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16th World Scout Jamboree

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16th World Scout Jamboree
16th World Scout Jamboree
16th World Scout Jamboree
Location Sydney
Country Australia
Date 1987-1988
Attendance 14,434 Scouts

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The 16th World Scout Jamboree was held December 30, 1987 to January 7, 1988, the first World Scout Jamboree held in the Southern Hemisphere, and the first to change the date from the traditional August to January to coincide with summer. The Jamboree was hosted by Australia at Cataract Scout Park (now called Sydney Scout Park), a specially constructed Scout tent city situated on a 160-hectare site at Appin, near Sydney, New South Wales. 14,434 Scouts from 84 countries attended the Jamboree, with around 13,000 more in attendance on "Visiting Day". The theme was Bringing the World Together.

The course of New Year's Day passed during the Jamboree, and the opening ceremony of the Jamboree, at midnight on December 31, 1987, was the first official event of Australia's Bicentenary.

Highlights included the Challenge Valley obstacle course, and the Great Aussie Surf Carnival, for which all Scouts were shuttled in over 50 buses to Thirroul Beach.

The United Kingdom contingent included Betty Clay, daughter of the founder of Scouting, and eleven members of the Baden-Powell family, nine of whom were direct descendants of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell. In addition 18 Ranger Guides attended, the first time members of the Guide Association were allowed to take part in a World Jamboree.

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