History Of Jamborees - ScoutHelp

Shortly after the start of Scouting, its rapid and unexpected spread to countries outside the British Isles caused Baden-Powell, the Founder of Scouting, to realize that a get- together of Scouts of all nationalities must sooner or later be organized. Any ideas he made were stopped because of the outbreak of war in 1914.

1st jamboree - Olympia, London, England, 1920

the first ever jamboree was a very quite occasion, manly because nothing like this had been done before, it took BP a lot of courage and planning. this jamboree was one off a kind it was help inside! It was help inside at Olympia in the heart of London. their was 8,000 scouts from 34 different countries which was quite a lot considering how long it had been running. During their stay they gave daily displays in the Olympia arena which had a foot of earth and turf in especially to enable the scouts to pitch their tents. To try and find a camp site in the middle of the metropolis for the rest off the scouts is impossible to find. therefore it was set up at the Old Deer Park in Richmond, whilst the rest slept at Olympia so that they were ready for the following days' performances. Inside the great side walls of Olympia, various exhibits were on show, even a tent was something of a novelty in those days, and demonstrations of handicrafts by Scouts and Wolf Cubs went on non-stop.

At the closing ceremony, BP gave a parting message the exact message was "Brother Scouts. Differences exist between the peoples of the world in thought and sentiment, just as they do in language and physique. the jamboree has taught us that if we exercise mutual forbearances and give and take, then there is sympathy and harmony. If it be your will, let us go forth from here fully determined that we will develop among ourselves and our boys that comradeship, through the world wide spirit of the Scout brotherhood, so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among men".

A number of lessons were learnt this jamboree and these were carefully noted for future guidance. One off these was about having the next one outside because having it indoors limits the activity and prevents a full demonstration of Scouting, which is an outdoor Movement.

2nd world jamboree - Copenhagen, Denmark, 1924

the 2nd World jamboree was held near Copenhagen, Denmark in 1924. the jamboree lasted for seven days. Five thousand Scouts from 34 nations assembled for a week under canvas, this was the first time such a huge camp had been planned. A special Rally was held which was honored by the presence of their Majesties, the King and Queen of Denmark. the jamboree proved a great success and once again Scouting had shown the world something new.

3rd world jamboree - Coming of Age jamboree, Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, 1929

the 3rd World jamboree was held at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead, England in 1929 and celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the publication of Scouting for Boys. thirty-five countries were represented by 30,000 Scouts, plus another 10,000 British Scouts who took the opportunity to camp in the vicinity. It was certainly the greatest assembly of international youth the world had ever seen up to that time. Two things stand out from the Arrowe Park jamboree - the numbers and the mud! It rained so much that the clay soil could not absorb the water and the site soon resembled a sea of mud!

4th world jamboree - Gdll, Hungary, 1933

the 4th World jamboree was held in the Royal Forest of Gdll, 11 miles from Budapest, and was attended by 25,000 Scouts from 34 nations. It was notable for the excellent weather which was enjoyed and the assembled Scouts were thankful for the shade which the trees of the Royal Forest afforded. Scouts who attended this gathering will remember particularly the pleasing sight of B.-P. making his rounds on the camp site on a magnificent brown charger. It was also most noticeable that the whole Hungarian nation had cooperated to make the event a success.

5th world jamboree - Vogelenzang, Holland, 1937

this jamboree is remembered more particularly as the last jamboree B.-P. was able to attend before his death in January 1941. Queen Wilhelmina opened the jamboree and before her were assembled 27,000 Scouts from 51 countries - including 8,000 from the British Commonwealth. B.-P. was 81 when he attended the jamboree and in his message to Scouts of the world, he said: "I ... am nearing the end of my life. Most of you are at the beginning , and I want your lives to be happy and successful. You can make them d=so by doing your best to carry out the Scout Law all your days, whatever your station and wherever you are ... Now goodbye. God bless you all! God bless you!"

It was as though he knew he would not be able to attend another jamboree and was giving his blessing to the Scouts of all nations.

6th world jamboree - Molsson, France, 1947

What B.-P. could not have known was that in such a short time the world would again be plunged into conflict. the Scouts throughout the world thought of their jamborees which should have been held in 1941 and 1945. It is significant that with the end of war in 1945, plans were immediately laid for a jamboree to be held in 1947, and France, so recently liberated, invited the Scouts of all nations. Despite the overwhelming difficulties which confronted the organizers, the 'jamboree of Peace' was a tremendous success. 25,000 Scouts from more than 70 countries gathered on the flat, rather open site on the banks of the River Seine providing the refreshing fact that not only had the Scout Movement survived the years of war, but that it had emerged stronger and more virile than ever. Little was it realized at that time that within a few months our brother Scouts of Czechoslovakia and Hungary would be suppressed.

7th world jamboree - Bad Ischl, Austria 1951

this jamboree, held four years later, took place in a country still suffering from long years of hardship. For this reason, the 1951 jamboree in Austria was termed the 'jamboree of Simplicity'. the site was a golf course set amongst the picturesque mountains in the Salzkammergut region, not far from the little town of Bad Ischl. the jamboree was organized by voluntary Scout Leaders in their spare time and the Austrian Scouts worked on the site for two years to save costs and ensure the amenities of a jamboree Camp Site. Numbers were limited to 15,000 and none will forget the first night when, as a welcoming gesture, the Austrian Scouts lit beacons on the tops of each of the mountains surrounding the site. All in all it was a tremendous achievement by a country still under military occupation.

8th world jamboree - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, 1955

this was the first World jamboree to be held in the western hemisphere. the setting was a beautiful rolling parkland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. 11,000 Scouts attended this great gathering which was notable for the number of contingents which crossed the Atlantic by air to attend - 1,000 from Great Britain alone. the most outstanding feature, however, was the tremendous hospitality accorded to the Scouts by the people of Canada. Not only did they raise money to help Scouts from the 'soft currency' areas, but they welcomed and lavished friendship and understanding wherever they met.

9th world jamboree - the Jubilee jamboree, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, 1957

To celebrate the Jubilee of the Movement and the Centenary of its Founder, B.-P. , a combined jamboree, Scouter's Indaba and Rover Moot was held in Sutton Park - a beautiful natural park of 2,400 acres. 33,000 Scouts from 90 countries camped for 12 days in weather which ranged from a heat wave to a storm which flooded parts of the huge camp site. Many thousands more took the opportunity to camp in the surrounding countryside. Opened by HRH Prince Philip, the Prime Minister, Mr Harold MacMillan, and closed by the World Chief Guide, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, it was the first jamboree held in England to have its own commemorative postage stamps. One special aspect was the overwhelming hospitality offered to the participants by the people of the UK, both before and after the event.

10th world jamboree - Laguna, Philippine Islands, 1959

the first World jamboree to be held in Asia, it was attended by 12,000 Scouts from 69 countries including a carefully selected contingent of 105 from the UK which made the outward and homeward journey by air. the trip cost each Scout about �300, raised in various ways.

11th world jamboree - Marathon, Greece, 1963

Held on the plain of Marathon, scene of the famous battle in 490BC between the Ancient Greeks and the Persians. the jamboree was attended by 10,394 Scouts from 89 countries, the largest contingent being 1,498 Scouts from the UK (20 chartered aircraft took part in this, the biggest UK Scout airlift ever). the trip cost each British Scout 85. Attending the jamboree every day was HRH Crown Prince Constantine, Chief Scout of Greece. Other members of the Greek Royal Family, including the King and Queen, visited the 11-day event. Sir Charles Maclean, Chief Scout of the Commonwealth, attended the jamboree and at a special ceremony presented HRH Crown Prince Constantine with the United Kingdom's highest award for Scouting, the Silver Wolf.

12th world jamboree - Farragut state Park, Idaho, USA, 1967

With its theme 'For Friendship', the 12th World jamboree attracted 12,000 Scouts from over 100 countries, including 1,300 from the UK, the largest contingent from outside the North American Continent. For the UK Scouts, dressed in their smart new uniforms, it was a highlight to their Diamond Jubilee Year. Amongst the distinguished visitors were Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (widow of the Founder of Scouting), and Vice President of the United states, Hubert H. Humphrey. Memorable features of the camp included a reconstruction of Baden-Powell's Brownsea Island Camp Site, the specially stocked fishing area and boating and other water activities. Also a visit to a real wild west rodeo and a repeat of the very successful 'Friendship Wide Game', introduced at the Greek jamboree in 1963.

13th world jamboree - Asagiri Heights, near Fujinomiya City, 1971

Set on the foothills of Mount Fuji, the 13th World jamboree will be considered by many to have been aptly numbered, for it attracted an unwelcome visitor in the shape of Typhoon Olive! the 20,000 Scouts, including 437 Scouts and Venture Scouts and 49 adult Leaders from the UK, found themselves amidst a sea of black mud and buffeted by high winds for close to three days! Conditioned previously by camping in 'typical British Summer weather', many of the UK Scouts were able to last out the trying conditions and help their less fortunate neighbors in the waterlogged 800 acre camp site.

Despite the typhoon, the Scouts managed to carry out many of the planned activities, including a World Scout Forum, expeditions up Mount Fuji and an International evening with displays of national skills, dancing and song.

14th world jamboree - Lillehammer, Norway, 1975

At the head of Lake Mjosa, near Lillehammer, Norway, 1975. the 14th World jamboree mustered 17,259 campers from 91 countries. Popularly named "Nordjamb 75". theme: "Five Fingers, one Hand", typifying the five joint Nordic hosts and the five Scouts Regions in one Brotherhood. Hiking in the mountains in international patrols, activity areas, Nordic trail, superb choir, visit to Maihaugen cultural museum, all the fun of the Saturday jamboree Country Fair. H.M. the King of Norway opened the jamboree, also visited by H.M. the King of Sweden and H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Morocco.

15th world jamboree - Kananaskis Country, Canada, 1983

'the Spirit Lives On' was the inspiring theme of the 15th World jamboree held in Kananaskis Country, an area of provincial park, 4,000 feet up in the foothills of the Rockie Mountains, 80 miles west of Calgary, Alberta. 1,345 UK Scouts were amongst a total attendance of over 15,000 Scouts from nearly 100 countries. 'the Spirit Lives On' was certainly in evidence in the great amount of international goodwill pervading the jamboree and in the warm hospitality of the Canadians.

the backwoods location was given added realism through the intrusion into camp of bears, moose and other wildlife from time to time!

16th world jamboree - Cataract Park, Sydney, Australia, 1987

Held at Cataract Park, a specially constructed Scout tent town situated on a 160 hectare site near Sydney, this was the first World Scout jamboree to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. Under the theme 'Bringing the World Together', 16,000 Scouts from over 80 countries attended the jamboree with around 13,000 more in attendance on 'visiting day'. the 850 strong UK contingent included 18 Ranger Guides (the first time members of the Guide Association have been allowed to take part in a World Scout jamboree), Mrs Betty Clay, daughter of the Founder, and 11 members of the Baden-Powell family, 9 of whom are direct descendants of B.-P.

the opening ceremony of the jamboree, which took place at midnight on December 31, 1987, was the first official event of Australia's Bicentennial Celebrations.

17th world jamboree - Soraksan National Park, South Korea, 1991

'Many Lands, One World' was the theme which brought together 16,000 young people from more than 130 countries in the beautiful Mount Sorak National Park. the location was a few kilometres from the disputed border with North Korea and some 200km, or six hours by road, from Seoul, the capital city. the UK contingent was made up of 1,407 people, including just over 50 representatives from the Guides. As part of its contribution, the UK transported a replica Brownsea Island camp to re-enact B.- P.'s 1907 experiment in Scouting. It became the most photographed and filmed event at the jamboree.

the jamboree started with bad weather with rain and flooding providing major problems. the opening and closing ceremonies were masterpieces of showmanship, designed to rival those of the Olympic Games. UK Scouts also experienced home hospitality in Korea and Japan and a stay at a luxury hotel.

18th world jamboree - Holland, 1995

Dronten, Holland, 1995. the second World jamboree in the Netherlands. 28,960 participants from 166 countries. 75,000 visitors. "Operation Flevoland" help finance the participation of Scouts from poor countries. Most popular activities: Global Development Villages and World Scout Centre. International Youth Forum with the participation of Mr. Boutros-Ghali, United Nations Secretary General. A big naval pageant with over 250 ships. theme: "Future is Now". Holland's Scouting Groups hosts the jamboree Participants for one day.

19th world jamboree - Chile, 1998-9

Picarquin, near Rancagua city, Chile, 1999. the 19th World jamboree. 30519 participants from 158 countries. A very hot weather. Many great activities: hiking, shows, 200 workshops, services to the community, visits to enterprises, eating around the world. Polish Scouts made the trip in a sailboat. the opening was made by the President of Chile, Mr. Eduardo Frei. Two Chileans who attend the second World jamboree in 1924!. the jamboree newspaper, "the Tal�", a jamboree newspaper in English, French and Spanish and articles in Portuguese. "Radio jamboree" a FM radio trasmiting from the jamboree. Records: Scouts ate more than 400 metric tons of fruit, 150 of bread, 60 of pasta, 70 of meat, 30 of rice and sugar, 200,000 litres of milk, 320,000 ice cream pieces, 400,000 eggs and 1 million 0f soft drinks. the International Badgers Club made a great exposition of jamboree badges and history. Scouting all around you. the last jamboree of the century.