Guide Jamboree 2023

Girl Guide Jamboree 2023

Kani-Karrung Girl Guide Jamboree

15-21 January 2023

The 2023 Guides Victoria Jamboree was held in our own backyard at Victoria Park in Ballarat. This incredible opportunity meant that more than 50% of our local Guides aged 10+ participated in a large-scale event that involved nearly 1500 Guides and Leaders from all over Australia.

Ballarat Guides have also participated in previous Guide Jamborees, including:

Logo for Ballarat Jamboree 2023

The Jamboree was organised by a team at Guides Victoria, led by Helen Reid.  The activities were amazing and provided opportunities for fantastic adventures.

Guides 14+

  • Reach for the Spas
  • Paddle Trek
  • Tour & Taste
  • Sun, Surf & Sea
  • Coastal Horse Ride
  • Art Attack
  • Totally Wild
  • Melbourne Wanderers
  • Fly High
  • Underground Explorers
  • Great Ocean Hike
  • Coastal Cruizin'
  • Snores and Roars
  • Adventure-ologists
  • Urban Climbing
  • Super Stars
  • Pages and Puzzles
  • Rock Stars
  • High Country Overnight Ride

Guides 10-13

  • Artistic Escapes
  • Cooking up a Storm
  • Sports Sensations
  • Adventure by Foot
  • Rock Stars Adventure
  • Splash, Paddle, Swim
  • Enviro Warriors
  • Fanciful Fandom
  • In the Laboratory
  • Spotlight on Theatre

All Campers

  • Camp Colosseum - STEAM activities, art pavillion, wipe-out arena with slime, mud, inflatables and water
  • Pax Hill Survival
  • Lake Wendouree - environment focus and all kinds of different boating activities on the lake

Each night was different evening program that included: opening ceremony, bush dance, Guides Own and campfire, whole-camp carnival, colour-glow disco and closing cermony.

Jamboree mascot

The jamboree mascot was a wombat.  Guides were invited to a suggest names and the name selected was Pebbles, submitted Lily from the Quakers Hill Girl Guides in NSW.

At our Jamboree, the name Pebbles reflects 3 things:

  • Actual pebbles reflect the stepping-stones which we step on to help us to cross obstacles in our way.  Pebbles the Wombat is a reminder of the stepping-stones in our Guiding journeys.
  • When tossed in water, pebbles create a visible ongoing ripple, and each day we have the choice to create positive ripples around us.
  • Every single pebble is different and unique; some rough, some smooth, some lined, some spotted. Just like each one of us.