Staff from abroad

The Haarlem Jamborette would not be possible without the effort and dedication of many volunteers.

In several teams, these people work before, during and after the camp. They organize activities for the participants, working behind the scenes in one of the supporting teams or helping with setting up the camp and taking it down again. Many members of staff from previous camps will agree that it is hard work, but also a lot of fun. Not to mention the lifelong friends that you will make!

This edition there will not be an International service team as such. Based on previous experiences we have decided to let international volunteers be part of the teams and work fully with that team. We believe that this integrated camp experience will leave you with even a better experience. It is a luxury, but unfortunately, we need to limit the amount of staff members, and we only accept staff members who can stay the full duration of the camp.

This means that we expect you to be available during the whole camp, including a few days before the opening ceremony and the day after the closing ceremony. Therefore, for members of staff the camp dates are from Thursday 25th July up to Thursday 8th August. We expect you to arrive on site in the afternoon or early evening of July 25thand after breakfast on August 8thwe all start to leave. There is a separate subcamp for staff where you can pitch you own tent.

Every day, the team in the staff restaurant prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner for you, so there is no need for you to cook for yourself. Tea and coffee are also provided.


We are overwhelmed by the number of responses for the IST position for the Haarlem Jamborette 2019. We thank you for your enthusiasm. Due to some cancellations by both Dutch and international volunteers we are open for applications for (only) the following 3 teams:

Food Supply
Are you going to give scouts a varied meal every day? Team Food Supply provides scouts with breakfast, lunch and dinner with a caterer. You will also cater for scours with allergies or diets. Without you the scouts won’t have enough energy for the Haarlem Jamborette! Do you want to provide scouts with Dutch Hagelslag, bread, pasta, milk and other foods?

Are you creative? Do you like making fine art with scouts? And do you also like making big constructions with scouts? Join team Arts, Crafts & Technology! You will provide small and big activities in a big team for the scouts at the Haarlem Jamborette. Helping the scouts discover their creativity and craftsmanship!


In Team Aqua everything evolves around water and having fun in, on and around water! Do you want to do fun water based activities with scouts at the Haarlem Jamborette? Yes? Then you should apply for Team Aqua! We are still looking for new team members!

You don’t have to be a member of Water scouts or sea cadets to join team Aqua, but you do need to be able to swim and have no fear of water.

Every morning you will go to the river Spaarne in Haarlem from the campsite in Spaarnwoude. At the Spaarne scouts can choose from six different activities: Sailing, Supping, Canoeing, Raft Building, Dutch Beurtvaart and Beach Games. As team member in Team Aqua you will assist doing one of these activities with a team of 8-10 other team members.

Application procedure

We filter the received registrations and cannot accept registrations from groups, people who are not 18 on July 26th2019 or who live in a country that will not submit a visa (on time). Please check this before applying.

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these teams, please send an e-mail with your details and a motivation on why you would love to join the team (see the 3 teams above) of your choice! E-mail your application to

After obtaining the above mentioned, we discuss you application with the team leaders and if they think you will be great for the team, the teamleader will plan a video chat with you (FaceTime or Skype) to get to know you better. This is also an opportunity for you to ask us your questions.

When you are selected we ask you to register online, provide a letter of introduction* signed by your international commissioner and ask you to sign a declaration of integrity (both formats are provided by us)

When your recommendation is approved, your registration is finalized. We ask you to pay your camp fee before your arrival at the Haarlem Jamborette. We are looking forward to meeting soon!

International staff information


Camp fee international staff

For staff members, the camp fee for the Jamborette is €125,-. Included in this fee are:

  • A place for your tent in a separate staff subcamp (with showers and toilets)
  • Three meals a day, coffee and tea (from breakfast July 26thup until breakfast August 8th).
  • Camp scarf
  • 2  Camp shirts, Jambo mug
  • Closing party


Near the camp site there is a train station. It is called ‘Halfweg-Zwanenburg’. From Schiphol (the airport) you can take the train to Amsterdam Sloterdijk where you can change to the train to Halfweg-Zwanenburg. From Amsterdam Central and Haarlem there are direct trains tot Halfweg-Zwanenburg

It’s 15 minutes’ walk to the camp site or just let us know what time you’ll arrive then we arrange for you to be picked up.

Recommendation needed

IST members need to submit a recommendation from their NSO (National Scout Organization). This consists of a letter of introduction provided by us to be signed by your international commissioner. We also ask you to sign a declaration of integrity bases on the code of conduct from the Dutch Scout organization. Both signed documents need to be e-mailed to us before the camp and we would like to receive the original documents from you on arrival at the camp site. We ask every volunteer to provide such a proof of good conduct as we clearly have huge responsibility towards our participants.

Visa requirements

For volunteers living outside Europe obtaining a visa is in most cases mandatory. So before your application, make sure you find out whether you have to apply for a visa and if you will be able to obtain one. We are unable to help you during the visa process. However, if needed, we can send a formal invitation letter in which we invite you to join the Haarlem Jamborette. You can present this invitation as part of your application for a visa.

General requirements

Please keep in mind international staff (IST) must be 18 years or older on July 26th 2019 (no exceptions possible). You will join as an individual in one of the teams; therefore, we do not accept registrations from groups as we wish to offer the best possibilities for selection for each individual.  We can select only 30 IST’s, so we have made sure the selection process is as fair as possible. We expect you to be physically able to work at least 8 hours a day. You speak and read English since all communication is in Dutch and/or English. We expect to be able to arrive on the camp site in the afternoon/early evening of Thursday July 25thand stay up until breakfast  Thursday August 8th.