The only recognised international event held in Scotland was the 1939 Rover Moot held in Monzie (pron Mon – ee) in Perthshire.
3500 Scouts from 45 countries came together on the eve of the second war to celebrate Scouting. Groups attending had to provide details on their port of entry and were directed to find their way to Crieff by rail where they would be bussed to site. Scottish Rovers served as guides, security and ‘uncles’ for the duration. The camp fee was £4 which covered all train travel within the UK to Crieff and food, firewood and some excursions.
A limited number of products were made available – a curved scout stave badge, a small enamel badge, a fabric unifom badge, a pennant and a woggle were available, as well as a participant booklet (including site map) and a souvenir book post event. These products remain very rare.
Twenty one different hikes were included from which the Rovers could select and the Moot included a visit to Edinburgh.
Countries represented included Armenia, Siam, Trinidad, USA, Indo-China and India. Scottish HQ fortunately retains some wonderful materials from the Moot including the flag (below)
The subject of my previous post, John Davidson visited the camp in 1939 and his diary records the event in great detail and some of the many Rovers he met there. I particularly like the double bass….
The Scottish media made a great deal of the event with the Scotsman covering it extensively.
A great event.