Every national Scout jamboree logo, from 1935 to 2017

National Scout Jamboree logos have come in many different shapes since 1935 — circle, square, rectangle and some shapes that don’t have names.

But every jamboree logo has one thing in common: the Scouting spirit. These logos become patches, T-shirts and neckerchiefs that unite Scouts (and now Venturers) under a common jamboree banner. When you see someone wearing the logo from a jamboree you attended, you’ve got an instant bond.

Everyone who attends a jamboree (Scouting’s quadrennial event) wears the logo patch above his or her right pocket for months before and years after the event. That’s a great way to invite others to ask you how much fun you had at the jamboree.

Today I thought we’d look at jamboree logos through the years and see how they’ve evolved. I’ll start with the logo for the 1935 jamboree that was canceled because of polio and end with the 2017 jamboree logo, unveiled today.

It’s interesting to see how some elements were carried over from jamboree to jamboree, while others made an appearance only once.

Tell me in the comments: Which logos are your favorites? Which jamboree patches are in your collection?

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35 Comments

  1. I have every patch except 1935 and 1937. I think my favorite design is 1969, though the 2013 one is pretty nice. I like them because they are different. They aren’t the red/white/blue, American Flag, Eagle, and Fleur De Lis cookie cutter that dominate the other designs. The patches from 1977 to 1985 are my least favorite. 2013 was different because it was woven and not embroidered, and the color combo is appealing. There’s also no big theme plastered across the 2013 design like “A bridge to the future”, leaving room for the details of climbing, kayaking in the gorge. Who designed 2013? Are they available for future designs?

  2. My favorite is the 2010 Jambo patch. Partly because I was there, but more so because it was the 100th anniversary year and I thought the design was classic.
    Not sure what they were thinking either from ’85 to ’93. Awful looking patches. Kinda of have a cheesy camporee look to them.

  3. I have all the patches & neckerchiefs except the 2013 series. I think the 1969 Jambo patch is the best looking patch so far.

  4. My favorite is the ’60 since it is the only one I attended. I did not have much of the normal jamboree camper experience since I worked for the Supply Division on the trading post staff. I had very little time off. Did not go to Pikes Peak or the Air Force Academy. But saw them both from afar from the Reverse J Diamond Ranch.

  5. We earned our Jambo patch at MORE RAIN! Pennsylvania…..in 1977 At 8AM the rain was coming down in buckets, while our troop sang… “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” in front of the Chief Scouts Tent. He stuck his head out and gave the boys a wave and thumbs up sign. SCOUT SPIRIT!

  6. My favorite patch is the 1937 that was the year I was born I had a hard time finding it and cost an arm and a leg but is was worth it. Trenton Spears

  7. Our one and only, 2010. Daughter in what turned out to be the last Venturing exhibit, and son next door in the OA Indian village. So glad we made it happen. Son turned 16, and was then old enough to be on staff, the day we drove thru Nashville. Birthday meal was at Joe’s Crab Shack, and then back on the road.

  8. Since 1964 is the only one I attended as a registered participant, it’s still the one I wear wear on my uniform 50 years later. I did visit my son at the 1997 one but just visiting doesn’t allow you to wear a Jamboree emblem.

  9. I have my grandfather’s ’35 & ’37 patches, neckerchiefs, little tin pinky rings, And I was 3ASM in ’89. Now my son is Webelos 2, hopefully we can go to another jamboree together.

  10. I enjoy each and every patch. I attended the 1960, 1985, 2001, 2005, and 2010 Jamborees. I have all of those along with a host of others that have been given to me along the way by Scouts who attended or simply found in rumage sales uniforms. Great way to remember!

    • You asked what year the jamboree was held at two sites: 1973. I wish they still traveled from location to location – just because it would be nice if it were occasionally held in the west. Our council extorts an extra $1000 or more for the jamboree that goes into the council coffers, making the price 3 times the cost of someone from the east who attends.

  11. I live in Connecticut where the Newtown shootings happened.So in memory of that the Council i went to the Jamboree with made a patch to go around the 2013 version that had the handprints of the kids and said “in memory of Newtown shooting”

    • We had a plaque on display for the SSTV Benjamin Chase in the Sea Scout exhibit. A Scoutmaster gave me one of those frames and I wore it for the Wheelers and Kowalskis when they visited us that August. To this day, our Unit Grace ends “and may the souls of the faithful departed, especially Benjamin and Chase, rest in Peace.” It is prohibited to say the killer’s name in our unit.

  12. My favorite so far is 2013. I really like the design and it was completely different than all the previous patterns. Luckily it also is the one on both my son and daughter’s uniforms. We were proud to be able to send them both (one as a Boy Scout, one as a Venturer, both as youth participants)! Sadly, changes in work and the price tag x3 means that patch isn’t on my uniform shirts. Looks like the 2017 logo will get that honor!

  13. I was fortunate to grow up next to Farragut State Park where the 69 and 73 Jamborees were held.. I have patches from both as my brother attended in 69 and a cousin in 73. From the shows with Bob Hope to watching the scouting skill demonstrations these events were a memorable part of my youth.

  14. I have a 1935 patch still in package.the half moon arm patches and troop flags and some books.If anyone is interested in buying.

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