1935, the Boy Scouts of America planned to celebrate the 25th
anniversary of Scouting in America
with its first National Scout Jamboree in
Due to a polio epidemic the jamboree was cancelled. The first
jamboree was then held in Washington, D.C.
in 1937. Dan Beard, National Scout Commissioner, lit the opening
campfire using flint and steel with wood provided by Scouts from all 48
states. It was a great gathering of some 27,238 Scouts who camped around
the Washington Memorial and Tidal Basin. Many special guests visited the
jamboree including President Roosevelt.
Due to World War II, the next jamboree was held in 1950 in Valley Forge,
from June 27 to July 6. Theme was “Strengthen Liberty”. In 1953, the site
was moved to Irvine Ranch,
from July 17 to July 23. Theme was “Forward on Liberty’s Team”. The jamboree returned to Valley Forge,
in 1957 from July 12 to July 18. Theme was “Onward For God And My Country”.
The Golden Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 1960 found the
jamboree in Colorado Springs,
Colorado from July 22 to July 28.
Theme was “For God and Country”. The jamboree returned one more time to Valley Forge,
in 1964 from July 17 to July 23. Theme was “Strengthen America’s
Heritage”. In 1969, the site moved to
Farragut State Park, Idaho
from July 16 to July 22. Theme was “Building to Serve”.
1973 was the year of the duel site jamboree. Farragut State Park, Idaho
and Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania were the sites. The Idaho site was held from August 1 to August 7 with the Pennsylvania site being
held from August 3 to August 9. Theme was “Growing Together”. In 1977, the
Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania site was used again from August 3 to August
9. Theme was “Forward Together”.
In 1981 the jamboree site moved to Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
This became the somewhat permanent site for future jamborees. It was held
from July 29 to August 4. Theme was “Scouting’s Reunion
with History”. In 1985 the theme remained “Scouting’s
with History”. This was the BSA Diamond Jubilee held from July 24 to July
30. 1989 the theme was “The Adventure Begins…With America’s Youth” and was held from
August 3 to August 9.
1993 the jamboree was held from August 4 to August 10. The theme was
“Scouting…A Bridge to the Future”. In 1997 the theme was “Character
Counts…Be Prepared for the 21st Century” and was held from July
28 to August 6. “Strong Values, Strong Leaders…Character Counts” was the
theme for the jamboree in 2001 held from July 23 to August 1. In 2005 the
jamboree was held from July 25 to August 3 with the theme “Character Not
Only Counts, It Multiplies”.
In 2010 we will “Celebrate 100 years of Scouting” at Fort A.P. Hill from
July 26 to August 4. This appears to be the last jamboree to be held at Fort
A.P. Hill. The Boy Scouts of America are presently seeking a permanent site
for future jamborees to begin in 2013.
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