Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: 1971 World Jamboree
Re: 1971 World Jamboree
Wed, 14 Oct 1998 20:26:33 +0000
Bob Gallo wrote:
>>1971. Japan. 31 female Explorers and four female Advisors,
>>representing all 12 Regions of the BSA as well as the Far East=20
>>Transatlantic Councils (one each from each overseas Council)
>>attended the World Jamboree that year, the first time that the=20
>>sent a co-ed Exploring contingent. Since then, they've been
>>really hard-pressed to do the same again....(something about that
>>first time thing).
>I attended the 1971 World Jamboree (held in Japan) as an Explorer
>from the Los Angeles Area Council. I don=92t remember seeing or=
>hearing about any female BSA Explorers as part of the BSA=20
>contingent from any of the old 12 regions (in separate units or=20
The 35 females were part of the new "young adult" Exploring=20
Division, and they did attend the Jamboree, according to the BSA.
_Scouting_ and the young "Exploring" Magazine both carried stories=
on getting the crew together and attending. Perhaps, like a lot of=
BSA folks that get to go to a World Jamboree, they didn't camp=20
onsite nor got to participate fully...which would explain why...
>As a matter of fact, I don=92t recall seeing any female Scout=20
>participants from any country (visitors, yes . . . but not=20
>participants). Back then, BSA Explorers
>attending Jamborees were mixed with Boy Scout participants from=20
>their councils when forming Jamboree troops.=20
Male Explorers, yep. Female Explorers, something *new* to the BSA,
nope..I'm sure they were NOT a part of the regional contingents but=
on their own.
>>>Would they have worn "Smokey" hats.
>>No. For the record, they wore the red berets in both 1971 and
>>again in 1973 (just about everyone did for the National=20
>>The Blue berets for Cub Scouters came out in the fall of 1973.
>The official hat for ALL members of the BSA contingent to the 1971
>World Jamboree was a red baseball-style cap that had the BSA=20
>contingent patch sewn on to the front. There were no red berets=
>worn by BSA members attending the '71 WJ.=20
Again, for the males, nope. The question was for the *females*,=20
Bob. From the limited stuff I've got here, the beret was=20
introduced with the *intention* of Scouts taking it to the WJ; and=
I'm sure that there were some Scouts that got one and wore it. But
I'm pretty confident that the female Explorers got to wear the=20
kelly green "leadership corps" shirts and the red berets.
Hope this helps out a little... I was too young for the World=20
Jamboree that year, so I've got to rely on old clippings and=20
magazine articles and stuff to go by....I did remember that there=
was a BIG PUSH to get BSA participants from each of the Regions to=
attend....and that the BSA was bending over backwards to get a more=
diverse group of contingent and contingent leaders to attend.
(c) 1998 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") blkeagle@=
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