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