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Scouts Canada

July 25, 2007 07:00 ET

Historic Canadian Scout Jamboree Officially Opens: Nearly 8,000 Scouts and Leaders Attend in Celebration of the Centennial Year

CAMP TAMARACOUTA, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 25, 2007) - Scouts Canada announced today the opening of its 11th National Canadian Jamboree (CJ'07), the most significant week-long Scout Jamboree in Canada's history, marking 100 years of Scouting throughout the world.

From July 25 to August 1, 2007, nearly eight thousand Canadian and international Scouts and leaders are joining together at Tamaracouta, Quebec, for a week of fun, games, challenges, water sports and, of course, the campout experience for which Scouts are famous.

The Jamboree demonstrates Scouting's ability to develop world brotherhood, a spirit of friendship, and understanding among young people. Jamborees provide the opportunity for Scouts to catch the spirit and share it with fellow Scouts. Jamborees are a great way to overcome barriers of language and differences in custom, race and religion.

"Tamaracouta, the oldest continuously running Scout Camp in Canada, comes alive today with thousands of Scouts setting up camp for the week," said Glenn Armstrong, Chief Commissioner and Jamboree Camp Chief. "It's a remarkable feeling to be here for this very special Jamboree, at this key moment in Scouting history."

"As the week draws to a close, on August 1st, we will mark the 100th anniversary with our participation in a worldwide Scouting Sunrise Ceremony from the site of the Canadian Jamboree," added Armstrong. "We are thrilled to announce that Lord Robert Baden-Powell's great-grandson, Adam Baden-Clay, will be joining us as our special guest for this historic Centennial celebration."

Several events of national significance will take place during the Jamboree:

- Opening of Pass the Torch Remembrance Trail - July 25, 2007, 3:00 PM

Featured at six Scouts Canada camps across the country - including Camp Tamaracouta - Scouts Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, and The Royal Canadian Legion developed a series of interpretive trails to serve as an educational tool for youth and volunteers. The trails consist of five plaques, each commemorating Canadian participation and sacrifice in the world's major historical conflicts, including present day.

- Unveiling the Scouting Centennial Stamp - July 25, 2007, 8:00 PM

Canada Post representatives and Scouts Canada's Camp Chiefs will unveil a commemorative 100th anniversary stamp.

- Sunrise Ceremony - August 1, 2007, 8:00 AM

A special appearance by Lord Baden-Powell's great-grandson Adam Baden-Powell will add to Scouts Canada's celebration at Tamaracouta. Scouts around the world will simultaneously celebrate the Centennial. At 8:00 a.m., local time in 155 countries, Scouts will gather together to renew their Promise in the second century of Scouting. Never before will so many Scouts have been "together" at the same moment.

About Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada is the country's leading youth organization offering exciting outdoor adventure for boys and girls, and young men and women, ages 5 to 26, in communities across Canada. Through its recreational, social, environmental, and community development programs, Scouting teaches youth about the active role they can play in helping to create a better world. Over 78,000 young people enjoy Scouts Canada's programs, which are provided by over 24,000 caring and dedicated volunteers.

Throughout 2007, the Scouting Movement marks its Centennial in 155 countries around the world. Since its founding in 1907, over half a billion young people from virtually every country and culture have enjoyed Scouting activities. Today, more than 28 million youth participate in Scouting worldwide. For more information please visit: www.scouts.ca and www.scouts.ca/cj07.

Contact Information

  • For further information about Scouts Canada and the Jamboree
    Heidi Vincent
    Director of Communications, Scouts Canada
    613-224-5131 ext. 271
    hvincent@scouts.ca
    or
    For media accreditation to visit the Canadian Jamboree
    and to arrange for interviews and pictures
    Therese Beaulieu, CJ'07 Communications Manager
    Onsite at the Jamboree until August 1, 2007
    450-560-8859
    tbeaulieu@scouts.ca