1957 Jamboree Back and Pack Badges
 
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There are two varieties of the 6” backpatch. The details in Washington are different but so are the size of the stars in BSA. Type A has a serif, top of 1, while B does not.
1957 boy scout national jamboree leather patch




The leather 4 1/2” “pack patch” was introduced in 1957. It would become a standard Trading Post item at
future Jamboree’s. There are variations in the shades of brown in leather emblems from later Jamborees, but 1957 leathers all seem to be the darker shade of brown.
1957 bot scout nayional jamboree poster Promotion was still necessary but after three Jamborees it didn’t need to be explained as much. There are posters and all kinds of “On to the Jamboree” themes in printed material.

The design of the 1957 poster (left) is similar to the 1950 and 1953 posters. After 1953 the Scout is in an Explorer shirt.
 
 
1950 boy scout national jamboree manuals


By 1957 the BSA probably had more experience in feeding and housing 50,000 people in a makeshift camp for a week than anyone except the USA Army.
 
Since 1950 literature and manuals had been under development, by 1957 the BSA seemed to have it down to a science.
home town strips
Contingents wore their home town community and state strip. Some used a council strip. By 1957 the trend towards unique Jamboree shoulder badges gained acceptance. Some badges identified the Jamboree while others had just the council name but were developed for the Jamboree. 
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Contingent items proliferated. Badges, neckerchiefs and miscellaneous
1957 boy scout national convention patches
Local businesses supported the contingents, and make trade items. The contingent from Lansing, MI. drove new Buick’s to and from the Jamboree, courtesy of Buick. 
1957 boy scout national convention souvenier items 
1957 boy scouts sardines souvinerIn 1957, for the first of many Jamborees, Sardines from Maine were available. Sardines from Maine would become a Jamboree tradition.

Most Regions still didn’t allowed Scouts to wear official Regional insignia. Region 5 and 6 developed badges for Scout wear. Some Regions had neckerchiefs and slides. After 1957 there would be an explosion of Regional items made for the Jamboree. A History of the Twelve Regions, by Bushore and Koppen has an incredible number of neckerchiefs and slides. A high percentage of the slides are probably unofficial, but collectors don’t seem to care. John Koppen does an amazing job of cataloging them.
 
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The 1957 National coincided with the 1957, World Jamboree in England. Scouts who would attend the W.J. camped with their local council contingents troops. World Jamboree Scouts wore the USA international travel badge at the National Jamboree. Region 7 Scouts who would go to the W.J. wore and traded this neckerchief at the National Jamboree.
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