In 1957 the Jamboree returned to Valley Forge. The theme of “Onward for God and My Country” had been used since 1950 and was used again in 1957. Much of the infrastructure was already in place. Again the theme of visiting Philadelphia and immersing Scouts in US history was emphasized. Scouting Leaders refer to “generations” of scouts. Boys enter at age 11/12 and while some become Explorers, many leave at about 15/16. By having Jamborees every four years, every Scout generation has an opportunity to participate.

Scouts received two embroidered badges and neckerchiefs. Badges were again ordered in huge quantities and varieties exist. The Jamboree would have 52,5800 scouts and leaders.
1957 boy scout Jamboree Scput ItemsEvery Scout received a badge, a neckerchief, ID card and baggage tag. This is the basic 1957 Jamboree set. Although many collectors add a back and leather emblem.
Variations of 1957 Jamboree 3" pocket patches
 
There are three distinct varieties and a 1973-1977 reproduction, made by BSA. With 52,000 Scouts and Leaders the demand for badges was huge. The varieties are caused by BSA using different manufacturers.1957 Boy Scout Jamboree Pocket Patches
I believe that A is the first issue, mailed to registered participants. I have had hundreds of 1957 Jamboree, 3’ pocket badges and seldom find a “mint” Type A. Type B & C were probably sold at the Trading Posts.
 
 
1957 Prototype
1957 boy scout jamboree prototype patch




This is the well known prototype for the 1957 Jamboree pocket patch. The lettering seems almost identical but Washington kneeling is totally different. I state elsewhere that prototypes were probably available to members of the Insignia Committee, perhaps Region level Scouters and certain individuals at the National office. They are collectible but because of limited distribution, they are very scarce.
1957 Jamboree Neckerchiefs
1957 boy scout national jamboree neckechief




There are two varieties of the 1957 neckerchief. Thick and thin lettering.
 
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