The 1960 Jamboree celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Scouting in the USA, with an additional theme of “Onward for God and My Country”. It was held on four square miles, 2500 acres of the Reverse Diamond Ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado. It took two years to develop the site, it was previously open range. Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, the Rocky Mountains, the Denver Mint and the Air Force Academy were popular tours, depending on where the contingents were traveling from. Many troops visited Philmont and some hiked as part of their tour. The Jamboree had 56,000 registered Scouts with 200,000 visitors often overwhelming the facilities. The influx of visitors had been a concern at previous Jamborees but in 1960 the facilities were severely strained. Future Jamborees planning would have to develop plans to accommodate such a large volume of visitors.
1960 Boy Scout Jamboree common itemsEvery Scout received a badge, a neckerchief, ID card and baggage tag. This is the basic 1960 Jamboree set. Many collectors also add a jacket and leather emblem.
1960 boy scout jamboree pocket patches
Variations of the 1960 Jamboree 3" pocket patches
 
There are two varieties and a 1973-1977 reproduction, made by BSA. With 56,000 Scouts and 200,000 visitors the demand for badges was huge. The varieties are caused by BSA using different manufacturers.

There are two varieties of the 6” backpatch. Probably caused by two different manufacturers. Type B is much scarcer than A.
1960 boy scout nationajamboree pocket patches
In addition to the eagle detailing, Type A has distinct points in the white behind the eagle while Type B is more rounded. This may indicate a third manufacturer.
1960 leather boy scout pack patch1950 boy scout pack




The leather 4 1/2” “pack patch” introduced in 1957 was sold at the Trading Posts and would be available for many Jamboree’s in the future. The leather emblem was designed to be sewn on a backpack, but from my experience few were.
1960 Prototype
1960 prototype pocket and hatch patch



 Prototype exist for the 1960 pocket and hat patch. Prototypes are collectible but because of limited distribution, they are generally very scarce.

(to the far left) Made by manufacturer A. Colorado was eliminated on the production badge. A faint image is shown on the next to last page of the souvenir booklet.
1960 bot scout jamboree promotional material


Promotion was still necessary but the Jamboree didn’t need to be explained. All Jamborees are appealing, but there is something special about attending a 50th event. Some of the pioneers of Scouting were still alive and attended.
 
1960 boy scout national convention manuals


BSA probably had more experience in feeding and housing 50,000 people in a makeshift camp for a week than anyone except possibly the US Army.
 
Organization and How To manuals had been under development since 1950. The BSA seemed to have it down to a science. It’s quite a project to have 56,000 scouts and 200,000+ visitors, in what previously had been open range.
1960 boy scout golden jamboree equipment manual

Elsewhere I stress the importance of proper uniforms. Jamboree paper is often of interest to collectors and historians. Besides seeing what’s available you can see prices. The 1960 pocket patch was .40, the jacket emblem $1.00 and the neckerchief $1.00. Collectors bemoan the fact that Jamboree items aren’t valuable, yet a 1960 PP usually sells for $5-$6.00. Not a bad return on a .40 investment.
1960 boy scout jamboree community strips 
Contingents wore their community and state strip. Some used a council strip. The trend towards unique Jamboree shoulder badges continued, especially in California. 
1960 boy scout national jamboree community strips 
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Paul Myers Goshen, Indiana
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