After the 1937 Jamboree, events prevented the BSA from holding any future Jamborees. Germany invaded Poland in the spring of 1939, then Belgium and France in 1940. In September of 1940 the USA started military conscription and entered WWII in December, 1941. Most men of Scout Leaders age were involved in the war effort. The war ended in September, 1945 but it took a few years for the troops to get home and life to return to normal. In the late 1940’s the USA was consumed with the “red menace”. China went Communist in 1949. The theme of Strengthen the Arm of Liberty was being used nationally and became the theme for the Jamboree. Scouts would camp at Valley Forge where Washington and his troops spent the terrible winter of 1777-78. The Jamboree was almost twice the size of 1937, 45,000 Scouts and Leaders. Valley Forge was a secure location and close enough for visits to historic sites in Philadelphia.

Each Scout received two 3” round printed composition pocket badges. Rayon neckerchiefs and ID cards. At the Jamboree an embroidered cloth badge and cloth neckerchief were available at the Trading Posts.

1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree pocket badges  
 This is the general 1950 Jamboree collection, although you might wants some of the trading post items
 
rolled edge badge
Printed composition badge.
A contingent added a string
for hanging from a pocket button
Cloth Badge
Sold at the trading post.
This badge has a "rolled edge" border.
Cloth Contingent badges
have a embriodered cut edge border.
They were not made by the national supplier.
 
Some contingents recognized the durability issue of the printed composition emblem, mailed with registration. One contingent punched a hole in the composition emblem and wore it on a string on the breast pocket of the scout uniform. But most contingents sewed the composition badge on the uniform. The concern about durability led some contingents to develop their own embroidered cloth badges. The basic Jamboree design was used, but these embroidered badges have an embroidered cut edge border. Most scout badges in this era had cut edge borders. The 1950 cloth badges sold at the Trading posts have a rolled edge border. In 1950 only the largest embroidery companies were using the new machine to apply rolled edge borders. Since these badges weren’t made by BSA National Supply sources, these companies didn’t have rolled edge machines. Collectors commonly refer to these cut edge badges, as “prototypes”, but my research has led me to believe that most were issued by local council contingents.
Cut Edge 1950 Jamboree Patches 
 
1950 Jamboree Patches 

1950 Jamboree Patches

1950 Jamboree Patches
1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree Patches




The Meshingomesia and Rainbow Council (next page) issues lend credence to the fact that council made cloth embroidered badges. Most didn’t put their name on them.
One of these was issued by a Chicago district, but I’ve lost the documentation.
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Paul Myers Goshen, Indiana
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