Promotional Materials
Promotional material was developed to generate enthusiasm. After WW II the country was doing well financially, but attending the Jamboree would be expensive for many families. The railroads were vying for business, note five different Pennsylvania RR brochures.
 
1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree Promotional Brochures
 




After 1950 the BSA had real experience operating Jamborees. There would be manuals for almost every conceivable area of operations. With a tent city of 50,000 Scouts, planning was critical.
BSA supply



BSA National Supply offered products that troops would need in camp. Patrol food chests, grills, reflector ovens, cooking ware and accessories, axes and hatchets, etc. All at 10% discount for Jamboree troops. A booklet was developed entitled Jamboneering.
 
1950 Boy Scout UniformProper uniforming was of the upmost importance. Contingents would be traveling, visiting historic sites and cities. The short sleeve V neck uniform in khaki for Scouts and green for Explorers was used. With the introduction of the Explorer program in 1938 and it’s continuous improvement, Sea Scouting decreased. Sea and Air Scouts attending the Jamboree wore the Explorer uniform and camped with their council contingents. There would be no separate programs at future Jamborees for older Scouts (Sea Scouts) like there had been in 1937.

National BSA Supply was getting into the hang of selling things for and promoting the Jamboree. The box to the right contained a new uniform for the Jamboree, A large sticker was prominent on the box. This is a unique 1950 collectible and the only place to get it is off a 1950 uniform box mailed from BSA National Supply.
shoulder pathes
Shoulder identification to distinguish Region and subcamp was discontinued in 1950. Troops wore their home town community and state strip. Explorers wore the green/brown strip. A few councils wore a khaki and red council strip, but they were not widely used. Some councils developed unique shoulder badges. Some councils identified these badges as for the Jamboree, others didn’t.
Council and Contingent Items
 
Trading or swapping was popular at the 1937 Jamboree. Trade items proliferated in 1950. There were dozens of contingent items. I’m showing just a small sampling.
 
1950 Boy Scout Jamboree Contingent Items
* Max Silber was a businessman/scouter from Daniel Webster Council in New Hampshire. His Jamboree belt buckles would be a prized Jamboree collectible through the 2005 Jamboree.
 
Max Silber Plaque



This plaque is sometimes attributed to Max Silber and it may be. But there are dozens of “cast” items that show up in Scout collecting. Foundry was a common merit badge and many things exist with wording Jamboree that were probably cast as part of a Foundry merit badge project.
 
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Paul Myers Goshen, Indiana
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