The Jamboree Experience
 
Jamboree PatchesJamboree Patches
There’s something about a Jamboree that that brings Scouts and adults back time after time. The 1937 Jamboree was a quagmire of mud with daily torrential rains. Other Jamborees have had hot weather, long lines and Patrol Cooking. But Scouts and Scouters love the opportunity to get together every four years. A successful businessman friend worked Commissary Staff.

After each Jamboree he complained that he worked like a dog, mostly at night. He couldn’t sleep in a tent during the day with temperatures near 90 degrees. For sixteen years, four Jamborees he complained, but when ill health actually prevented his going he was despondent. Scouters love Jamboree’s.
The neckerchiefs above are one Scouts story. His brother attended the 1950 Jamboree. He attended 1953 and 1957 as a youth and 1960 as a leader.
Things that might confuse you
 
In later years many things were reproduced, often by the BSA with the 1953 Jamboree logo on them. On earlier pages I show the reproduction pocket patch, but here are other items.
1953 Boy Scouts Jamboree Repro Items
1953 Boy Scouts Jamboree Repro Items
Coins were reproduced in 1973 in both gold and silver. The design is similar to the authentic but details are different. Belt buckles and bolo ties were introduced at the same time. The buckle and bolo are generic, the gold or silver coin is inserted for the appropriate year.
 
pages from 1953 boy scout jamboree souvenir book
pages from 1953 boy scout jamboree souvenir book
pages from 1953 boy scout jamboree souvenir book
The 1953 souvenir book is 60 pages, each scout received one. 
 
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Paul Myers Goshen, Indiana
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