XL Video at the World Scout Jamboree

Wednesday, 22 August 2007
XL Video at the World Scout Jamboree
UK - XL Video supplied a portable truck-based 40sq.m LED screen to the World Scout Jamboree's Gilwell Park - 'The home of scouting' and Scout training in Chingford, Essex, as part of the World Scout Jamboree event, and the Scout Association's Centenary celebrations.

The screen was located in The Paddock area of the park, close to the site of the original Scout camp there - the Scout Association has owned the site since 1919 - and near to the famous Gilwell oak tree and White House.

Working closely with Gilwell site technical manager Alex Woods, XL was contracted over a year in advance for this event which was project managed for them by Al Green, a keen Scout in his youth.

Each day of the 12-day Jamboree event, up to 8,000 Scouts and support personnel were bussed in to Gilwell Park from the main Jamboree site at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.

The screen was used interactively to relay information and organise people as they arrived. The site was split into four activity zones and guests were divided up and marshalled around according to different coloured wristbands and the info being relayed on the screen.

The screen was also used for the actual special sunrise centenary celebration event on 1 August. This saw a enactment of Robert Baden-Powell's Kudu Horn blowing ceremony on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour that launched the Scout movement in 1907.

The Gilwell screen was rigged to receive live TV footage from the Brownsea Sunrise ceremony via the Community TV Channel. XL also did the onscreen messaging and texting-to-screen as well as outputting guests photos to the screen from multifarious sources.

XL supplied a small mixer and a variety of input machines including DVD, CD and VT plus CF and SD card readers so guests could upload pix from their phones, cameras and PCs for the occasion.

A report on the technical event production for the World Scout Jamboree will appear in the October issue of Lighting&Sound International magazine.

(Jim Evans)

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