World Scout Jamboree Participants

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. ‘

Cambridge Archives

‘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”.’

‘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

Attendees

The following Scouts have been identified as attending the World Scout Jamborees since 1920. No participants have been identified for   10th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th 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

            ‘Olympia jamboree in August’     list of activities  from History of the 9th Cambridge

2nd        1924            Denmark       

Cambridge University Rover Crew in attendance

3rd        1929          Arrowe Park, Birkenhead            UK                       

            District Minutes note ‘had asked for 50 places for Cambridge (shire)’  ‘Some of our scouts attended’.             ‘Jamboree at Arrowe Park, Birkenhead’ CT Wood 9th

4th        1933            Hungary         

Two Scouts applied to attend.             District Minutes

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.

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)

            1941    Planned hosts France – cancelled owing to international situation

6th        1947 France    …’allocated 18 places in the County Contingent for the Jamboree’             Four from the 1st            Cambridge Scout shop fitting out participants           Area contingent lead by Maurice Howard SM 60th              CUSC   Transport office to and from the Jamboree

1947

7th        1951    Austria Included Scouts from the City              cost c. ₤51

            Including P Read 5th Cambridge

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 

11th      1963    Greece    Cambridge LA £25 to Greek Jamboree Fund Christopher Squires and Malcolm Mc Green attended, but their group is not known.  Cambridgeshire allotment was noted as being ‘not full’ in 1962.

12th      1967    United States 2 from Cambridge – ₤3 sent by 54th to support representatives of Cambridge District: William Wheeler and John Short (below).

In new style uniforms

13th      1971    Japan

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, 12th, 26th, 29th, 1st Over, Waterbeach.  ₤140 each or 221⅞ Green Shield Stamp books.  Co-op stamps could also be redeemed.            Home Hospitality – Finland

Michael Pierson, Steven George, David Raymond, Leslie Gladwell, Roger Cater, Nigel Poulton, Barry O’Bryne.

            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.

Mug from cancelled Jamboree in Iran
Mug from replacement Jamboree at Kanderstag

15th      1983 Canada

16th      1987 Australia 

17th      1991 South Korea  

18th      1995    Netherlands  4 from 54th with a leader to oversee. Not a County Contingent?

19th      1999 Chile

20th      2003    Thailand     Cambridge scouts

21st      2007    UK Cambridge scouts

22nd      2011    Sweden  Cambridge scouts

23rd      2015      Japan     Cambridge scouts

24th      2019     United States  Cambridge scouts

JWR Archivist Apr 2019