Tuesday, 13 January 2009

NSJ 2010 January 2009 Bulletin

The Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary Jamboree—A Historic Event

It is exciting for all of us to be involved in the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. This historic event will always be remembered by those who attend.

The first Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree was scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., in 1935 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Scouting in America. Unfortunately, the jamboree was canceled due to a polio outbreak in Washington. When the first Jamboree was finally held in 1937, Dan Beard lit the opening campfire using flint and steel. Scouts from all 48 states brought the wood that was used in the campfire. There were some 27,232 Scouts camped on the National Mall under the Washington Monument. Since that time, 16 national jamborees have been held, the last in 2005.

All jamboree groups are currently planning programs and activities for the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Many are having a special recognition to mark the 100th Anniversary. The closing arena show will be unlike any other jamboree arena show in history. It will be big, bold, interactive, and unforgettable! You won’t want to miss it! Plans are to Web cast the show, allowing anyone with Internet access to virtually join in this huge celebration. Councils are already planning one or more gatherings at large local venues that evening to invite Scouts, Scouters, families, alumni, business and community leaders, and supporters to participate. More details on this are forthcoming, and more information on the jamboree celebration plans will be shared with councils in the near future.

A reminder: The first payment of $100 per person is due to the National Council by Jan. 31, 2009. Councils should continue approving youth and adult participants online. Contact the Jamboree Department at 2010jamboree@scouting.org if you have problems. Remember, the primary issue we are having with online registration is that parents are trying to use their son’s myscouting account to register their son for the jamboree. Parents must use their own myscouting account. BSA registration is not required to have a myscouting account.
As of Jan. 1, there will only be 570 days left before the jamboree. Let’s get ready!
Here are the dates of all the Jamborees held since 1937 and attendance.

1935(Canceled)Washington, D.C.
1937Jun 30–Jul 9 Washington, D.C. 27,238
1950Jun 27–Jul 6 Valley Forge, PA 47,163
1953Jul 17–Jul 23 Irvine Ranch, CA 45,401
1957Jul 12–Jul 18 Valley Forge, PA 52,580
1960Jul 22–28 Colorado Springs, CO 56,377
1964Jul 17–Jul 23 Valley Forge, PA 50,960
1969Jul 16–Jul 22 Farragut State Park, ID 34,251
1973Aug 1–Aug 7 Farragut State Park, ID (both jamborees) 73,610
1973Aug 3–Aug 9 Moraine State Park, PA (both jamborees) 73,610
1977Aug 3–Aug 9 Moraine State Park, PA 28,601
1981Jul 29–Aug 4 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 29,765
1985Jul 24–Aug 30 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 32,625
1989Aug 3–Aug 9 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 32,717
1993Aug 4–Aug 10 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 34,449
1997Jul 28–Aug 6 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 36,015
2001Jul 23–Aug 1 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 42,002
2005Jul 25–Aug 3 Fort A.P. Hill, VA 43,000

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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