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World Scout Jamboree History

 

Australia has been represented at all previous World Scout Jamborees.
 
The following table lists details of host countries, themes, attendance, countries and size of the Australian Contingent.
 
 

 

WSJ
Year
Host Country
Theme
Attendance
Countries
Australian Contingent
Contingent Leader
1st
1920
United Kingdom
Develop World Peace
8,000
34
 8
 F.W. Eddes (NSW)
2nd
1924
Denmark
World Citizenship
4,549
34
120*
E.H.C. Russell (VIC)
3rd
1929
United Kingdom
Coming of Age
50,000
69
190
C.A. Hoadley (VIC)
4th
1933
Hungary
Face New Adventures
25,792
46
87
 C.S. Snow (QLD)
5th
1937
Netherlands
Lead Happy Lives
28,750
54
90
W.P. Fooks (SA)
6th
1947
France
Jamboree of Peace
24,152
42
5*
 -
7th
1951
Austria
Jamboree of Simplicity
12,884
61
96
 H.M. Kemp (SA)
8th
1955
Canada
New Horizons
11,139
71
35
A.G. Oldham (VIC)
9th
1957
United Kingdom
50th Anniversary of Scouting
30,000
80
169
 
10th
1959
Philippines
Building Tomorrow Today
11,856
50 19
 
11th
1963
Greece
Higher and Wider
13,717
89
38 A.J. Peake (SA)
12th
1967
USA
For Friendship
12,011
105
150
 James Jacoby (VIC)
13th
1971
Japan
For Understanding
23,758
87
325
 
14th
1975
Norway
Five Fingers, One Hand
17,259
91
88
 
15th 1979 Iran - Cancelled* - -
15th
1983
Canada
The Spirit Lives On
14,752
101
180
Bert Gardner (NSW)
16th
1987-88
Australia
Bringing the World Together
14,434
84
4,245
 Alan Sherlock (QLD)
17th
1991
South Korea
Many Lands, One World
20,000
135
 
 David Jones (VIC)
18th
1995
Netherlands
Future is Now
28,960
166
 (12 patrols)
 Richard Simpson (VIC)
19th
1998-99
Chile
Building Peace Together
31,000
157
 (6 patrols)
 Ian Lightbody (QLD)
20th
2002-03
Thailand
Share our World, Share our Cultures
24,000
147
142
David Bossen (VIC)
21st
2007
United Kingdom
One World, One Promise
38,074
162
170 Grant de Fries (NSW)
22nd
2011
Sweden
Simply Scouting
40,061
166
192* Phil Harrison (QLD)
23rd
2015
Japan
A Spirit of Unity
33,838
155
337*
 Aaron Wardle (NSW)
24th
2019
North America*
Unlock a New World
 
 
 
 Phil Britt (VIC)

 

 

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Only Scouts from New South Wales attended the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920.
  • 240 Australians travelled to the Empire Jamboree in England in 1924 of which 120 continued to Denmark for the 2nd World Scout Jamboree.
  • The official Australian Contingent to the 6th World Scout Jamboree was cancelled due to a shipping shortage after World War II, however 5 Scouting members travelled independently to represent Australia.
  • Scouts paid £300 each and travelled for 5 months to attend the 7th World Scout Jamboree in Austria in 1951.
  • The Australian Contingent travelled on a chartered Qantas Boeing 707 aircraft between Sydney and San Francisco to attend the 12th World Scout Jamboree in USA in 1967.
  • Over 16,000 Scouts (including the 325-strong Australian Contingent) were evacuated from the Jamboree site for 48 hours as a result of continuous rain and gale force winds associated with Typhoon Olive during the 13th World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 1971.
  • The 15th World Scout Jamboree in Iran in 1979 was cancelled due to political instability with several international "World Jamboree Year" camps being held instead in Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
  • The 16th World Scout Jamboree was the first official event of the Australian Bicentenary held at Cataract Scout Park in NSW and was opened at midnight on Thursday 31 December by the Governor General and Chief Scout of Australia - Sir Ninian Stephen.
  • Cataract Scout Park, with an area of 160 hectares south of Sydney, was the venue of the first World Scout Jamboree held in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Two Australians - Adam Kilpatrick and Stephen Warren-Smith - cycled 16,661km over 269 days from Adelaide to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011.
  • The Australian Contingent hosted two Scouts from Timor Leste to attend the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011.
  • In 2015, the Australian Contingent included 331 full time members in addition to 6 Scouting Guests that camped for part of the Jamboree experience.
  • The 2019 World Scout Jamboree is the first ever to be jointly hosted by three countries - Canada, USA and Mexico - and will be held at "The Summit" in West Virginia.

 

 

 

If you have more interesting facts or other details of past contingents, please email wjcontingentleader@scouts.com.au so that this page can be updated.