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Jamboree History

As we celebrate this Centenary Year, it is worthwhile looking back at the history of World Scout Jamborees.

The first World Scout Jamboree was organised by The Boy Scout Association in London. With the exception of the war years, it has been organised approximately every four years, in more recent years by the world Organisation of the Scout Movement, in different locations over the world. As you will be aware, the 21st World Scout Jamboree takes place this year in Hylands Park, Essex and will be celebrating the Centenary of Scouting.

Following the founding of the Scout Movement by Baden Powell in 1907, international scouting became an international success. B.P. saw a need for a gathering of scouting representatives from around the world. The general aim was to foster a worldwide brotherhood and to help the young people in the movement learn about other people and nations by direct interaction with them.
Due to the out break of World War 1, it was not until 1920 that the first World Scout Jamboree was held in the Olympia Halls in London. There after, with two exceptions, a Jamboree has been held every four years. The exceptions are, between 1937 and 1947 due to World War 2 and the 1979 Jamboree which was to be held in Iran and was cancelled due to political upheaval at that time.

The history of World Scout Jamborees is as follows:-

1st World Scout Jamboree 1920 London (U.K.)
2nd World Scout Jamboree 1924 Denmark
3rd World Scout Jamboree 1929 Birkenhead (U.K.)
4th World Scout Jamboree 1933 Hungary
5th World Scout Jamboree 1937 Holland
6th World Scout Jamboree 1947 France
7th World Scout Jamboree 1951 Austria
8th World Scout Jamboree 1955 Canada
9th World Scout Jamboree 1957 Birmingham (U.K.)
10th World Scout Jamboree 1959 Philippines
11th World Scout Jamboree 1963 Greece
12th World Scout Jamboree 1967 United States
13th World Scout Jamboree 1971 Japan
14th World Scout Jamboree 1975 Norway
15th World Scout Jamboree 1983 Canada
16th World Scout Jamboree 1987 Australia
17th World Scout Jamboree 1991 Korea
18th World Scout Jamboree 1995 Holland
19th World Scout Jamboree 1999 Chile
20th World Scout Jamboree 2003 Thailand
21st World Scout Jamboree 2007 Hylands Park (U.K.)
22nd World Scout Jamboree 2011 Sweden

As yet, the continent of Africa is the only continent not to have hosted a Jamboree.

Click on the image below and view a few photos of the 1957 Jamboree.

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