Newport Historical Society screens film on 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree that put spotlight on Orange County – Orange County Register

 

In July 1953, over 51,000 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from across the country and as far as Mexico and Japan descended on what is now Newport Center and Fashion Island to form friendships and enhance their camping skills in the first Boy Scout Jamboree on the West Coast.

Hollywood celebrities Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Will Rogers attended for “Hollywood’s Salute to Scouts” and Vice President Richard Nixon gave a speech and attended a pancake breakfast with his former Scout troop. President Dwight D. Eisenhower even made a visit.

The seven-day gathering was documented, made into a one-hour film and screened around the country — including at Newport Harbor High School. But it was not widely viewed and faded into obscurity over the years.

But on Wednesday night, July 19, after some film detective work by Eric Longabardi, a former TV journalist who grew up in Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Historical Society will screen the Jamboree film as part…

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