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2017 National Jamboree Patches

2017 National Jamboree Patches are available for sale. We have the BSA National Jamboree Jacket Patches and Leather Patches in stock along with a few neckerchiefs along with more of the 2017 Jamboree items. If you are interested in these, get them while they are in stock. Click here to purchase 2017 National Jamboree Patches >

The 2017 National Jamboree was held July 19 -28, 2017 in West Virginia. Did you attend the 2017 Jamboree? If so, we would love to chat about your trip. Touch base with us and let us know where you are from and how many from your area went to the jamboree.


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2015 World Jamboree – Japan

2015 World Jamboree Pocket PatchIn the summer of 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world visited Kirarahama, Yamaguchi, Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

The event provided opportunities to raise awareness about global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. The world jamboree is a unique opportunity for participants to experience an exciting program of activities, including: Global Development Village, City of Science, Cross Road of Culture, and the Peace Program.

Participants lived and learned with fellow Scouts from around the world. They will be housed in tents along with the BSA contingent but will soon venture out to mingle with tens of thousands of people for two weeks of activities and adventure. That’s right, a world fellowship exercise on an enormous scale!

Dates: Tuesday, July 28th – Saturday, August 8th, 2015
Location: Kirara-hama, Japan

Jamboree Theme: “Wa: a Spirit of Unity” is the theme for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. The kanji character “wa” means harmony, unity, friendship, and peace. It is in this spirit that the Scout Association of Japan will welcome Scouts from around the world to the 2015 World Scout Jamboree.

Japan is an island country in the Pacific Ocean, where natural beauty and modern cities coexist. There you’ll find a rich mix of traditional and modern culture and a history that dates back thousands of years. Yamaguchi Prefecture is located on Honshu Island in the western part of Japan facing the calm Seto Inland Sea. It exemplifies many aspects of contemporary Japan, including modern cities, beautiful natural areas, traditional performing arts, historic buildings, and modern industries.

2015 Japan Scout Jamboree Location

Kirarahama is a reclaimed land in Yamaguchi City, which is located in the western part of Honshu in Southern Japan. It is equipped with developed facilities and parks. Kirarahama was the site for the Japan Expo Yamaguchi in 2001 and the 16th Nippon National Jamboree in 2013.

Yamaguchi has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but it is much higher in summer than in winter.

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Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve


In 2009, the BSA purchased 10,600 acres of property adjacent to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River area in order to create the “Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve“.

The Summit (as its now called) welcomed Scouts to a new jamboree experience in the summer 2013 by hosting the National Jamboree. In the future, this will be the permanent home for all jamborees held in the United States.

The next National Jamboree is scheduled for July 19-28, 2017 — and The Summit will also be the U.S. host for the 2019 World Jamboree.

The Summit Boy Scout Camp >

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Boy Scout Patches For Sale

We buy and sell Boy Scout Patches, Neckerchiefs, and other collectible items from Boy Scout National and World Jamborees – Pocket Patches, Jacket Patches, Leather Patches and Neckerchiefs. 

Are you looking to sell your collection of Boy Scout Patches? If so, send us a list of your Boy Scout patches and the price you are asking for the lot. If possible, include a picture with the item’s condition unless, of course, your patch collection is very large.

Looking for a particular collectable from the Boy Scout National or World Jamboree that is not listed? We actively trade for patches and may have what you are looking but have yet to add it to our site. Please contact us for any patch you are looking to buy. We look forward to working with you!


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History of the Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America – The History of Scouting

2021: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the scheduled National Boy Scout Jamboree was postponed until the summer of 2023.

2019: The 24th World Scout Jamboree was held at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve in West Virginia from July 21, 2019 to August 2, 2019. This Scout Jamboree is unique because it is a team effort by the 3 host countries: Scouts Canada, Asociación de Scouts de México, and the Boy Scouts of America.

2017: The 2017 National Scout Jamboree was the 19th national jamboree held by the Boy Scouts of America. The event was during the summer of 2017, from July 19th to July 28th. This was the 2nd National Scout Jamboree held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, the new permanent camp for Scout Jamborees.

2015: In the summer of 2015, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world met in Kirarahama, Yamaguchi, Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

2013: The 18th Boy Scout National Jamboree was held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. This location is to be the permanent home for the BSA National Jamboree.

2010: Boy Scouts of America celebrates 100 years of involving more than 112 million young Americans in Scouting. Internationally, the World Organization of the Scout Movement has reached 250 million youth.
2007: After three years, “Good Turn for America” has involved 1.5 million Scout and adult participants in 70,000 service projects. The 21st World Jamboree is held in the United Kingdom.
2004: The “Good Turn for America” program, launched with the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and thousands of smaller groups, provides 3 million collective hours of service for the nation’s neediest people.
2002: Eagle Scout Darrell Lambert of Port Orchard, Washington is expelled for declaring that he does not believe in God, a policy later upheld by courts as constitutional. The National Scouting Museum opens at BSA national headquarters in Irving, Texas.
2001: Scouts distribute bottled water and blankets to ground-zero workers in the aftermath of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. The Greater New York Councils provide 500 cots for the workers and a nation-wide collection is launched to help victims and others.
2000: In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of BSA excluding gay persons, saying the private organization has the right to set membership rules and standards. The case involves New Jersey Eagle Scout James Dale, who was identified through his membership in a college group. As part of its 90th anniversary, BSA identifies the 100 millionth Scout as 12-year-old Mario Castro of Brooklyn, N.Y.
1998: Venturing, which began in the early 1990’s as Outdoor Exploring, becomes an official BSA division, emphasizing challenging activities for older teenagers, including high-altitude rock climbing, skiing, and surfing. First-year membership tops 188,000, growing to 250,000 within a decade.
1991 World Jamboree
1991 World Jamboree

1991: World Jamboree in South Korea includes Scouts from former Soviet republics.

1990: Kellogg Foundation provides a three-year grant to fund training programs to place Hispanic professionals in top leadership posts in California and Texas.
1987: BSA launches “Good Turn” programs aimed at the “Five Unacceptables” – drug abuse, hunger, child abuse, illiteracy, and unemployment. Scouts collect 72 million containers of food – the largest single food drive in American history.
1982: Tiger Cubs program begins for 7-year-old boys and their families. “Prepared for Today” program started for latchkey children. More than 600,000 older teenagers are enrolled in Exploring program, with half of all posts devoted to specific career areas.
1981: Hispanic Outreach program is initiated within the Boy Scouts of America troops.
1980: Erosion of memberships ends following the best growth year on record, resulting in 4.3 million boys involved in BSA programs. Varsity Scouting, a program emphasizing challenging activities, is started for boys between the ages of 14 and 17.
1979: National BSA office moves to Irving, Texas. Cub Scout membership has declined from a high of 2.5 million in 1972 to 1.7 million.
1978: Boy Scout advancement plans modified again to restore outdoor skills as a requirement for a First Class badge. New handbook published in 1980 returns emphasis to outdoor skills.
1976: Nearly 750 Eagle Scouts and leaders camp all summer on the Mall in Washington to observe the nation’s bicentennial.
1972: Sweeping changes in Boy Scout program include elimination of some outdoor skills for advancement to First Class. Though Boy Scout memberships continue to decline, Cub Scout enrollments reach an all-time high of nearly 2.5 million.
13th World Jamboree

1971: Operation Reach, a national program to combat drug abuse, is started. The 13th World Jamboree is held in Japan.

 1970: First National Explorer Olympics held at Colorado State University.
1969: Girls permitted to join special-interest Explorer posts. BSA membership drops by 65,000 from the previous year, beginning a pattern of membership declines that will continue through the next decade. The 1969 National Jamboree is held in Idaho.
1967: BSA hosts the 12th World Jamboree at Farragut State Park, Idaho. Cub Scout programs revised, including Webelos Scouting for 10-year-old boys.
1959: Special-interest Exploring begins, with an emphasis on career exploration.
1954: Thousands of Scouts participate in conservation projects as part of a National Conservation Good Turn program.
1950: Second National Jamboree at Valley Forge, PA is attended by more than 47,000 members and adults. National membership tops 2.7 million and more than doubles during the next two decades: the “golden era” for Scouting.
1949: Membership age minimums lowered to 8 for Cub Scouts, 11 for Boy Scouts, and 14 for Explorers.
1941-45: BSA’s home-front service during WWII responds to 69 requests from government authorities, including scrap and paper drives, distribution of posters, planting of Victory Gardens, and other activities. BSA establishes World Friendship Fund to aid Scout organizations in war-torn nations.

1940: The Irving Berlin Fund finances projects to bring Scouting to urban, low-income areas, using royalties from Berlin’s song, “God Bless America.”

1937 National Jamboree Neckerchief
1937 National Jamboree Neckerchief
1937: The First Boy Scout National Jamboree held in Washington, D.C.
1936: BSA membership expands and enrollment exceeds 1 million.
1935: The First National Jamboree is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. but is cancelled due to an outbreak of polio earlier in the year. (The rescheduled jamboree was held in 1937)
1934: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt requests a “national good turn” for the needy, resulting in Scouts collecting 1.8 million articles of clothing, food, and furnishings.
1933: Explorer Scout program authorized.
1931: Boy Scouts adopt Depression relief work programs by collecting clothing and food.
1930: Charters are issued for the first Cub Scout packs.
1927: Inter-Racial Service established to promote Scouting among African Americans and other minorities, though segregated troops continue.
1924: First achievement badges awarded to physically handicapped Scouts.
1920: Boy Scouts of America (BSA) sends 301 Scouts and leaders to the first International (World) Jamboree in England.
1917: BSA begins its “Help Win the War” home-front service. By the end of WWI, Scouts sell $200 million in Liberty Loan bonds, collect 100 railroad cars of nut hulls and peach pits for gas mask manufacture, and plant 12,000 Victory Gardens. Rotary International becomes the first service club to charter Scout troops.
1915: First Order of the Arrow members inducted. Congress grants BSA a federal charter protecting its name and insignia, an action that helps BSA absorb competing organizations. First 57 merit badge booklets published. Pioneer Scouting adopted for rural boys.
Arthur R. Eldred - 1st Eagle Scout
Arthur R. Eldred – 1st Eagle Scout

1913: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints becomes first religious body to charter Scout troops.

1912: BSA publishes its first issue of Boys’ Life magazine. Sea Scouting becomes an official program. First Eagle Scout badge awarded to Arthur R. Eldred of Troop 1, Oceanside, N.Y.
1911: Organizational dynamo James E. West becomes chief Scout executive and opens the national office in New York City. First BSA manual published by Ernest Thompson Seton: “Boy Scouts of America: A Handbook of Woodcraft, Scouting and Lifecraft”.
1910: Boy Scouts of America incorporated by William D. Boyce, though the organizational name is transferred within months to a national executive board.