1963 – 11th World Scout Jamboree
11th World Scout Jamboree
1 – 11 August 1963
The 11th World Scout Jamboree was held in Marathon, Greece in 1963. The Chief Scout of Greece, HRH Crown Prince Constantine, attended every one of the event’s 11 days. There was an Olympic theme to the Jamboree, with the triathlon and other sporting events taking place. A major event was the “Labours of Hercules” – a series of tasks designed to test the strength, skill, and stamina of participants.
The Jamboree Camp had eleven sub-camps for the participating Scouts and five sub-camps for administrative and technical personnel, and covered a total area of about 5 square kilometres. The Camp Chief was Demetrios Alexatos.
The focus of the camp was the “Greek Village” which offered sights and sounds, food and entertainment from all over Greece. There was also a 20,000-seat amphitheatre, and refreshment stands and expositions all around camp.
Flags at the Jamboree were placed at half-mast in mourning after the bulk of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines contingent died in the crash of United Arab Airlines Flight 869 on 28 July 1963, in the Arabian Sea nine nautical miles from Madh Island, India.
- James Gavin