The museum was actually inaugurated on Founder's Day, February 22nd, 2013, with the opening of the Marathon exhibition. Christos Stathopoulos is responsible for the historical archive of the Scouts of Greece and it is thanks to his efforts mainly that the Association finally has a small but important museum it can be proud of. The exhibition will be on during the whole year of 2013.
The exhibition presents important documents from the Association's historic archive, souvenirs and unique scout treasures such as gifts given by international delegations to camp officials such as the Camp Chief, Dimitrios "Rann" Alexatos and Crown Prince Constantine, then Chief Scout of Greece. On display is also a Dutch wooden clog hand-signed on location (at the Jamboree) by Olave Baden Powell.
On display in the exhibition are four items contributed by our Troop: a panoramic photograph of the campsite given as gift by the Austrian delegation, an empty milk carton issued especially for the Jamboree by the American people, a souvenir Jamboree knife and a official-issue 1-kilo sugar bag imprinted with the Jamboree emblem.
The Museum also features a unique collection of staffs and canes that once belonged to Dimitrios "Rann" Alexatos, for many years General Chief of the Scouts of Greece and President of its Executive Board, also member of the World Scout Committee of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1957 to 1963. Alexatos, the most recognizable figure of Greek Scouting for many decades, was awarded the World Scout Committee's distinction, the Bronze Wolf, at the 19th World Scout Conference that took place in Rhodes, Greece in the days following the Marathon Jamboree.
At 1:50am on July 28th, 1963, while turning to prepare for landing at Bombay's Santa Cruz airport, the de Havilland Comet 4C of United Arab Airlines flight 869 that was carrying the whole Philippine Scout contingent to Marathon for the 11th World Scout Jamboree, crashed into the Arabian Sea just off Bombay under severe turbulence and heavy rain. The crash took the lives of all 55 passengers and 8 crew members aboard and the bodies were never recovered.
On the occasion of completion of 50 years from the tragic loss of the Philippine Scout contingent, the Manila International Scout Museum issued, earlier in 2013, two special limited edition scout badges. Angelo Manarang, founder and curator of the museum, kindly shared the badges with marathon1963.com (see graphic).
On the same occasion, the families of lost Filippino scouts are preparing a commemorative edition in remembrance of their boys for which marathon1963.com is honored to have contributed rare photographic material and information.
Information and material from this edition will appear here shortly.
In fact, another special event was organized 20 years ago in Marathon, in 1993, for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the 11th World Scout Jamboree. Organized by Alexatos and Paradisis, then vice-president of the Executive Board of the Scouts of Greece, on Saturday, August 7th, 1993 a large group of 11th Jamboree participants gathered again at Marathon.
The honorary celebration committee included many government officials such as the Minister of Foreign Affairs M. Papakonstantinou, ambassadors, the Mayor of the City of Marathon I. Bekas, General G. Valis responsible in 1963 for the campsite's technical works, Academy Award-winning composer Manos Hatzidakis, composer of the Jamboree song, M. Lazarimos, Commander in 1963 of ship Ikaria stationed at Marathon Bay, Victor Walker, editor of the "Marathon Courier", Jacques Moreillon, General Secretary of the World Scout Organization, member of the Swiss contingent at the Marathon Jamboree, Thiz Stoffer, President of the European Scout Committee and Alexandros Komninos, President of the Executive Board of the Scouts of Greece.
The all-day celebration commenced at 9.30 with the cleaning of the Shinias beach by scouts and with visits to the archaelogical sites of the Marathon fighters tomb, Ancient Ramnounta, Plateae tomb and the Archaelogical Museum of Marathon. After that, many guests went swimming in the bay of Shinias, just as thousand of scouts from all over the world used to, 30 years ago then.
The main celebration took place on the afternoon of August 7th, at the Leon Anti hotel in Marathon. In a festive outdoors area the guests had the opportunity to find old friends again, receive the event's souvenir, find philatelic first day of issue covers of the event, sign the commemorative frame, remember the days of Marathon 1963 by admiring the souvenir exhibition, participate in the naming of the Shinias esplanade as "11th World Jamboree 1963 Road", enjoy scout songs and watch an aeromodelling exhibition just like in August 1963.
Then everyone gathered around a symbolic campfire where honors and souvenirs were given to special guests, songs were sung and slides from 1963 were projected. The night ended with a festive dinner.