Dean R Lycas, of Troop 17 of the US Contingent, was the 16-year old Eagle Scout who, during the Closing Ceremony, received the Marathon Kylix (flame torch) to be rekindled at the 12th World Jamboree, in 1967 in the United States. Dean, whose both parents are of Greek origin, was with the Transatlantic Council for American boys of military and diplomatic families stationed in Europe. Dean also played a key role in Paramount's "Higher and Wider" film, the Jamboree movie. He was kind to share with us his personal Jamboree diary, full of unique moments from his youth days at Marathon.
Thanks for the money I received it just before I left for Greece. I left Augsburg bright and early on the 27th of July for my PreCamp at Frankfurt. One of Daddy's friends picked me up there and took me to his house for lunch. It was delicious. He then drove me out to the airport where the Pre-Camp was being held. We got buzzed by almost every jet going and coming. The weather was real nice; except on the day we left, it rained.
The patrol I was in was naturally the best. We took first place in volleyball, flagpole-raising and chariot-racing. They were the only events we competed in. We were the "Eager" Beavers and darn proud of it. The main idea of the Pre-Camp was to get the patrol functioning as a whole, get an idea of what the jamboree would be like, and learn to say please and thank you in Greek.
We ate supper in the mess hall the first evening and lunch and breakfast the last day. About the only thing you could say was that you didn't have to cook it. The only other time we went on post was Sunday for church and the last afternoon for hair-cuts. You were supposed to get a haircut no matter when your last one was. One guy didn't, but we fixed him. We gave him a hair-cut exactly opposite of that of a monk. Instead of a ring of hair, he had ring of no hair. It was really something.
In my patrol we had a boy from Turkey, a boy from Spain, a boy from France, and five from Germany. It made for a close group.
We flew by a 720 B Lufthansa jet to Greece. We stopped in Munich, Germany for about an hour. Then we flew to Athens. We had a snack between Munich and Athens. It was pretty good. We flew over Switzerland, Italy and across the Adriatic to Greece. It took us 3 ½ hours to fly to Greece and 4½ hours to get from Athens to Marathon. We were driven through Athens. I saw the Acropolis all lit up. It looked real impressive.
We arrived at our camp site at about 10 P.M. We handed out tents and other patrol equipment. We went to the commissary tent and got our staples. We also received a table and 2 benches for each patrol and a large kitchen fly. All our water we got in bottles from the commissary. That night we put up our tents and everyone had a peach and a couple slices of bread. We hit the sack at 1 in the morning.
Everyone was up at 6:30. We picked up the breakfast rations at 7:00; we found out we were a half-hour late. We cooked breakfast washed the dishes then straightened up the camp. All the tents were taken down and correctly lined up. That shot the morning.
We picked up lunch rations at 9:30 and dinner at 4:30. All of our meals were cooked by us. We had dishes from several different countries. They also supplied cookbooks, so we could prepare them. We used small barbecue pits instead of the brittle clay pots supplied by the Greeks. You had to pay $ 2 if you broke one and almost everyone did. That evening I represented my sub-camp in the opening ceremony. The ceremony opened with the blowing of the Kudu Horn. The kylix (jamboree torch) was lit and fires in front of each past jamboree Mondial were lit by a boy from the country it was held in. Then a Philippine Scout gave the kylix to Prince Constantine who lit the fire in front of the present mondial. He then gave a speech, then the camp director. A boy from each sub-camp then ran up and lit his torch, then ran back and passed it among the boys of his sub-camp who were seated behind him.
The next day, the 2d of August, I ate supper with a British Patrol in an exchange visit.
An award was given for doing five of the following:
1. Eat as a guest of a Patrol from a different country.
2. Go swimming 5 times in the Bay of Marathon.
3. Visit the Exhibition Stands.
4. Participate in the wide game.
5. Meet the requirements in the Triathlon.
6. Compete in the Labors of Hercules.
7. Give a demonstration in the Talent-O-Rama.
8. Compete in the Field Sports.
I did get the award. It really wasn't hard. I also went swimming on the 2d, it was real refreshing! The water was so blue and a person just couldn't sink in that salt water.
They had a shark net, but a shark had never been seen in the bay. The beach was really something. We were only allowed to swim one hour a day, because 14,000 boys had to use the beach.
On the morning of the third they had a game they called the wide game. The camp was made up of 11 sub-camps. Each sub-camp had its color and number. The idea was to get one boy from each sub-camp and the 11 being of eleven different nationalities. You were given a card with a letter on the back. When you stood in order it would be the word the runner said when he entered Athens. It was mass hysteria with boys running all over. After a while we linked arms to keep from getting separated.
After it was over we went to the Exhibitions stands. Some countries really put a lot into them. They showed products from the country and pictures of the people in their different dress. Ours was made up of all the scout and scouters badges. You could also listen to Baden Powell's voice. There were also shops there, where you could buy things. On the 4th nothing exceptional happened. It was Sunday so I went to the Protestant service because I didn't know where the Orthodox was being held.
On the morning of the 5th the Triathlon was held. I ran the 80 meter dash in 10.8 sec. I didn't have anyone to run against. I jumped 4.80 meters in the board jump. I really surprised myself. I qualified in the first two with room to spare, but I missed the staff throw by an inch. I was fast enough to run with the 20 man relay team representing our sub-camp at the finale. We lost because the baton was dropped 4 times. We just didn't have time to practice. The finals were held at night so it was difficult to see. In the afternoon my patrol participated in the field sports.
On the morning of the 6th my patrol went through the labors of hercules. It was easy. We had to vault over a pole using one hand, walk the edge of a plank, go over a 5 foot wall, swing across a pit, roll a log through a course and go through some tires.
In the afternoon we lined up eight abreast and marched past the King of Greece. Afterwards we made a human pillar three boys high.
In the evening we had to station guards every night around our camp. After the first night 89 cameras were stolen. On the last two nights of the jamboree we posted double guards.
On the 7th, half of the troop went to Athens to put on the big arena show. The others stayed back and got to eat twice as much.
On the 8th the sea scouts gave a display. The King and Queen of Greece were present.
On the 9th the United States gave their arena show that evening. It really wasn't much. The Indian dancing kept it from being a big flop.
On the morning of the 10th Papou's sister and husband visited my camp. Through an interpreter they explained that she was your sister. They wondered why I didn't speak Greek. They had the picture taken of me when I was in Texas all decked out in my cowboy outfit. They gave me two boxes of Turkish Delight I think its called. Its real good. They also gave me some mandels from Papou’s farm in Crete. I hoped to send you some. I took some pichtres of them. I hope they turn out. Papou’s sister gave me a couple of pictures of her; they're enclosed. She patted me on the back and smiled. They could only stay a few minutes, and I was free the rest of the day. They said they would come tomorrow.
That afternoon my troop was in the Talent-O-Rama. My patrol put on a display of fire by friction and flint and steel. Almost all our efforts ended in success. When I was working on one, a scout from Sweden gave me a box of matches with “Greeting from the Boy Scouts of Sweden” written on it. That evening we had our last sub-camp fire. For the closing we lit candles and sang "Auld Lang Syne" then threw the candles into the fire. It was real impressive. On the morning of the 11th I went to a Greek Orthodox service with a Greek scout. It was real good. There were a Greek and American priest giving the service. A small altar was built out of poles and mating and it looked real impressive. They also had a choir of about thirty boys which sang through the service. The service lasted about an hour and was over. They handed out bread at the end of it.
I got back just in time to get to the arena show practice. One of the boys told me I was to receive the lit torch from the Prince. We were finished by lunch. While I was eating lunch guess who popped up? Papous sister and brother with two of my cousins, Eulandia, a girl my age, and George, a boy Becky's. The guys went wild and kidded me about her the rest of the time. They said that they would be waiting outside the camp for me. I finished eating as quickly as possible and went to meet them with my cameras. We had a limonade and talked. Papou's sister introduced me to everyone with the help of one of the people working behind the stand. She introduced me to Papou's brother and his wife, Eulandia and George. We then walked down the road towards the entrance. We stopped at a restaurant, and they got something to eat. The restaurant was there for the sole purpose of feeding the staff members. They brought out fried chicken with tomatoes and cucumbers and a couple bottles of water. Towards the end of the camp we could drink the water because it had enough chlorine in it, but it tasted terrible.
The elders talked with the other people and I talked with Eulandia. She was the only one who spoke any English and that was very little. She told me about her six year high school and how she was interested in Chemistry. She plans to come to America when she's finished with school. Eulandia doesn't like chicken so she didn't eat. We had peaches for desert, and they always peel their peaches. Back at camp we just rinsed them off.
I asked them if they could come to the arena show that evening. They couldn't make it. After they finished their meal I walked down to the entrance with them. I took pictures of them in front of the entrance. They wanted me to come to their house on Monday, our so called free day. I wasn’t able to make it because the day wasn't free. We said our good byes and I promised to write Eulandia.
That evening we went to the arena for the closing ceremony. My troop, number 17, and 16 were participating in the ceremony. The ceremony was opened with the sound of the Scottish bagpipes. The Belgian drums announced the arrival of Crown Prince Constantine. The flags of the participating nations were then carried into the arena followed by the shield bearers who lined up in front of the flags. Lady Baden Powell, Lord Baden Powell's wife, then gave a speech. Baden Powell founded Boy Scouts. The Prince then gave a speech, and the jamboree song was played. Then a scout from each country entered and lined up to form a fleur-de-lys. USA boy scouts then entered in three ranks of six from two sides and formed on either side of the fleur-de-lys. Then my two guards and I entered. We walked straight through the fleur-de-lys to the Prince. He lit the torch then shook hands with me and my two guards. He handed me the torch, we saluted and made an about face walking to our positions in the middle of the fleur-de-lys.
The Kudu horn was then blown, and one scout from each nation entered and formed a ring of friendship around the fleur-de-lys. We all sang the jamboree song to the lowering of the jamboree flag. “Auld Lang Syne” and “Taps” were then sung.
Then my honor guard and I left with the other thirty-six American scouts falling in behind. We then broke into the jamboree song. When we were about half way down the road to our camp the Prince drove by waving; wished us good luck and hoped to see us in the United States.
Then with the senior patrol leader carrying the flag, the four patrol leaders in front and their assistance in back of me we marched to the American Headquarters, presented the torch to the leaders. It will be placed in the Boy Scout Museum at New Brunswick, N.Y.
On the 12th of August we checked out of camp and into the Greek naval academy. In the morning we took down all our tents, our gateway, packed our packs and loaded it all into trucks. We got in a bus and took our packs to the naval academy. We then went to the snack bar for lunch. There is an American Army Base at Athens and a snack bar is like a restaurant.
When we were in Athens, we ate all of our meals at the snack bar.
On the 13th we took tours of Greece. We left Athens and went to the canal at Korinthos. It was cut out of solid rock and is about a mile long. Standing on the bridge, it's about one hundred yards down to the water level. The water is real blue. From there we went on to Mikinai and Nauplion. The road was lined with grape vineyards. Their vines weren’t in long rows like ours, but were in small single clumps that looked like bushes. The land was dry because it hadn't rained in three months.
At Nauplion we had lunch which consisted of a large plate of spaghetti with another plate of chicken, ocra, tomatoes and cucumber. For desert we were given peaches. From Nauplion we went to Epidhavros. There was an open-air theater there which was in real good condition. We went into an interesting museum which was there. There were medical instruments, busts of different Greeks and pieces of architecture. We then went back to Athens. Between Athens and Corinth the road is right next to the water most of the way. That is to say if you went off of the road it would be about fifty feet down to the water. With the way the Greeks drive, it was quite a ride.
On the morning of the 14th, we went to the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace and the Acropolis. The Temple of Zeus is almost totally destroyed except for a few columns. At the Royal Palace we saw the changing of the guards.I took movies of the whole thing. I hope they turn out.
From the temple we went to the Acropolis. Wow! is that something. It's everything and more than is said about it. On the Acropolis all the grounds are covered with a layer of rock. The steps at the gateway are well worn and real slick. There are several structures still standing including the Parthenon which is the main attraction. Across from the Parthenon stand the six maidens holding up the roof. The entrance way is the only other structure still standing. It's made up almost completely of marble columns. There are two amphitheaters at the base of the Acropolis. One of which was being set up for the Athens festivals. Between the theater excavating is being down and all sorts of objects are being dug up.
Over an one side of the Acropolis they are forming slabs of marble. I don't know whether they are going to rebuild the Acropolis or what. They bring the marble up from the base of the Acropolis, roll it to where they're working and chip away at it with a hammer and chisel. It is really an impressive process. The marble they use, is taken from the same place as the original marble was. Our guide told us that all the temples were in real good condition before the Turks invaded. They tore everything up. We were only allowed two hours there which really isn't much time.
From the Acropolis we went to the airport and checked our luggage. We were processed through customs and then went to the plane. Coming back by jet we flow over Venice, and the Grand Canal looked sharp from the air. We had a 15 minute lay over at Zurich, Switzerland and then flew to Frankfurt, Germany were we got off. Once we got inside the air terminal and had our baggage, the scoutmaster said goodbye and wished us all good luck. Ray Elliot, a, friend of mine from Munich, went to the Frankfurt train station.
It was 6 o’clock and our train wasn’t in yet but was due to leave at 6:11 PM. We went to a restaurant at the station, ate a hot dog, and were back in 8 minutes. The train had been and gone. The next one didn’t leave till 11:33. So we went and checked our baggage and walked around Frankfurt. At 11 we came back, got our baggage and went to the track. The train was there so we got our tickets punched and got on the train. We were in our uniform the whole time. We found a nice compartment and made ourselves at home.
While we were sitting there, a German stuck his head in and asked us where we were going. We told him Munich, he asked us if his girlfriend could join us since she was traveling all alone. We consented and so a third party joined us. We talked a while then found out that she was going to visit her aunt in Munich. We all went to sleep, and I woke at 5 in the morning to get off the train at Augsburg. I caught a taxi and was home.
The eighteen days sure went fast, but it was well worth it.
I suppose unthinking people imagine that all that is necessary for a Jamboree is to choose the site, fix the dates and send out the invitations. But a Jamboree in the world of today is not just a Scout camp. It requires a great deal of planning and organisation, which is a many-sided affair, and, for the host country, a tremendous responsibility to make sure that those who come from other lands will have a truly memorable experience and that everything reasonable will be done for their comfort and their well-being.
I have just spent a week in Athens and I have been privileged to sec the organisation in action. I must say, I’m most impressed: first by the enthusiasm of those who have the task of making the preparations, inspired as they are by the tremendous interest and helpful advice stemming from their Chief Scout, the young Crown Prince of Greece, who will personally open and close the Jamboree and will be at the camp with us practically throughout. Secondly, by the sheer quantity of work that they are undertaking and thirdly by the wonderful support that is being given to the Jamboree by the Royal Family, by the Government and by the Services. Fourthly, by the thoroughness with which every aspect of the Jamboree is being considered, and perhaps in a very special way I am impressed by the way in which Greek Scouting obviously wants the whole world to share not only in the enjoyment of the Jamboree but in its planning.
This Jamboree is unusual in several respects. Marathon, apart from being a very beautiful place, undoubtedly provides the finest natural swimming facilities that any Jamboree has ever had. Almost three miles of beach, lapped by the warm waters of the Aegean - a gently shelving beach that will delight the swimmer and present no problems to the non-swimmer.
The site itself, unusual for a Jamboree, is level-ground, ground that is completely uninterrupted so that the Jamboree camp will be compact and distances between one point and another the least possible.
I toured the site with the Jamboree Camp Chief and the Army Major in charge of the engineering. Greece, like the whole of Europe has suffered bad weather this winter, which has held up progress but as the engineer is confident that he will meet the deadline, there is no reason for anyone to doubt completion in good time. Smilingly, he told me that "two weeks ago they were four weeks behind, and now they are only two weeks behind".
Another way in which this 11th World Jamboree is unusual is in having a truly international staff, and except, in very minor ways, this has never been previously attempted. Indeed, there are almost as many foreigners concerned with the running of the Jamboree as there are Scouters from Greece.
The programme strikes me as being fuller, more varied and more concerned with real Scouting than that of any previous effort. I like particularly the Laurel Award, the Talent-O-Rama (Scout-O-Rama) and the Labours of Hercules. The spreading of the large contingents through the whole of the camp - that too appeals to my idea of how a Jamboree should be run. The feeding and cooking arrangements are under splendid control. The Jamboree Song is eminently singable. In fact, so far as I can see, everything has been thought through with a degree of imagination and a real concern for the spread of understanding amongst the nations of the world.
The principles of Scouting will be most in evidence for meticulous arrangements are being made for the fulfillment of religious obligations. A special day will be dedicated to “the good turn”, when the proceeds from a great arena display in Athens will be handed to Her Majesty the Queen for the benefit of Greek students, to help them study abroad. And all this is being achieved by a country where the Scout movement in point of numbers is not very large, where the amount of full-time professional help is minimum and where, therefore, a team of enthusiastic, quietly confident volunteers have undertaken this immense task not for personal gain or glory but because they believe this is something that should be done for World Scouting.
Yes I am truly and gratefully impressed and I hope every Scout who ultimately enjoys the fruits of the labours of the Organising Committee which, truth to tell, make even the labours of Hercules seem rather slight, will give a thought to the work that has been done and will come to Marathon not just to enjoy but to contribute to the spread of understanding that the Jamboree is designed to promote. Marathon in ancient and modern history is a name known throughout the world, and Scouting is about to give it added significance and an extra dimension.
The Eleventh World Jamboree at Marathon showed a development in as much as a very worthy attempt was made to have an International Staff instead of the previous National ones. It is true that in previous Jamborees Scouters from other than the Host Country were brought in to help (I myself was thus privileged at the Second Jamboree near Copenhagen in 1924) but they were only a very small number.
At Marathon there were "Foreign" Sub-Camp Chiefs, Special Consultants and others on the Jamboree Headquarters Staff as well as in the Sub-Camp Staffs. Speaking generally this experiment was a success, but it did tend to create some difficulties owing to an ignorance of Greek customs and conditions, as well as the language problem.
Perhaps the best example of the workings of the Scout United Nations was in the International Service Troop composed of Rovers and Scouters of many different nationalities, but eventually all working together as one united whole. I would pay a tribute to the Indian Scouter, Jamini Sarkar, who was appointed to head up this Troop. He showed the necessary understanding and diplomacy that must be exercised in any Scout Troop in any country if it is to be a success and be an example of the real Scout spirit.
I believe that some modification of the experiment is called for in the future, but an example has been set and it is to the great credit of the Jamboree Camp Chief, Rann Alexatos, that he not only conceived the idea but carried it through under difficulties. I know something of these as I was privileged to do my best to look after him throughout the Jamboree and to safeguard him from too many questions and interruptions by those who were not so good at accepting responsibility for carrying out their own duties.
But the final conclusion is that the Eleventh Jamboree was in its conduct, its activities and its results truly an INTERNATIONAL JAMBOREE.
According to the records, there were 89 participating countries at the Marathon Jamboree. This small memorial is dedicated to the 90th, to the forgotten contingent.
Its participants, coming mainly from Greece but also from various other parts of the world, were the wolves among the flock, the non-Scouts at the XI World Jamboree. Who were these intruders at the sacred rites of Jamboree, these silent observes of the ritual of Camp Fire, these motley individuals stealing down to the sea at the rising of the sun and during the heat of the afternoon when honest Scouts and Scouters were sleeping softly?
They were of two categories. Fighting men and civilians.
The soldiers, sailors, airmen, police and firemen were carrying out such variegated duties as delivery of foodstuffs, life-guarding, weather forecasting (no strenuous duty, one imagines, at Marathon; we ourselves are quite ready to hazard a forecast for the first ten days of August 1970 - or 2070 for that matter), gate duty, and the normal work of police or firemen in any city, brick, wood, mud, wattle and daub or canvas. The Fire Service even had a fire to put out towards the end of the Jamboree.
The Armed Forces were at the Jamboree by order. And generally the Jamboree was a better place than anywhere else they could reasonably have expected to find themselves. The food was better, and there was more of it. The work was less, and the discipline was more relaxed. It was a very pleasant change from an army camp or barracks.
The civilians were at the Jamboree for pay. They should have been softies, crying for their ice-cream and veal chops grilled to order.
Instead it was standing joke among the 90th contingent that, judging from appearances they were having a far better time than many of the Scouters. That may not have been true, but certainly there were fewer glum faces, and fewer nervous crises, among the non-Scouts than among the Scouters.
The Scouters had come with a knowledge of previous camp sites, and suffered because of that knowledge. The non-Scouts had come with no knowledge of any Jamboree, and, like children after their first day at school, were able to assure all and sundry that things were not half so bad as they expected them to be.
One of the visiting Scout medical officers waxed most indignant about the toilets. He had it in writing that flush toilets were being installed. He took it up with the man who sent him the letter. “But they are flush toilets”, he was told. “Flush to the ground”. Non-Scouts were delighted to find toilets existed at all.
Scouters tended to make sad little jokes about the wind. Non-Scouts found it alone kept them cool enough to work.
Warm water for washing worried the Scouters. Lack of water for washing has never yet worried a non-Scout.
"Too much macaroni", cried the Scouters. “Thank God we don’t get macaroni every meal”, flakes echoed non-Scouts.
“Imagine putting fried sausage on top of corn-flakes,” expostulated the Scouter. “Do you remember the last time you had both sausage and cornflakes at the same meal?” the non-Scouts asked one another in wonder, licking their lips and reaching for the marmalade to add a dab to the top of the pile.
“Wonder if this milk’s really fresh”? mused the sophisticated Scouter. “Wish we had milk like this in Greece”, said the non-Scout to himself.
It must, however, be admitted that not all the non-Scouts embraced camp-life with equal facility. Even the 90th contingent had its black sheep. Like the French secretary who blew up halfway through the Jamboree. “Thees ees not my affir. I am seeek! Seeek!” she cried, storming through the main gates.
On the whole, though, the pariahs of Marathon enjoyed themselves hugely. For one very simple reason. So many of the Scouters had been to previous Jamborees and could expect to go to others in the future - just as the young Scout could expect, if he stayed in the movement and became a Scouter, to experience other Jamborees in future years. So they tended to be a little French about it all.
But for the non-Scouts it was a once and only experience. And savoured all the more for that reason.
To end on a personal note, many of us were most impressed by the politeness of the Scouters we met.
Either they waited to see which hand we offered, or they extended both, to give us a choice.
Except for one really Big Chief, of whom we fell foul just after we had galloped across the Jamboree site in a duststorm. He cast one glance at us, apparently decided that such an apparition could never be a Scout, and firmly pushed out his right hand.
One of the rare occasions when a member of the 90th contingent felt a stateless person.
A short and funny moment by Kyriacos Cameris, member of the EST, submitted on August 1st, 2013
I was a member of the Emergency Service Troop of the Jamboree and I was not aware of the scout programme between the contingents, so when I woke up the first day I saw all the scouts running because they were playing a game trying to find friends from other countries (Wide Game). But because I did not know at that time what they were doing, I also started running in all directions. I only stopped after a long time, when I was exhausted.
A recollection submitted on August 20th, 2013 by Pantelis Gaganis, 13-year old Scout of the Cecropis sub-camp.
I was 13 at the time. About a week before the Jamboree, we were at Marathon for three days, in order to prepare our campsite. What I do remember since today, is the lack of drinkable water and the thirst we suffered from. The second day, the thirst made me to leave the camp secretly and gather in the enormous plain seeking water. I was lucky to find in the middle of nowhere a forgotten (abandoned??) army water tank full of fresh water.
I returned to my camp, collected all the canteens, went back to the tank and filled them with water. I did the same tour several times, thus having the privilege to drink all the water I wanted. The funny thing is that, although it was prohibited to leave the camp, no one from the scouters (there were four) asked me what I was doing, as everybody thought that it was another scouter that had appointed me to the job.
After the official Jamboree started, there was plenty of water (bottled) for everybody.
Submitted on September 30th, 2013 by George Glarakis, Greek Scout Staff in the Cecropis sub-camp.
Too many stories to remember from Marathon. One of them is following.
Once I decided to make a fake trumpet (bugle). I used a certain length of hose-pipe and inserted a funnel in the end. I was leaving the funnel (bell) under a table and I was blowing from the other end and everybody was seeking to find where the sound was coming from.
Submitted on October 5th, 2013 by Giovanni Tibaldeschi, a scout with the Italian delegation.
As 13,700 other scouts I was there. 50 Years ago: a life.... Fantastic experience. We were 48 Scouts from Piemonte. We were 3 from the same city and the same "Troop". I continue to be connected with a "big friend" Yiannis Kavadias (Greece) who was there. I met scouts from more that 40 countries.... and I exchanged a lot of "badges", shirts....
Only one remark to the organizers : I did not receive "my personal bronze shield"....
Submitted on October 19th, 2013 by Alvise Simonato, of the Italian contingent.
I was the only participant from Venice, and for the whole time of the trip (ship, train, bus and back...) and of the Jamboree I carried an enormous 70x100 cm2 wood panel with the image of St. Mark's winged lion, that I had painted for the italian exhibition "Regioni". Yet I preserve the photo of it, to date.
Submitted on December 10th, 2013 by Peter Kent Dolezal, an american scout in Ankara, Turkey.
I was nominated by my troop in Ankara, Turkey, as a candidate to participate as a member of Troop 17, representing The Transatlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Before my selection letter arrived, I was diagnosed as Type I Diabetic with Insulin dependency each day. My Air Force physician approved my attendance at this event. Besides the excitement of meeting Scouts from all over the world, I enjoyed trading patches, neckerchiefs and one of my uniform shirts. I traded with a Belgian Scout. I met our Troop Leader in the Pentagon in 1972 or 3. He was a 3-star General by then.
It was unbelievable to see that much strength together in one place. We had all been through all the ropes anyone could put in front of us. When we were asked to do something, no one had to check if we knew how to do it, we all knew how to do it, so it didn't matter who you asked, it got done, and right away. I think of all the experiences I took away from the Jamboree, and that was the biggest by far.
A few things stand out in my memory from Marathon. We flew from Montreal, Canada on an Air France charter. The pilot told us all to sit down as we were running up the aisles causing the plane to climb and dip. The multi faith church services in the pine trees along the sea shore were special. If only the whole world could live like that. The showers were cold but the sun was warm and we had lots of drinking water. I had my first beef wrap I puchased from a vendor on the Jamboree grounds. We were invited for snacks by the troop from Greece camping next to our troop and I had my first "taste" of Ouzo. I have enjoyed it many times since. After the Jamboree, we toured Greece including a visit to the Parthenon. I was in Athens last year but one's first visit to the Parthenon is special.
The first few days of pandemonium: a different culture, queuing to get the patrols rations, one bank for the whole contingent to get money, the clay fires that exploded, the toilets, then the highlights: fire watch at night, sitting up with the Austrian contingent who fed us with ryvita and cheese, the Canadians who fed us with salads, we had brought no rations with us and relied on what the Greeks provided for our food.
The friendship between nations was fantastic and for many years I kept in touch with a Canadian Bob French.
With hindsight I could write a book on my time in Marathon the greatest days of my life.
When the crown prince was looking round the site, one of his entourage put his foot down our wet pit! I remember the clay burners which cracked and broke, so had to be plastered with mud. We had about 2 minutes of rain the whole time, which sparked off a massive sub-camp water fight.
As a Queen's Scout from Eastbourne, near Wellington, I was a member of the New Zealand contingent set-up with a traditional marae style camp. It was an extraordinary experience and led me visiting Greece some years later and also living in Paris, France, for a period (a direct result of the jamboree and contacts that I had made who encouraged me into moving from my career in forestry into international journalism). It was a privilege to be in Greece at that time and I cherish an image that I have of being dressed in a piupiu for a traditional kapa haka welcome for Crown Prince Constantine. I wrote about the jamboree in a chapter in my recent book "Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific" (Little Island Press)
Aged 13 and the only Scout from South Yorkshire all the rest were Senior Scouts, I had a great time but was told off by the chief Scout Charles Maclean, I was taking a video of him leaving our camp but was on my knees, he said you don't take photo's of a Scotsman in a kilt on your knees.
We were a group of Scouts from California on tour of Europe with the Jamboree as our ultimate destination. We took a bus to Marathon and, as I recall, did not stay on the grounds, although I have vivid memories of the in-tent hospitality and trading experiences with other Scouts from Japan, Greece, Austria, and Germany. As I write this note, the medallions I traded for are resting near my elbow. I would like to share memories and photos with others from nt.
I was one of 2 sea scouts from the 20th Harrogate troop (the taller one in the photo – the other was called Russell Betts with whom I have just reunited after many years). It was very exciting for 2 young men then to travel to a foreign country or even to fly in the BOAC flight with food and a glass of champagne! All new experiences. I remember the heat on arrival even though it was evening and because our baggage had been delayed we had to sleep out in the open for the first night. There was a 2 and 1/2 hour wait for the opening ceremony in the main arena which was opened by the then Crown Prince Constantine. I was in Drake Patrol sub camp Aegis, site 24. Swimming in the sea was great but there had been some sharks around so there was a net round where we swam and greek naval boats patrolled the area.
The heat was strange to us but there was quite a wind which helped to cool us. There was a lot of emphasis on meeting scouts from other countries, swapping badges and having them round for dinner. We all got involved with the Labours of Hercules, different athletic tasks which if you completed you got a jamboree certificate. I being red-headed had to be particularly careful not to get burned. I have a note that the temperature was getting hotter and on Friday the 9th it was 104°F (40°C) at 09.30 am!
I was a Queens Scout so did attend the World Conclave but do not recall what other countries had as their top badge. As a large contingent we had several group in the Talent-O-Rama display which all had to do with what Great Britain gave the world. Myself and another boy were on a stage pretending to play golf hitting an imaginary ball and falling down as if hit by the ball - apparently we got quite a laugh!
After the jamboree, our troop from North and West Yorkshire visited Athens and Nafplio. Four days of sightseeing before flying home. I went off to university and in hindsight sadly gave up my scouting and really did not keep in touch with the friends I had made through the scouting. Perhaps if we had all done so, we might have been more influential in changing the world for a better place with some of the scouting ideals but that's just the meanderings of an old man about to have his 69th birthday, tomorrow, the 14th of July 2015.
Jean-Luc Dehaene (appearing in a dedicated video on this website) was the contingent leader of the Flemish scouts (Dutch speaking Belgians). Later on, he became prime Minister of Belgium from 1992 till 1999. In 2002-2003 he was Vice-President of the European Convention. He passed away in 2014.
He organised our trip to Athens: by train from Brussels to Venice, than by boat to Piraeus. We travelled as deck passengers with a group of about 250 in an area normally foreseen for some 30 backpack tourists: like sardines in a box with a kind of a survival catering. One toilet and one shower for the whole group: you had to plan for your sanitary care... So the troops were complaining with Jean-Luc.
But we had a marvellous Jamboree (the Wide Game, Talent-o-Rama, for the first time we saw milk in cartons, the camp fires...). And a three days Peloponessos trip afterwards, where we enjoyed very much the hospitality of the Greek families where we stayed overnight.
For the journey home Jean-Luc had promised better conditions: we boarded three hours in advance in Patras on the ferry for Brindisi. A large deck area was foreseen and he was very proud to show us the contract with the reserved deck area. But one hour later a group of Scouts de France from Lyon boarded with the same reservation and just before leaving we had to share the area with some other 200 of our french speaking friends of Boy Scouts de Belgique! So the situation was exactly the same as on the outward voyage.
Later on, Jean-Luc Dehaene served our country and Europe as an excellent statesman.
I have very fond memories of this Jamboree which I attended with my patrol of eight scouts of Troop Beziers 2 from South of France. For me, it was the first travel abroad. Train to cross Italy, then boat from Brindisi to Pirée, then on a bus from Athens to the plain of Marathon where I arrived sick (drank ice water after eating watermelon). We were two of us in this situation and no possibility of relief on the road. I remember the Jamboree as a series of meetings with international scouts, of discoveries, of trades and meals shared with foreign troops (German, Canadians, Americans, Thais). I had my first experience of a communication in English, of badge exchanges, of belts given as gifts. I recall of the big heat, of the cold showers, of swimming at the beach with the shark net fences, carrying the replenishments and supplies in construction rubber baskets, of milk in carton bricks and water in bottles, of the visit by Crown Prince Constantine and his sister who distributed awards for our participation in the games (Silver Laurel award). The spectacle in the Olympic stadium of Athens, the farewells... And then the sightseeing: Parthenon, Cape Sounion. I have since came back four times in the beautiful and historically very rich country of Greece, to have my children discover it as well. This Jamboree for me was the revelation that the English learned in school was not just material but a great way to communicate with brothers from all countries. I am 67 years old today and this experience has been decisive for me.
My first experience of flying and visiting another country. The plane had propellers and took six hours to get LHR to Athens. The Epathlon Daphnis I was awarded is still in the family and I have the badge sans fastening. Our troop visited northern Greece and I recall sleeping on classroom floors at schools. An amazing and privileged trip.
I was an official representative (press) for my Government (Nigeria). It was my first time in Greece. Coming from Nigeria, the weather in Marathon was very cold for me but I had the time of my life as a young reporter, exchanging photographs with other representatives from other countries. I was a 27 year old undergraduate from the then prestigious university University Of Nigeria Nsukk.
Now I am a grandfather enjoying my retirement in my Village OKOLOCHI in the Eastern part of Nigeria.
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|1||Crown Prince Constantine||Chief Scout of Greece||Greece|
|2||P. Kalogeropoulos||Organizing Committee Chairman||Greece|
|3||Dimitrios "Rann" Alexatos||Camp Chief||Greece|
|4||Dimitrios Macridis||Deputy Camp Chief||Greece|
|5||Antonio C. Delgado||Deputy Camp Chief||Philippines|
|6||D.C. Spry (Director, World Bureau)||Hon. Organizing Commissioner||Great Britain|
|7||Nestor Constantoulis||Organizing Commissioner||Greece|
|8||Godofredo Neric||Deputy Organizing Commissioner||Philippines|
|9||Colonel J.S. Wilson||Special Consultant||Great Britain|
|10||John Thurman (Camp Chief, Gilwell Park)||Special Consultant||Great Britain|
|11||Ken Stevens||Special Consultant||Great Britain|
|12||V.P. Walker||Editor, Marathon Courier|
|13||Jamini Sarkar||Commandant, International Emergency Service Troop||India|
|14||Raymond Armstrong||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Cyprus|
|15||Klaus Radicke||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Liechtenstein|
|16||Eric Lockett||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|17||S. O. A. Ajana||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Nigeria|
|18.||Graeme G’william||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|19||Geoffrey Hughes||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||U.K.|
|20.||Andreas Gregoriou||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Cyprus|
|21||Kevin Donald||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|22.||John Heywood||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||U.K.|
|23||Sheila Hiom||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||U.K.|
|24.||John Driver||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|25||Keneth Francis||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|26.||Brian Allan Gray||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|27||Robert Owen||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Australia|
|28.||Col. Martin||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||U.K.|
|29||James Economides||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||Greece|
|30.||Miss Molly Stevens||Group Leader, Emergency Service Troop||U.K.|
|31||C. Courmoulis||Head, Dept. of Camp Administration||Greece|
|32.||C. Naoumidis||Head, Dept. of Physical Arrangements||Greece|
|33||Th. Sotiriou||Head, Dept. of Finance||Greece|
|34.||C. Meraclis||Head, Dept. of Equipment & Supplies||Greece|
|35||A. Tsimetas||Head, Dept. of Programme||Greece|
|36.||A. Papadakis||Head, Dept. of Transports & Movements||Greece|
|37||L. Skyrianidis||Head, Dept. of Internationl Relations||Greece|
|38.||A. Salvaras||Head, Dept. of Hospitality & Extended Stay||Greece|
|39||M. Pavlidis||Head, Dept. of Press & Public Relations||Greece|
|40.||Th. Katsakos||Head, Dept. of Medics & Public Health||Greece|
|41.||J.W.H. Miner||Sub-Camp Chief, Aeantis||Canada|
|42.||G. Stavrinos||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Aeantis||Greece|
|43||N. Engberg||Sub-Camp Chief, Aegeis||Denmark|
|44||M. Nicolopoulos||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Aegeis||Greece|
|45||Dr. G. Reddingius||Sub-Camp Chief, Akamantis||Holland|
|46||M. Tsilimas||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Akamantis||Greece|
|47||J.P.A. Silveste||Sub-Camp Chief, Antiochis||Philippines|
|48.||P. Petropoulos||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Antiochis||Greece|
|49||Dr. R. Tremil||Sub-Camp Chief, Cecropis||Austria|
|50||C. Canetis||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Cecropis||Greece|
|51||H.R. Hall||Sub-Camp Chief, Erechtheis||Great Britain|
|52||A. Chryssafis||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Erechtheis||Greece|
|53||S. Arthur||Sub-Camp Chief, Hippothondis||Great Britain|
|54||L. Florentis||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Hippothondis||Greece|
|55||O. Szymiczek||Sub-Camp Chief, Leontis||Hungary|
|56||Chr. Livas||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Leontis||Greece|
|57||E. Bourdet||Sub-Camp Chief, Oineis||France|
|58||C. Frangoulis||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Oineis||Greece|
|59||J. W. Fowles||Sub-Camp Chief, Pandionis||Hungary|
|60||A. Haralambous||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Pandionis||Greece|
|61||J. Lioufis||Sub-Camp Chief, Plataea||Greece|
|62||N. Carassoulis||Deputy Sub-Camp Chief, Plataea||Greece|
|63||A. Lenos||Staff Sub-Camp Chief, Hermion||Greece|
|64||D. Marcoulis||Staff Sub-Camp Chief, Olympus||Greece|
|65||Mrs. P. Skyrianides||Female Staff Sub-Camp Chief, Nereids||Greece|
|66||J. Fisher||Contingent Leader||Aden|
|67||K. Medzadourian||Contingent Leader||Armenian Scouts|
|68||A.J. Schatzl||Contingent Leader||Austalia|
|69||Hans Schatzl||Contingent Leader||Austria|
|70||Frank Kay||Contingent Leader||Barbados|
|71||Jacob I.B. Sekgwa||Contingent Leader||Bechuanaland|
|72||C. Schmit||Contingent Leader||Belgium|
|73||A.J. Swift||Contingent Leader||Bermuda|
|74||D. Shellard||Contingent Leader||Brazil|
|75||L. Thompson||Contingent Leader||British Guiana|
|76||Abu Baker Othman||Contingent Leader||Brunei|
|77||Joseph Ngendahimana||Contingent Leader||Burundi|
|78||I.H. Nicholson||Contingent Leader||Canada|
|79||M. Edouard Methot||Contingent Leader||Central African Republic|
|80||E.W. Kannangara||Contingent Leader||Ceylon|
|81||Lu-Chi-Hwa||Contingent Leader||China Formosa|
|82||G. Bwilama||Contingent Leader||Congo Leopoldville|
|83||Rico Uffelman Piel||Contingent Leader||Costa Rica|
|84||Dimitris Dimitriou||Contingent Leader||Cyprus|
|85||Aphonse Fauben||Contingent Leader||Cameroons|
|86||Samuel Attegbo||Contingent Leader||Dahomey|
|87||J.B. Skotte Hensen||Contingent Leader||Denmark|
|88||Gilbert Gonzalez Ulloa||Contingent Leader||El Salvador|
|89||Ake Romantschuk||Contingent Leader||Finland|
|90||Jean Esteve||Contingent Leader||France|
|91||F. Kronenburg||Contingent Leader||Germany|
|92||Jose Ruiz Lainfiesta||Contingent Leader||Guatemala|
|93||Gregory Hasapis||Contingent Leader||Greece|
|94||K. A. Fisher||Contingent Leader||Haiti|
|95||Chamson Chau||Contingent Leader||Hong Kong|
|96||Ottar Oktosson||Contingent Leader||Iceland|
|97||Jamini Sarkar||Contingent Leader||India|
|98||Dr. Hossein Banai||Contingent Leader||Iran|
|99||R.G. Tenant||Contingent Leader||Ireland|
|100||Yehuda Barkai||Contingent Leader||Israel|
|101||Gino Armeni||Contingent Leader||Italy, ASCI|
|102||Gualtiere Iesurum||Contingent Leader||Italy, CNGFI|
|103||Aka N’Wozan||Contingent Leader||Ivory Coast|
|104||I. E. Jones||Contingent Leader||Jamaica|
|105||Dr. Hidesaburo Kurushima||Contingent Leader||Japan|
|106||Munir Omar Balkar||Contingent Leader||Jordan|
|107||H.S. Bahra||Contingent Leader||Kenya|
|108||Thamir I.Sayyar||Contingent Leader||Kuwait|
|109||Chao Singh Saysanom||Contingent Leader||Laos|
|111||Teher Tomi||Contingent Leader||Libya|
|112||H.S.H. Prince Emanuel||Contingent Leader||Liechtenstein|
|113||Jean Welter||Contingent Leader||Luxembourg|
|114||J.A.R. Wellington||Contingent Leader||Malaya|
|115||John Camenzuli||Contingent Leader||Malta|
|116||R.V. Megana||Contingent Leader||Mexico|
|117||Jean Pelacchi||Contingent Leader||Monaco|
|118||Odon Rafenoarisoa||Contingent Leader||Malagasy Republic|
|119||J.C. Versteeg||Contingent Leader||Netherlands|
|120||G.A.T. Rhodes||Contingent Leader||New Zealand|
|121||G. des Bordes||Contingent Leader||Nigeria|
|122||Odd Hopp||Contingent Leader||Norway|
|123||M.S. Alain||Contingent Leader||Pakistan|
|124||Nicasio Fernandez||Contingent Leader||Philippines|
|125||Teodore Chavez||Contingent Leader||Peru|
|126||Rev.Fr.A.Ferreira Alvez||Contingent Leader||Portugal|
|127||E.Barnes||Contingent Leader||Rhodesia North|
|128||L.A. Davy||Contingent Leader||Rhodesia South|
|129||A. Sidawy||Contingent Leader||Saudi Arabia|
|130||Malick Dior||Contingent Leader||Senegal|
|131||Bernard Fernandez||Contingent Leader||Singapore|
|132||J.D. Draser||Contingent Leader||South Africa|
|133||Manuel Subira||Contingent Leader||Spain|
|134||Said Mohamed Nur||Contingent Leader||Sudan|
|135||Guno Elskamp||Contingent Leader||Suriname|
|136||Bengt Ahlstrom||Contingent Leader||Sweden|
|137||Dr. Paul Vork||Contingent Leader||Switzerland|
|139||Gem Hazel||Contingent Leader||St. Vincent Island|
|140||H.W. Farrell||Contingent Leader||Trinidad & Tobago|
|141||Mahmoud Trigui||Contingent Leader||Tunisia|
|142||Aziz Ozcelik||Contingent Leader||Turkey|
|143||H.Ali Abdul Aziz||Contingent Leader||United Arab Rebublic|
|144||B.A. Chacksfield||Contingent Leader||Great Britain|
|145||Joseph A. Brunton Jr.||Contingent Leader||USA|
|146||Francisco J.Tugues||Contingent Leader||Venezuela|
|147||Nesser A. Lamki||Contingent Leader||Zanzibar|
|148||Andy Murphy||International Staff, Talent-O-Rama||USA|
|149||Dale Chronic||International Staff, Talent-O-Rama||USA|
|150||Bob Kilmer||International Staff, Talent-O-Rama||USA|
|151||Dean Robert Lycas||Eagle Scout||USA (Transatlantic Council, Germany)||Cecropis|
|152||Tucker Lee Melancon||Scout||USA|
|153||Ernest W. Armstrong||Eagle Scout||USA||Cecropis|
|154||George Dassios||King's Scout||Greece||Hippothondis|
|155||Kyriacos Cameris||Staff, Emergency Service Troop||Cyprus|
|163||Robert N. Clay||Scout||USA|
|166||Peter Kent Dolezal||Scout||USA|
|174||Anthony Tidman||Scout||United Kingdom|
|175||Jean Pelacchi||Scouter/Leader||Principality of Monaco||Aeantis|
|177||Alan Cole||Scout||United Kingdom|
|178||Dr Peter Elliott MBE||Scout||United Kingdom||Oineis|
|179||Ray Mankelow||Scout||New Zealand|
|180||David Robie||Scout||Aotearoa/New Zealand|
|181||Reniers Hugues||Scout||South Africa|
|182||Malcolm Cooper||Scout||New Zealand|
|185||Louis John Angelos||Scout||USA|
|186||Gordon Jones||Scout||Wales, UK|
|187||David Boyd||Patrol Leader||Canada|
|195||Efstratios Anasontzis||Scout||Greece (Greek Scouts of Cairo)||Plataea /site 22|
|196||Andrew Yarrow||Scout||UK||Aegis /site 24|
|197||Joseph (Joe) Davis||Scout||USA|
|198||David Anthony Kitson||Scout||UK Central Yorkshire and Shropshire||Aegis|
|200||Michael Woodhead||Scout||Canada (European council)||Akamantis|
|203||James Harry Ramsden||Scout||United Kingdom|
|206||Frank McCall||Scout||United Kingdom|
|207||Alphonsus Daniel Eke||Civil/Non-Scout Staff||Nigeria|
|208||Anthony Sparkes||Scout||United Kingdom, Devon||Cecropis|