|The Jamboree Book,
1st World Jamboree, Olympia, England
Japanese Boy Scout
From: The Jamboree Book, 1920, Boy Scout Association
From: Boy Scout Association, The
Jamboree Book, 1920
0f the boys themselves nothing but
good can be said. The Rover Scouts covered themselves with glory at the jamboree. Hundreds
upon hundreds came to Olympia during the week, fine healthy fellows who represented . many
thousands of others unable to attend. Of them nothing was heard but praise. They filled
all sorts of odd jobs at short notice and left them only if their presence was urgently
required to play a part in the arena.
A few expressions of opinion by heads of
departments who had Rover Scouts acting on permanent and special duty during the jamboree
speak more eloquently than pages of mere words:
"This wonderful Rover has a fine,
quick brain and is invaluable in disaster, a nice manner and is capable of getting things
done at once: an invaluable assistant."
"At a moment of tremendous
excitement while the Chief was being ‘chaired’ on Saturday at the close of the jamboree,
there was considerable danger, and it was due solely to the ready handful of Rovers who
kept close up that an accident was averted.
"The crush was so great that had
anybody fallen before the ‘G’ sounded there would have been serious danger. At that
moment, as the Times said, ‘A miracle happened.’ "
"From all sides the reports come in
that the Rover Scouts, whenever they were put on a job, seemed to jump to the occasion in
an unaccountable way. Their reliability for all sorts of jobs and their readiness to come
up to the scratch to answer any appeal was very marked."
"I came across an athletic fellow, 6
feet high, a Rover from a distant country, who had given up his holiday to come up to the
jamboree. That was on the last Friday. He was on police duty. I asked him if he was
enjoying the jamboree and he answered, ‘Topping!’
"Have you been in the arena
"I was pinched for police duty on
one of the gates as soon as I arrived and have stuck to it ever since.
"But would you not like to see the
"Of course, but as I was put on the
job I thought it was the best thing I could do to stick here without asking
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