1987 16th WORLD SCOUT JAMBOREE
The 16th World Scout Jamboree was held at Cataract Park, a specially constructed Scout tent town situated on a 160 hectare site near Sydney, Australia. This was the first World Scout Jamboree to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. Under the theme 'Bringing the World Together', 14,434 Scouts from 84 countries attended the jamboree with around 13,000 more in attendance on 'visiting day'. The UK contingent included 18 Ranger Guides (the first time members of the Guide Association have been allowed to take part in a World Scout Jamboree).
Mrs Betty Clay, daughter of the Founder, and 11 members of the Baden-Powell family, 9 of whom are direct descendants of B-P were in attendance with the scouts in Australia. The opening ceremony of the Jamboree, which took place at midnight on December 31, 1987, was the first official event of Australia's Bicentennial Celebrations. Highlights of the Jamboree included: the Scout Challenge Valley obstacle course, the most gruelling and most popular activity at the Jamboree; and the Great Aussie Surf Carnival, for which all Scouts were shuttled in over 50 buses to Thirroul Beach.