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Our History

1935 National Jamboree Cancelled

1935 National Jamboree

The 1935 25th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Jubilee National Jamboree was scheduled for August 21 – 30, in Washington, DC. Every registered troop in every Council was entitled to send one Scout – to fulfill President Roosevelt’s wish that,

every nook and cranny of America be represented in the Jamboree.

Scouts from across the country prepared for this great event marking the historic anniversary of Scouting in America. Just before the jamboree, Franklin Roosevelt issued a Presidential Proclamation cancelling the jamboree because of an outbreak of infantile paralysis (Polio). Some Scouts were in route by train when the word came of the Cancellation.

The OA had planned to have some form of a get-together for Arrowmen, but that too had to be postponed. The Jamboree was rescheduled and held in the summer of 1937 on the National Mall in Washington D.C.