1st World Jamboree, 1920
Olympia, London, England

From: The Jamboree Book, 1920, Boy Scout Association


As a member of the Scouts I should like cordially to associate myself with the welcome that is being offered to our brother Scouts from Overseas Dominions, and from so many foreign countries. I have seen for myself the effects of the Scout training towards giving the poorer boy his fair chance among the others in the race for life, and I realise what great possibilities it opens for the nation if only it receives a good measure of support from the public in the way of men and money for its wider extension. I sincerely wish complete success to the Jamboree."

—Albert, King of the Belgians

Who could fall to be impressed by the spectacle at Olympia on that Sunday, August 1st, 1920—those thousands of boys gathered from every part of the country, nay of the world—perhaps the largest assembly of boys ever held—a great picture, almost overwhelming in its pathos and promise, of youth and strength and hope seen against the background of a war-worn and distracted world. It was impossible not to realise that here was something far greater than a vast company of boys "playing at Red Indians," that it was in truth itself a great League of Nations which, if kept true to its ideals, held within it hope and strength and healing for the world.

Cosmo Ebor.

The first impression conveyed by the Jamboree at Olympia was that of an immense personal triumph for Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Surely to no other worker for the good of his fellows has it ever been given to see results upon such a scale or to meet with so full a measure of recognition! But close upon the heels of that impression came another—the realization of the tremendous importance of the work that he has done. To a world, weary of strife, yet unable to see any means of ending it, he has shown the youth of many nations gathering its forces to uphold principles of unselfishness, fair play and brotherly love. An inspiring spectacle and one full of encouragement for the future!

— Joseph Butt, Bishop of Cambysopolis,
Auxiliary to H.E. Cardinal Bourne, Archbishop of Westminster.

The Jamboree impressed me deeply. I came away feeling that nothing but good could come of such a gathering of youths as met in Olympia for that memorable week. The Scout Movement is one of the most hopeful of recent times. Purpose in life, self discipline, faith in one’s fellows, loyalty to one another, and to great ideals

Buoyancy, mirth, youthful energy, are to be of service, these are its key-notes, not crushed but directed and controlled for high ends. For a strong and noble manhood let the mettle, high spirits and vigour of young life be captured before it is debased, like precious coinage from the mint, by the rough handling of the world,

All power to the lads and their leaders!

—Thos. Nightingale, Secretary, Free Church Council.

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