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5th World Jamboree, Netherlands, 1937
bids the Scouts farewell at the 5th World
Jamboree, Vogelenzang, the Netherlands, 1937
From: E. E. Reynolds, B-P:
The Story of His Life, 1943.
In August the World Jamboree was held in
Holland at Vogelenzang, when 28,000 Scouts of thirty-one nations camped together. Once
more the youth of the world gave a message of hope, but it could be but a faint beam in a
darkening sky. At the conclusion B.-P. gave his last Jamboree message; all there must have
realized that the sands of his life were running out, and his final, "Now good-bye.
God bless you all," was charged with a deep emotion of affection which made itself
felt throughout the vast assembly.
"The Emblem of our Jamboree is the
Jacobstaff. This was the instrument by which the navigators in old days found their way
across the seas. Let it also for us to-day be an instrument of guidance in our life. It is
the Cross which for all who are Christians points the way; but it is also a cross with
many arms; these are held out to embrace all creeds. Those eight arms, together with the
head and foot of the emblem, remind us of our ten Scout Laws.
"Go forth with this emblem to spread
the spirit of goodwill....
"Now the time has come for me to say
good-bye. I want you to lead happy lives. You know that many of us will never meet again
in this world. I am in my eighty-first year and am nearing the end of my life. Most of you
are at the beginning and I want your lives to be happy and successful. You can make them
so by doing your best to carry out the Scout Law all your days, whatever your station and
wherever you are. I want you all to preserve this badge of the Jamboree which is on your
uniform. I suggest that you keep it and treasure it and try to remember for what it
stands. It will be a reminder of the happy times you have had in camp; it will remind you
to take the ten points of your Scout Law as your guide in life; and it will remind you of
the many friends to whom you have held out the hand of friendship and so helped through
goodwill to bring about God's reign of peace among men.
"Now good-bye. God bless you
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