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Birmingham City Council

Programme of Events



The World Scout Jubilee Jamboree was a unique gathering of scouts from all parts of the world. It actually comprised of three events, a World Scout Jamboree, a World Rover Moot, and a World Scouters Indaba. These had never been held in the same place at the same time before. The Jamboree was planned as a major world celebration of the centenary of Lord Baden Powells birth and the golden jubilee of the world wide movement he founded. It was not the first jamboree by any means, infact it was the ninth, but in terms of numbers and countries represented it would be the biggest by far.

Of course this meant there was something going on everyday of the Jamboree, mostly for the scouts themselves, but also for the thousands of visitors who came to see the event. Some idea of the varied programme can be gleaned from the timetable below.

  • Thursday 1st August: Official Opening by the Duke of Gloucester
  • Saturday 3rd August: Visit by Queen and Prince Philip; Air Scouts Display
  • Monday 5th August: Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Tuesday 6th August: Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Cub Day
  • Saturday 10th August: Visit by the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan; Sea Scouts Display
  • Monday 12th August: Official Closing by Olave, Lady Baden Powell

The Sutton Park Visitor Centre is helping to compile an oral history archive of this event. We are interested in speaking to local residents who remember the event, who may have taken part or even helped in the organisation and related activities. We have already had some great anecdotes and some fascinating photographs but are still hungry for more. The project will eventually form a publicly accessible part of the Sutton Reference Library collection as a permanent history of the event.

If you have anything you'd like to share you can contact the Sutton Park Visitor Centre on: 0121 355 6370, Email us at: sutton.park.visitors.centre@birmingham.gov.uk Or just drop in to our location near town gate for a cup of tea and a chat.




World Scout Jubilee Jamboree 1st 12th August 1957
Preparing for the Event
Facts and Figures
Clearing Up
Camp Layout