1955 8th WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
The 8th World Scout Jamboree was held in 1955 and was hosted by Canada at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The Jamboree saw the introduction of the World Membership Badge which is still worn on the uniforms of Scouts the world over.
This was the first World Jamboree to be held in the Western Hemisphere (indeed, the first outside of Europe).This event was known as the Jamboree of New Horizons. There are some incredible tales of the efforts made by Scouts to attend the Jamboree. This included two whaling boats which sailed up the river from Montreal through the Rideau Canal and across Lake Ontario. In addition, the New Zealand contingent departed 4 months ahead of the event, traveling over 30,000 miles on the way. There were also three Brazilian Scouts who arrived after traveling by jeep from their hometown.
The setting was a rolling parkland on the Commons of Fort George National Historic Site. A total of 11,139 participants from 71 countries were present. The event was notable for the number of Scout contingents that crossed the Atlantic by air to attend - 1,000 from Great Britain alone.
This jambore had many firsts: all cooking was done over charcoal; television came to a World Scout Jamboree; so did Hurricane Connie! The 50th Anniversary of the Jamboree was celebrated in September of 2005 at which time a plaque commemorating the event was unveiled. The Niagara Parks Commission also planted a memorial oak tree.