Jean Jacques Rambonnet

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Jean Jacques Rambonnet
Rambonnet, JJ.jpg
Born (1864-03-08)8 March 1864
Wijhe, Netherlands
Died 3 August 1943(1943-08-03) (aged 79)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Service/branch Royal Netherlands Navy
Years of service 1883 - 1911
Rank Vice Admiral (titular)
Awards Silver Wolf Award, Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion (1924), Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau, with swords (1934), Knight 4th Class of the Militaire Willems Order (1905)
Other work Chief Scout, Minister of Navy, Colonies, War, Member Dutch Council of State

Jean Jacques Rambonnet (8 March 1864, Wijhe – 3 August 1943, Rotterdam) was a Dutch naval officer, politician and the only Chief Scout of the Netherlands.[1]



Group picture of the Wood Badge training of Rambonnet

The Scouting career of Rambonnet started in 1920, that year he succeeded Prince Hendrik as head of the Boy Scouts in the Netherlands and was appointed chairman of the association "De Nederlandsche Padvinders" (NPV, The Dutch Pathfinders). When Scouting in the Netherlands started to follow more "English" rules, Rambonnet became in 1928 the first (and last) chief Scout of the Boy Scouts in the Netherlands. He held this position until just after the 5th World Scout Jamboree.

The "Rambonnethuis", a model for an ideal group home, that stood from 28 August 1948 to 19 March 1993 at the national Scouting campsite Gilwell Ada's Hoeve in Ommen, was named after Rambonnet. There are also several Scout Groups after him.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wilson p. 33 67

External links[edit]

  • [1] Some pictures of and about Jean Jacques Rambonnet on the site "Het geheugen van Nederland"
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Bastiaan Pleyte
Minister of Colonial Affairs (interim)
Succeeded by
Thomas Bastiaan Pleyte