1933 – Dechmont Camp

1933 Jubilee International Camp at Dechmont near Cambuslang. Friday 8th Sepember to Monday 11th September 1933

The main visitors, some 3000 strong,  were expected to arrive during the day Friday,  but on Thursday an advance party of 400 lads from companies in Glasgow and West of Scotland, 2 from each company, came to prepare the welcome to the Camp. Each Boy had issued a small booklet with details of the daily routine, agenda for the days at camp, general camp rules and information.

Official opening at 12 noon Friday with the unfurling of a special B.B. Jubilee flag and the special camp entrance welcome arch.

Described as a white canvas township with 400 Bell tents for sleeping and a 400ft by 30ft wide marquee for the concerts. The 100 catering staff in the kitchens producing meals for 3000 had 12 x 30gallon tea boilers,  5 x 50gallon soup and porridge boilers to itemise only a few. Provisions of 200 gallons of milk, thousands of eggs, 15cwt of potatoes, 1200 2lb loaves per day ! not to mention butter, scones, cakes, jam, sugar and other eatables.

The Camp was split into sections, each had their own large dining tent with waitresses to serve and wash up!!! and for those who didn’t get filled at main meals there was another huge 110ft by 30ft marquee set up for use as a camp canteen.

A daily routine starting at 7am with Reveille, 7.45am Prayers, 8am Breakfast, (Officers had to wait till 8.30am !),   12.30pm Dinner, Prayers and supper from 9.15pm, Lights out at 10.45pm.

Friday evening in the presence of the whole Camp, representative Boys signed a Message from the Boys of the Brigade in the Jubilee Session to the Boys of the Centenary Session 1983. This document together with copies of the Jubilee Programme, the names of all the Visiting Officers and Boys and the official Jubilee Badge, were deposited in a Special Casket which was then sealed. The following day, Saturday evening, this was presented to the Jubilee meeting at the St Andrew’s Hall for safekeeping until its opening  at the centenary meeting in 1983.

Saturday – the Boys came into Glasgow to take part in the Jubilee Royal Review at Queen’s Park Recreation ground.  In the evening there were concerts by ‘the Vagabonds’ and the ‘Sparklites’

Sunday – morning camp Drumhead service

Afternoon the Conventicle at Hampden Park

Monday – Excursion on the Firth of Clyde, by train to Wemyss Bay then by steamers around the Kyles of Bute, passing Tighnabruaich where the first BB camp took place, and or an exhibition football match Rangers v Partick Thistle.

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