Cambridge District Scout Archive
1924 Second World Jamboree in Denmark
‘My duties as Chief Judge were of a supervisory character and as a referee when the Danish judges disagreed. I found I had also to watch some of their awards to the British Troop, so as to offset their natural assumption that British Scouting must be the best, as the Movement started in that country, and B.-P. was born there. All this meant that I was continually about the camp and its neighbourhood all day, and most of the night at times. The Cambridge University Rover Scout crew observed this, and told me that any time I passed by their little camp there would always be something for me to eat and drink. ‘
‘In 1929 some of our scouts attended the Jamboree held at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead. I understand it was rough weather-wise, Arrowe mud often being mentioned afterwards! At this time scouts gave 1d. a head towards the cost of purchasing a Rolls Royce and Caravan for the Chief and Lady B.P ; it was referred to as the ”Jam Rolls”.’
‘Many of the 31st (University Rovers) were on the staff of Arrowe’ from a review in 1930
‘The District has always sent its “quota” of boys to the various International Jamborees. I remember in 1947, I think this was the first post war one, when the area contingent was led by Maurice Howard, then S.M. of the 60th (Leys School) Troop. I had the job of seeing the boys at a weekend “get together” when we had to decide on any uniform items which were needed to bring the contingent up to a smart standard. We were allowed a special allocation of clothing coupons for the purpose. History, in a way, repeated itself before the last Jamboree, two or three yours ago, but this time, Roger Woollard handled this at a similar weekend. The only difference being that it was not clothing coupons needed; but, due to inflation, the cost was so high that the Shop supplied the requirements, which with the present day uniforms (as against khaki shorts, etc.), there was no comparison, we gave the boys a special discount.’ 70 years a Scout
1957 ‘ Scouts from 84 parts of the world attended an International Conference in Cambridge, following the World Jubilee Jamboree. The bright blue caps from Finland, flowing white kaffyeh and agae from Lebanon, broad hats from Mexico and the red tarbouch from Morocco were a colourful sight in the Guildhall where they were welcomed by the Mayor, Councillor B. White’ 57 08 14a & 17 [Misc.4.5, 1.13] Mike Petty
The Scouts named below have been identified as attending the World Scout Jamborees since 1920.
None from the County attended the 10th Jamboree.
No named participants have yet been identified for 13th, 15th, 16th and 19th Jamborees.
1st 1920 London UK
‘There is a note of advance arrangements being made for a party to take part in the National Jamboree to be held at Olympia from 30th July to 7th August. I have no details of a party attending, but feel sure we must have been represented’ Ken North 70 Years of Scouting
Rev Herbert K F Kirkpatrick Vicar All Saints is recorded as the organiser of the Cambridge Jamboree contingent for 1920. He was SM 8th Cambridge, ADC and later Archdeacon Ely.
SM Hutchinson writes ‘You should have seen the representatives of 26 Nations at the great International Jamboree at Olympia last August..’ in his Our Scouting Column in the local press. He was SM of the 11th and sometimes the 6th Cambridge.
‘Olympia jamboree in August’ list of activities from History of the 9th Cambridge
In 1927 it was observed that University Troop had participated.
2nd 1924 Denmark
Sixteen were in a photograph in the Cambridge University archives, many identified as Cambridge students, including three from St John’s. Cost £5 each
3rd 1929 Arrowe Park, Birkenhead UK
District Minutes note ‘had asked for 50 places for Cambridge (shire)’ ‘Some of our scouts attended’. Walter Miller, of the 23rd attended, his badge is below. Cambridge/ shire was based at the extreme north of the site next to Czecho- Slovakian Scouts with their wood walled tents. The Cambridgeshire gate is depicted, described as ‘one of two Cambridge Dons here’ in the camp magazine. ‘Jamboree at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead’ CT Wood 9th
Some University Rovers were supporting the central teams for up to four weeks. Four are named. Others camped as part of CURST and one at least with their home troop.
4th 1933 Hungary
Two Scouts applied to attend. District Minutes, University recorded four names at present.
5th 1937 Several members of the (5th) Troop to attend Jamboree in Vogelenzang, Holland. A number from 1st Harston (South Cambridgeshire) travelled to Holland and visited for a day. Whittlesford Sea Scouts (also South Cambridgeshire) sailed across and were present, as visitors, for the Chief’s farewell speech. See Local History/ Outstanding events/ Goodson Watch.
- 5th Cambridge 5 Perse School inc D C Tebbitt
- 12th Cambridge 11
- 23rd Cambridge 4
- 29th Cambridge 2
- 36th Cambridge 1
- 60th Cambridge 9 Leys School
- 1st Papworth 2
- 1st March 2
Rovers from the University were asked to act as embarkation operators
PL Whitaker is one of 2 Kings Scouts from Cambridge among the 48 UK Scouts to attend the Jamboree in Washington. The original flag of the 12th Cambridge has a badge from this Jamboree attached. (This was a concurrent American Jamboree)
University Rovers Ted Bindloss and George Phillips ‘were heading to Australia for the Jamboree’ of 1939.
1941 Planned hosts France – cancelled owing to international situation
6th 1947 France
- …’allocated 18 places in the County Contingent for the Jamboree’
- Fuller, Gillings, Harding, Kitson (1st), Oxenham (5th), Latter, Little (7th), Friend, Marshall, Tyler (11th), Blackwell (19th), J W Oatley, CC Gunn (60th) (incomplete list or not adding to 18, from Leys archives) The Leys (60th) recorded 8, possibly including M Howard as leader and R L Rothwell-Jackson and scouts F. (B?) Hilborne and J.A.M. Ellis – which would make 18 Scouts.
- Cambridge Scout shop fitting out participants.
- Area contingent lead by Maurice Howard SM 60th with F P Ellwood 12th and C Goakes (1st March)
- CUSC Transport office to and from the Jamboree
- Admin Assistant Mr Patrick Duff (County Sec and Professor)
- British HQ Mess run by Cambridge and Oxford Rover Crew and 16 wee requested to assist embarkation.
7th 1951 Austria Included Scouts from the City cost c. ₤51
Eight attended; K Hurrell and M Oakley from the 60th (Leys), P Read and SM (S) Malcolm A McFarlane, who lead the Cambridgeshire contingent 5th (Perse), Fred Wright (Bottisham), Malcolm Watson (Soham), B Hurst (Wisbech), R Cook (Dalham) and Ellis Brock (Cambridge). See also Camp gateways. University Rovers asked to support the British HQ.
8th 1955 Canada 2 from Cambridge John Boocock and David Greenwood (both 5th)
9th 1957 United Kingdom 16 First class Scouts from 7 groups and a day trip of 400 from Cambridge,
5th Cambridge four participants, 54th Cambridge sent R Patman, P Pendred and J Barnfield selected by the first to reach first class. Also Rob Farringdon and Robin Summerfield
10th 1959 Philippines The tenth World Scout Jamboree reunion page lists 94 Scouts who attended from the UK, none of which came from Cambridgeshire.
11th 1963 Greece Cambridge LA £25 to Greek Jamboree Fund. Final cost / head c £80. Christopher Squires and Malcolm McGregor attended of the 23rd. Cambridgeshire allotment was noted as being ‘not full’ in 1962. In 1963 9 boys were recorded as going from the County, 4 from Cambridge: a later note listed boys from 5th, 7th, 23rd, 28th and 60th were fund raising.
12th 1967 United States (Idaho) 3 from Cambridgeshire, 2 from Cambridge – ₤3 sent by 54th to support representatives of Cambridge District: William Wheeler (14th), John Short of the 12th (below) and Michael Brown (5th). The 12th donated £45 to John Shorts costs.
13th 1971 Japan The County declined to support any applicant for the Japan Jamboree because if the cost (April 1970). It is not known if any went.
14th 1975 Norway 7 from Cambridge District (as the committee couldn’t decide and requested an extra place from HQ) from 13 applicants One each from 6th/17th, 11th/9th(ex 28th), 12th, 26th, 29th, 1st Over, Waterbeach. ₤140 each or 221⅞ Green Shield Stamp books. Co-op stamps could also be redeemed. The 11th/9th record collecting 25.375 books of Green Shield stamps and 8.5 Coop books Home Hospitality – Finland
Michael Pierson, Steven George, David Raymond (Rayner?), Leslie Gladwell, Roger Cater, Nigel Poulton, Barry O’Bryne (26th).
1979 Iran Cancelled Feb 1979 It was anticipated to cost ₤350 – 400 and deemed expensive. The District AGM noted ‘ impressed at the quality of boys who applied to attend.’ Cambridge participants were re routed to Kanderstag, Switzerland with Home Hospitality probably in Switzerland. Scouts from Fulbourn Troop are recorded as attending and County recorded 11 boys and 1 leader Mr D G Tiplady, from East Cambridgeshire attending. One from the 5th is listed. The cost reduced to £200 each
15th 1983 Canada
16th 1987 Australia (cost £1500)
17th 1991 South Korea 1st Cambridge Sea Scouts record fund raising for three Scouts. Ashley Tapp, Andrew Thompson and Mark Rowland. The cost was £2000 each and fund raising and donations reduced the cost to parents to £431.67. Donations were received from some Colleges. No mention of a wider County contingent is made in the records in the Cambridgeshire Collection.
18th 1995 Netherlands 4 from 54th with a leader to oversee. Not a County Contingent?
19th 1999 Chile No County contingent but a regional one with four from Cambridgeshire, one of whom was from Cambridge (from the 12th) at a cost of £2,350 (attendance/ name not yet confirmed). The badge below is not Cambridgeshire/ Region specific. The political tensions around the detention of General Pinochet in London made this uncertain until the last days. Early Guide contingents flew out just before Christmas and the planned stay in a hotel was cancelled because of the uncertainty – they were bussed directly to the camp to enjoy sausage and mash for Christmas dinner.
20th 2003 Thailand Cambridge scouts 4 from 12th and a leader, at least 1 from 28th
21st 2007 UK Cambridge Scouts and Scouters both as visitors and helpers. The 12th Scouts did a day trip, Claydon family helped erect and dismantle, leaders from the 28th, Bull family and others at Water Park (Ipswich).
22nd 2011 Sweden Cambridge scouts 36 from Cambridgeshire £1,800, Unit leader Marc Wiseman, leaders from 28th
23rd 2015 Japan Cambridge scouts Members of the 28th as part of IST,
24th 2019 United States Cambridge scouts 45 from Cambridgeshire
25th 2023 Korea Cambridge Scouts 45 from Cambridgeshire (120 wanted places) £3895 each
World Scout Indaba (Gathering of Leaders)
No list of attendees has yet been located for these events. Details will be added as identified.
JWR Archivist Apr 2019
See also Structure/ District/ Voyage of the Monorel 2th Moot