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From Lancaster to Holland

Lancaster Guardian 25 July 1952:

LANCASTER will be represented at the first international gathering of Salvation Army scout troops at Lunteren, Holland, from August 5 to 15, by Scouter James Halliday and Scouts Alan P. Dodd, David W. France, and Ronald Eccleston, from the Lancaster Salvation Army Scout troop.

They will form part of the British contingent of 180 out of a total of 600 from 15 countries. The gathering will be known as a “Motondo” derived from an African verb meaning to “give thanks”, use by Salvationists in the Belgian Congo for large thanksgiving meetings.

Special features will include a “Friendship Day” on which scout’s will visit some of Holland’s principal cities: a “visitors day”, when they will give a display in the open-air theatre at Ede, seating 2000: a “contest day” for competitive sports and games.

There will be too, and “explorers day”, when boys in international patrols of 10 will have an opportunity, in a 48-hour hike, of putting into practice all they know about Scouting.

Queen Juliana has expressed her intention of visiting the camp.

Lancaster Guardian 22 August 1952:


LANCASTER Salvation Army Scouts had a memorable time at the International Jamboree in Holland.

A two-day hike over a circular course of 38 kilometres was completed despite very hot sunshine.

On one of their free days the Scouts visited the Lunteren open-air baths. Scoutmaster J. E. Halliday has added to his laurels by conducting the Arnhem Salvation Army Band.

A feature of the Jamboree has been the international soccer matches for Scouts and Scouters.  English Scouts beat Sweden 2-0 after previously defeating Finland. The scouters were not so lucky. They lost the final tie to Belgium 4-2. “Skipper” Halliday scored eight of his team’s goals during the competition.

Camp-fire get-togethers have proved very popular. The party, now back home, have happy recollections of their visit to the Jamboree, and hope it will be the first of many more. 


Lonsdale Scouts