By: Scoutmaster John C. McDonald, Ret.
We attended the Canadian Jamboree in P.E.I., called CJ'77, with Scouts from all over the world. Each morning a Troop was selected to raise the flag at the main Flagpole. One morning we, as a Troop, were selected to perform this task. What an honor!! That morning was a rainy, bitter cold morning and the Head of our Sub-camp came by and said that due to the weather we could wear long pants and a jacket. I approached our gang and to a man they said that we always raise the flag at our camps in full uniform and to do otherwise at such an event would be a black mark on our Troops history. After we raised our own Flag at our site we proceeded to march to the main site, in our short sleeves and bare legs. As we paraded past other campsite we noticed Scouts running back to their tents to change. The routine was to follow the selected Troop to the main site for the principal flag-raising and to hear any messages or the days program changes. As we approached the headquarters we even noticed dignitaries shedding their Jackets and sweaters. We sure made history that day.
World Jamboree - South Korea 1991
World Jamboree - Netherlands 1995
By: Michael Smeets, 1st BDU Scouts