The place was London, England. The year is 1920. And more than 8,000 Scouts representing 34 countries gathered. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, stands before them.
“If it be your will, let us go forth from here fully determined that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among men,” Lord Baden-Powell said.
And so marked the first ever World Scout Jamboree.
Twenty more world Scout jamborees have taken place in countries across the world from Chile to the Philippines. In 2011, 91 years later, an estimated 38,000 Scouts representing 150 countries joined in Kristianstad, Sweden for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.
The theme this year was “Simply Scouting,” but don’t let the name fool you.
Keeping it simple didn’t mean reverting to caveman ways. In fact, this may have been one of the most high-tech jamborees to date. That being said, you didn’t have to be in Sweden to know exactly what went down at the jamboree.
Here are a few ways Scouts around the world kept up with the action in Sweden.
A team of professional TV reporters, International Service Team members and youth correspondents collaborated to create Jamboree TV, better known as “Jam N.”
The series is presented in both English and French, but you don’t need a translator to see that Scouts had a jammin’ good time at the jamboree.
There’s An App For That
Many Scouts downloaded Bambuser, an application that allows you to post live videos to the web from your mobile device.
Bambuser looks like your average video recorder app, but instead of pressing the ‘record’ button you press the ‘broadcast’ button. You’re now broadcasting live on the web.
The jamboree showed all of the live videos as they were recorded by the Scouts on their website. You can’t get much closer to the action than that.
Tune In For The Latest Jambo News
“Radio Jamboree” featured Scout interviews, stories, daily news coverage and great music from around the world. Scouts even brought their own CDs or mp3 files to request songs.
“Radio Jamboree” broadcasted live so listeners could keep up with all the excitement no matter where in the world they were.
Prefer paper? Check out Hej Jam!, the 22nd World Scout Jamboree’s official magazine. You can download issues for free from the jamboree website.
Issues include the daily news, major highlights, plenty of photos and even some cartoon strips.
You can always count on the jamboree Facebook page and Twitter feed to check out highlights and photos from the jamboree.
Yep, spreading the good word of Scouting has certainly come a long way from the first jamboree. With TV, radio and live video it’s hard to miss out on all the great things Scouting has to offer.
So tell us, did the 2011 World Jamboree get you pumped up for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit?
Not only will the Summit host national jamborees in 2013 and 2017, but the 2019 World Scout Jamboree will be headed to West Virginia, too!