scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Presidents and Jamborees
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Sat Aug 26 2000 - 17:16:56 CDT
<Paul S. Wolf wrote>
That, of course, is not true. First of all, the President DID appear at
Jambo 97. Second, few Presidents have actually attended Jambos.
The reference was to 1993, not all Jamobrees in his presidency. He is
certainly not the first president not to attend. I can fill in at least two:
Can anyone fill in the following table:
Date Location President Attended?
---- --------------------------- ---------- ---------
1937 Washington, D.C. Roosevelt YES
1950 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Truman ?
1953 Irvine Ranch, California Eisenhower ? Eisenhower didn't,
he sent Nixon
1957 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Eisenhower ?
1960 Colorado Springs, Colorado Eisenhower ?
1964 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Johnson ?
1969 Farragut State Park, Idaho Nixon ?
1973 Farragut State Park, Idaho, and Nixon ?
Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania Nixon ?
1977 Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania Carter ? Carter didn't
1981 Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia Reagan No
1985 Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia Reagan No - recovering from
1989 Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia Bush YES
1993 Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia Clinton No
1997 Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia Clinton YES
Reagan may not have attended the '85 Jambo, but it wasn't because he was
recovering from the assassination attempt. That would have been 1981. I
believe Bush went to either the '81 or '85 Jambo as Vice-President, but I
can't seem to remember one way or another.
For the record, the president is ALWAYS invited to visit the Jamborees. In
1937, Roosevelt wasn't invited, he was the one who invited the Scouts. Now,
you'd think the proximity of the Jamboree to D.C., and the advanced warning
the president gets, that he could manage to schedule a visit, but it's not
I can tell you from personal experience that the adults were the only ones
talking about Clinton's character at the '97 Jambo. The Scouts were
genuinely happy he showed up, and they gave him a warm welcome. As far as I
know, there were only two incidences of un-Scoutlike behavior. The first
involved an adult leader who decided to video tape the president by standing
directly in front of the Scouts in my troop. When I asked him to move, he
explained that he was filming the show "for the Scouts back home." After I
responded, "what about the Scouts who are right here?" he gave me a nasty
look and moved out of the way.
The second incident involved the Scouts who joined the president on stage.
It wasn't the Scout's who were rude, though, it was the Secret Service.
You'd think a Boy Scout Jamboree would be the last place anyone would
attempt to injure the president.
A. J. Mako, Scoutmaster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Portage District, Great Trail Council