The 1993 Jamboree returned to Ft A P Hill in Virginia. After three Jamboree’s the “hill” had been transformed to a perfect site for a Jamboree. The official attendance is reported at 34,449 which is about the same as previous Jamborees. About 35,000 seemed to be the perfect size for a Jamboree and most in the future would be about 35,000. The theme was a Bridge to the Future.
 
Scouts camped by Regions in twenty different subcamps. The historic flag theme for each subcamp similar to previous years was used. Scouts attending the Jamboree were immersed in American history, visiting the sites in Washington DC and the surrounding area. Northern Virginia was the heart of American history. Many contingents visited nearby Civil War battlefields and Colonial Williamsburg. Bill Clinton was President, he did not attend, but he would after his reelection in 1997.
material scouts recieved at 1993 national jamboree
Scouts received two embroidered badges and neckerchiefs, an official I D card, luggage/baggage tags and a Scout Guide to the Jamboree.
1993 bsa jaboree patches
scout emblem

The “scout emblem” used on the 1993 patches was a Fleur de leis (with a cross bar). In 1977 the BSA specifically chose what was then called a scout sign rather than a Fleur de leis. Sixteen years later the Fleur de leis was the choice.
 1993 bsa jamboree leather emblem



(left)- Official neckerchief, no other known varieties

(right) - 3" x 3 1/2" leather emblem.

There was no Wide Game in 1993, thus no segment.
1993 bsa jamboree staff name tag 
Most Staff members and many unit level Scouts and Scouters had the plastic name tag.
The placement above the BSA strip is shown in the uniform catalogs. It appears to
still be optional.
1993 Prototypes 
 
On the prototypes the TO in "A BRIDGE TO"… is smaller than other letters. The #3 on the protypes are nearly closed at the top, it almost
looks like an 9.
prototype 1993 bsa patches 

Embroidered on different background color cloths, these were not used and reportedly did not have borders.

prototype 1993 bsa patches
It is reported, that only three of the different color background patches were made and they did not put a border on them. There were allegedly that ten of the blue background prototypes were made and they had the red border. Later it was claimed that perhaps 800 of the blue background prototypes may have been made.

About prototypes, collectors often labeling any patch that has not been catalogued as a prototype. This started with the cut edge 1950 Jamboree patches. I’ve identified eleven cut edge varieties, of which a couple might be true prototypes, but documentation has never been found to prove it. There is documentation on these 1993 patches. In recent years BSA National Supply and Scouting professionals have become well aware that advanced collectors are willing to pay premium prices for prototypes.
general pins 1993 bsa jamboree
Pins were popular, although there was a marked decline in interest. Destry Hoffard and Jeff Jones tell me that hat pins can be hard on the scalp. If a “friend” sees you with a hat full of pins, it was a common practice to hit you in the head, the pins would hurt your scalp.
1993 jamboree council pins
1993 jamboree council pins
About the demise of pin collecting. Jamborees continued to use pins, but 1993 is generally agreed upon as the time that pin trading and collection declined. Todd Kelton, was probably the biggest pin collector in the 1980’s, he said he thinks it was the no adult trading with youth policy. Trading pins was a simple transaction, no restrictions, no cheating, just my pin for yours. The Jamboree policy ultimately discouraged Todd from trading. Others said while they were fun to trade they were hard to collect. Some older traders couldn’t see them. Except for OA and CSP pins there was no rhyme or reason what they stood for. My theory is there wasn’t much profit for an OA lodge or Council in a pin. Two piece OA sets and multi set Jamboree issues returned a much better profit, in any case pins declined after about 1993. 
1993 bsa jamboree today 
The idea that a Jamboree is Adventure was new in 1993. Attending any Jamboree would qualify as an adventure, but it hadn’t been presented that way previously. Scouting has expanded on this theme in later years. Modern Jamboree planners have worked hard and been successful in offering Scouts opportunities not found at camps.

The Jamboree isn’t just camping with your Patrol for a week, there are activities and shows. The BSA has councils named Pathway to Adventure (Chicago) and Spirit of Adventure (Boston).
 

The Scout Guides outlines the program opportunities at the Jamboree.

Action Alley-a physical fitness course. Air Rifle, Archery, Bikathlon-a cross country course, Buckskin Games-Early 19th century activities, Confidence Course-A COPE style program, Motocross-bicycles over obstacles, Patrol Challenge-Patrol working as a team, Pioneering, Trap Shooting, Rappelling.

Remote Centers: Conservation, Fishing, Aquatics-Rafting, Racing Shell, Canoe Spring, Kayak Fun, Canoe Slalom, Discover Scuba, Snorkel Search.

Exhibits & Display National Exhibits, Merit Badge Midway, Arts and Science Expo, Brownsea Island, Daily Stage Shows and Amateur Radio. It seems that the BSA is working harder to promote all the activities at a Jamboree. This theme will be expanded on at future Jamborees. There’s a lot to do at a Jamboree, it could be an Adventure.
1993 bsa jamboree arena shows 
The Arena Shows were spectacular, (as always). Lee Greenwood opened the with the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless the USA. A cast of thousands with horses, wagons and prop’s presented a USA history lesson. Up with People and Louise Mantrell, returned after performing at previous Jamborees. I repeat myself when I say that Jamboree logistics are staggering. Where do they get horses, Conestoga Wagons, hundreds of Scouts dressed in historic costume, a ship and boxes to throw overboard reenacting the Boston Tea Party?  
 
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Paul Myers Goshen, Indiana
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