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Coordinates: 35°22′40″N 138°35′09″E / 35.37778°N
The 13th World Jamboree was held August 2–10,
1971, on Asagiri
Heights on the western side of Mount Fuji, near the town of Fujinomiya City, Japan, approximately 80 miles southwest of Tokyo.
The Jamboree was interrupted by Typhoon Olive in which
16,000 of the participating Scouts were evacuated to shelters in the
countryside for 48 hours.
The Jamboree site was served from the south by Japan National
Highway 139 and a turnpike from Fujinomiya. Arriving
Scouts were met at the Haneda International
Airport in Tokyo and transported by coach to the Jamboree site, or to the
Village in Tokyo as an intermediate stop.
The site itself covered an area of grassy sandbank of about
4 km2, sloping gently from east to west. Roughly
rectangular in shape was the Jamboree Camp headquarters, Subcamp
#11, Chūō, in the center of the site.
Medical facilities at the Jamboree were operated by the United States
Army and Air
Force. Other facilities at the Jamboree were a Skill-o-Rama and
Exhibits service center and a large Trading Post.
In the opening days of the jamboree the Scouts played a 'wide
game' in which each Scout was given a Japanese character on a colored card worn
around the neck. At a signal the Scouts would fan out over the
jamboree site looking for the other characters which would spell
out the jamboree theme, 'For Understanding'. The Scouts who
accomplished this feat then proceeded to a station to have their
cards validated with a stamp.
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