21st World Scout Jamboree

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21st World Scout Jamboree
21st World Scout Jamboree
Location Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex
Country United Kingdom
Date 2007-07-27 to 2007-08-08
Attendance 40,000 Scouts (est)

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The 21st World Jamboree was held in the summer of 2007, and formed a part of the Scouting 2007 Centenary celebrations of the World Scout Movement. The event is being hosted by the United Kingdom, as 2007 marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of Scouting on Brownsea Island.

The event was held for 12 days between the 27th of July and the 8th of August, in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. This site was selected because of the easy access to air and sea transport, and it is also near Gilwell Park, an important campsite and training centre for Scout Leaders.

Over 46,000 Scouts from the 216 countries which have a recognised Scout Movement (recognition is conferred by membership in the World Organization of the Scout Movement)camped for the event, with many others attending for day visits.

Purpose of the Jamboree

The first Jamboree was held in 1920, at Olympia, in the United Kingdom.

Since then, the event has been held every 4-5 years, with a break between the 1937 and 1947 Jamborees because of World War II, and also between the 1975 and 1983 events because of political instability in Iran. It has been hosted in many countries, although it has not yet taken place in Africa.

The Jamboree aims to promote Adventure, International Friendship, and the Development of Young People.

While this is not the largest encampment of Scouts ever held (over 50,000 young Scouts camped in Birkenhead at the Coming of Age Jamboree in 1929), the large numbers of day visitors and the many concurrent camps around the world made this the largest Scouting event since the movement started 100 years earlier.

Currently all but six of the territories of the world which have a recognised Scouting movement are sending scouts to this Jamboree, and efforts were made to get representation from every single territory.


Each Jamboree has a theme, and the 2007 Jamboree's was "One World, One Promise". This motto is incorporated on the Centenary badge and is available in the local language of all Scouting organisations who are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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