenges thrown in as well. The added bonus is that there will be a badge available for those that take part.
Each week, you will be encouraged to upload photos of you taking part in the challenges to our website. Again these will only be used for allocating badges, but we will give you an option to include your pictures in weekly challenge promotional videos.
The colour of your badge will depend on how many of the challenges you take part in:
|Upload pictures for 1 or 2 of the challenges||White badge border|
|Upload pictures for 3 or 4 of the challenges||Bronze badge border|
|Upload pictures for 5 or 6 of the challenges||Silver badge border|
|Upload pictures for 7 or 8 of the challenges||Gold badge border|
Designed to be complimentary to the camp badge, your weekly challenge badge will sit next to your camp badge and you will be able to wear them both on your uniform for 12 months!
Each Monday we will post a new challenge video on our Youtube channel and your leaders will email you a reminder. All we ask is that when you complete the challenge you upload your pictures to the secure space on our County webpage (the form will be available when the challenges start). If you don’t have the ability to do this, you can send them to your leaders at the end of the summer and they will pass them on for you. At the end of the summer we will then get the badges distributed to all those who have taken part.
All we need from leaders is for you to send out the links and reminders to your section each week. Of course you are more than welcome to use the weekly challenges as part of your Scouting programme and encourage a little bit of healthy competition between your section members! If you want to get more involved, or feel you have some good idea, or skills that could help, please see the "get involved section below.
The most important thing is that you spread the word to your section members so that as many people can take part as possible.
However, we do need some support in delivering the challenges and so are currently looking for volunteers to be the ‘faces’ of the weekly challenge videos. You don’t need to be an IT whizz – all you need is access to a mobile phone with a camera and be happy talking to camera about a challenge. We will help you with deciding what to say and we will do the video editing for you. If you’re interested the please email us at:
We are fully aware of the importance of the safety of our young people and adults, especially in online situations. We will have password protected Zoom sessions and a group of people who will be monitoring all sessions to ensure content is appropriate. We will ask all participants in a Zoom session to use their proper name and group number so we can identify everyone. Zoom sessions will be set up to minimise risk by disabling chat features and if young people do not want to be onscreen they can always turn off their cameras. Sessions that are streamed to YouTube will be unlisted, meaning they are only available to people who have the link. We would also encourage parents to take part to help minimise against ‘accidental’ inappropriate content.
Importantly, we rely on leaders to get the links for the sessions to their young people. We ask that these not be posted on public websites, Facebook pages or forums, but rather are in emails, texts or WhatsApp message to your members/parents.
To answer any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any technical queries during the weekend please email - email@example.com