14th World Scout Jamboree

The 14th World Scout Jamboree was held July 29 to August 7, 1975, and was hosted by Norway at Lillehammer, on the shore of Lake Mjøsa.[1][2]

Nordjamb '75
14th World Scout Jamboree
Attendance17,259 Scouts
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King Olav V and Harald V of Norway, who then was crown prince, opened "Nordjamb '75", as it became popularly known, in the presence of 17,259 Scouts from 94 countries.[1] The slogan was Five Fingers, One Hand, an example of international cooperation on the part of the five Nordic countries responsible for its organization.[2]

This slogan stood symbolically for:

  • Five fingers separately are small and weak, but together form an efficient and strong unit
  • Scouts from all five continents meet at the World Jamboree
  • The five Nordic countries jointly host a world event

The slogan for the Jamboree was represented in a number of ways, including one event that brought all of the Jamboree participants together into the central arena, where they formed a giant hand that was photographed from aircraft flying overhead.[3]

The British contingent, led by Robert Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron Baden-Powell, included Scouts from Branches in Bermuda, Hong Kong and Rhodesia.[1]

The program of this Jamboree included excursions in the mountains by international patrols, activity areas, Nordic trail, choir, visit to Maihaugen cultural museum, and the Jamboree Country Fair. The relationships that developed were in large measure due to the warm hospitality given to almost every visiting Scout in the homes of the hosts. This Jamboree included in the program several activities involving modern technology, as well as traditional pursuits such as hiking, orienteering and camping.

The Jamboree was also visited by Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and Crown Prince Mohammed VI of Morocco.


The campground was located on shore of the river Lågen where it enters Lake Mjøsa.

The camp consisted of a central area and ten subcamps:

Number Name named after
1Siljan Swedish lake in Dalarna
2Teno River in Lapland
3Nordkapp Northernmost point of Europe
4Trelleborg ancient Viking settlement
5Hekla Volcano in Island
6Skane southernmost province of Sweden
7Jurmo Finnish Island
8Dovre mountain range in Norway
9Sarek National Park in northern Sweden
10Lillebelt Passage between the Danish island of Funen and Jutland


Each Scout had the opportunity to attend at the following activities:

  • Physical Activities
  • Water Activities
  • The North Trail
  • Nature and Conservation
  • Handicraft
  • Maihaugen (Visit of the Maihaugen museum in Lillehammer)
  • Nordic Culture and Democracy
  • Modern Technology
  • Hike (two-day walk through Nordic area)[3]

On August 2, 1975, the Jamboree County Fair was celebrated. For this event Nord Crowns were issued as Camp currency.

See also


  1. "World Jamborees". The Scout Association. 2005. Archived from the original on 17 October 2008.
  2. "World Scout Jamborees History". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008.
  3. Nordjamb -75 (TV documentary) (in Norwegian). NRK. 16 November 1975.

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