Two-Year Hike to Attend a Boy Scout Jamboree

These two guys are checking out their shoes, and for good reason. They walked from Venezuela to Washington, DC to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree, leaving on January 11, 1935 and arriving June 16, 1937. That’s right, they covered Venezuela, through Colombia, then Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, then through the southern US all the way to DC. More than 10,000 miles. Here they sit at the steps of the Capitol Building.

We hope they earned an extra badge!

venezuela walk
Rafael Angel Petit, left, and Juan Carmona, right

The trip is so far, Google Maps won’t even give us directions!

About Sam E.

Sam is a new contributor to Ghosts of DC and Ghosts of Baltimore. He has been a long time fan of the website. As someone who can lose hours looking at old pictures and reading about DC history, the blog is a perfect outlet for him to explore the history of the District.

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