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In the film we follow the events of the organization of the 11th World Scout Jamboree in Marathon, which took place in August 1-11th, 1963 with the presence of 14,000 scouts from all over the world.

Jamboree is the name given to the large-scale scout gathering. The World Scout Jamboree is an institution that was pioneered by the Hellenic Scout Corps.

The film opens with the event’s emblem that says "11th WORLD JAMBOREE MONDIAL" 1963 and Hellas at the bottom. The lens shows us the sign of the event that takes place in August 1963. We see the area from a small aircraft where the filmmaker is. A scout poses for the camera with the event’s sign in the background and then a military truck passes in front it.

The filmmaker focuses on the sign and we can see it in detail as scouts pose in front of it. We see shots of the area from inside the car which is in motion and we can stand out various tents, camps and platforms that have been set up for the event.

We continue with aerial shots, we see a small aircraft and a helicopter and a view of the flags of all the countries waving. The lens captures the scouts parading. A scout seems to give the groups the rhythm, some of them continue their course while a group is staged holding posters with letters to capture the moment. Afterwards, we see the French team doing various shows as well as four people who wear a scarf also bearing the colors of France playing banjo, guitar and singing.

The activities continue with the groups dancing the traditional dances of their country and we see the Greek scouts who are dressed in traditional Greek uniforms. We see a panoramic shot of the crowd, the area’s decoration with country flags and smaller flags. The camera returns to the shows and stands among the Arabs with their typical traditional attire.

The view changes, for a while with a counter where food is prepared as we see a lamb and pots. Back to the shows, with the Scottish group this time and the typical bagpipe among other instruments and wearing the kilt.

Afterwards, a military car passes in front of the camera with the king of Greece Paul, greeting and the people who are on both sides of the road applauding him. The filmmaker shows a while a helicopter that moves away and gets back to the scouts.

A group parades holding a sign that says “BERMUDA" and various groups with their flags follow. We see a short shot from the official’s podium with king Paul watching the parade.

We see views of the beach while in the background a ship and a military helicopter are vaguely visible. The helicopter lands on the shoreline and the camera turns once again to the teams’ demonstrations. We see several airplane models.

We observe airplane formations in the air, people are photographed with their models and the filmmaker captures a big bonfire. We see a building with the NASA and SIGMA 7 sign and people admiring the Wally Schirra's Mercury 8 capsule with the nickname "Sigma 7" as well as the Atlas launch vehicle.

The film closes with fireworks in the sky during the closing ceremony.

The camp that hosted the Jamboree covered 5,000 acres, while the Army paved 20 kilometers of roads. A 100-bed hospital was also built by the army. The Greek Power Company provided electric lighting and a public address network, while water came from Karystos by boat. Jamboree brought the country more than 10,000,000 dollars income from the participants.





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Bakelas Vyron




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