Boy Scouts Of America Commemorative Medal Pendant, July 17-23, 1953.

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Boy Scouts Of America, Commemorative Medal Pendant, 3 National Jamboree July 17-23, 1953, Irvine Ranch California, Back Of Medal, Inscribed PP. OTT SC, and, The Copyright Symbol.

The 1953 National Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America was a remarkable event held at Irvine Ranch, California, from July 17 to 23. Let’s delve into the fascinating details:

  • Theme: The theme for this Jamboree was “Forward on Liberty’s Team.”
  • Attendance: A whopping 45,401 Scouts and Explorers participated in the Jamboree.
  • Celebrity Appearances: Due to its proximity to Hollywood, several movie stars graced the event, including Roy Rogers, James Stewart, and Bob Hope.
  • Presidential Visit: Both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon visited the Jamboree. Nixon even stayed overnight and helped prepare breakfast for his hometown troop.
  • Ocean Swims: Participants had the opportunity to swim in the Pacific Ocean, with an impressive 92,000 accident-free ocean swims.
  • Activities: The Jamboree featured Troop and Section campfires, a mammoth Scoutcraft demonstration, field sports, and a spectacular fireworks show.
  • Special Achievement Awards: These awards were introduced to teach and test Scouts in various Scoutcraft skills.
  • “Swapping” Tradition: Scouts engaged in the sport of “swapping” items, ranging from horned toads to Florida sea shells, Sequoia tree cones, and even some patches.
  • OA Service Corps: Building on the success of the first OA service troop at the 1950 Jamboree, the Order of the Arrow (OA) again selected Arrowmen to serve at this Jamboree. A total of 18 Arrowmen provided guard service, served as orderlies, and assisted in various Jamboree projects.
  • Fellowship Assembly: Arrowmen had a special assembly where they met top national OA leaders, sang camp songs, and renewed friendships with brothers from across the nation.

This historic Jamboree left an indelible mark on the scouting community, fostering camaraderie, adventure, and a spirit of service.

Item Code - MEMSOU1E31661HWAZ9

Width: 1 1/4''  Height: 1 1/2''  Depth: 1/16''  Weight: 8 g

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