THE SCOUT JAMBOREE BOOK
American Scouts at the 4th World Jamboree
|The Totem of the
Fourth World Jamboree
On horseback, left to right:
Lord Baden-Powell, Chief Scout of the World,
J. W. Wilson, Gilwell Park Camp Chief, Count Teleki,
Jamboree Camp Chief, Dr. F. M. de Molnar,
International Commissioner, Hungary.
In 1933, the Boy Scouts of America published The 1933 Scout Jamboree Book.
This report tells the story of American participation in the 4th World Jamboree was
written by James E. West, Chief Scout Executive and William Hillcourt and published by G.
P. Putnam’s Sons, New York and London. It continued a series begun with the
publication of The Scout Jamboree Book after the 3rd World Jamboree in 1929.
by James E. West,
Chief Scout Executive
FOUR hundred and six lucky American Scouts and Scouters have returned from one of the
most outstanding events of their Scouting lives—the Fourth World jamboree.
For two full weeks, they mingled with Brother Scouts, from all parts of the world,
gathered in the Royal Castle Park of Gödöllõ, seventeen miles east of Budapest,
Hungary. And as they came back to their homes, they brought with them the friendships of
boys from countries far away, the memories of a glorious adventure and a realization of
the world-wide reach of our Movement.
This book, a straightforward narrative of that amazing event, tells the story of the
Jamboree to the many thousands of American Scouts and Scouters who were not able to
It will unroll for them the thrills experienced by every boy who was there and will
give them a glimpse of the soul of the Jamboree, the spirit of friendliness among the boys
of the world, gathered together, proving that the Scout Ideals are live ideals, that the
Scout Oath and Law stand for the best qualities within any boy’s heart—regardless of
race, nationality or creed.
In the preparation of this material I have had the editorial assistance of Mr. William
Hillcourt, a member of the Editorial Staff of "Boys’ Life."
We gratefully acknowledge our thanks, for the cooperation in preparing this book, to
all the Scouts and Scouters of the American Jamboree Contingent, but particularly to
Irving Axelrad, Clarence R. Pierce, Fred Bliss, Raymond Royal, Lynn Brua III, H. T.
Sawyer, Charles Cherris, Joe Summers, Stan Goulter, Stuart P. Walsh, Mervin Rea Helmreich
and Jack Williams.
Gratefully dedicated to
our good friend Dr. F. M. De Molnar
International Scout Commissioner of Hungary
For his untiring efforts for the success of the Jamboree
Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States
to Walter W. Head, President of the Boys Scouts of America
The White House
Walter W. Head, Esq.,
President, Boy Scouts of America,
New York, N. Y.
July 20, 1933
Dear President Head:
As Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America, I take great pleasure in extending
greetings on behalf of this Association to the Scouts and Scouters assembled at the Fourth
World Jamboree and Seventh International Conference of Scouting, representing practically
the whole civilized world. Since the beginning of our Scout Movement in America
twenty-three years ago, more than five million men and boys have been enrolled as members,
and on their behalf I send this message to Lord Baden Powell, Chief Scout of the World and
to brother Scouts abroad.
It stirs our imagination and kindles our emotions to contemplate the possible
implications growing out of this pilgrimage of these young men and boys representing more
than seventy different nationalities camping and living together for two weeks in good
fellowship and harmony.
The future basis of international good will must rest on mutual understanding and
loyalty to high ideals. Such gatherings as this are among the most important contributions
to world peace that have ever been developed.
I wish the Boy Scout Movement every success in this splendid undertaking and earnestly
hope that the magnificent possibilities of this occasion will be realized to the Greatest
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt
Chapter I. In which we Open the
Fourth World Jamboree
Chapter II. In which we Turn Back the
Clock to find out what Jamborees are
Chapter III. In which we Use the opportunity to
"See America First" .
Chapter IV. In which B. P. Comes Visiting and
the People of Godollo greet us
Chapter V. In which we Set out on A Trip
Around the World in One Day in an attempt to break all previous speed records
Chapter VI. In which we Roam through History and
several dark continents
Chapter VII. In which we Trail the Wild Paprika Bird
and end our ‘Round the World’ journey
Chapter VIII. In which we Go Shopping, Visit the Air Scouts
and say Good-by to B. P.
Chapter IX. In which we Join Admiral Horthy
around a Camp Fire
Chapter X. In which we Go Excursioning,
put on our Display, and stage an International Party
Chapter XI. In which we Close the Fourth World
Jamboree and Light our Last Fire
Appendix I. Fourth World Jamboree Day
Appendix II. Countries Represented at the
Fourth World Jamboree
Appendix III. American Contingent to the Fourth World
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