In 1929, the 3rd World Scout Jamboree was held in Arrowe Park, Birkenhead and Scouting celebrated 21 years since the publication of Scouting for Boys.

The Jamboree became known as the ‘Coming of Age’ Jamboree.

Scouts from around the world wanted to mark this special occasion and a fundraising campaign was launched to buy Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell, a present. Over a million Scouts across the world donated a penny to the campaign. This was enough to buy Baden-Powell a Rolls Royce (nicknamed Jam Roll, after the Jamboree and Rolls Royce), this caravan (known as Eccles, named after the maker) and an oil painting by David Jagger.

The presentation was made in front of some of the 50,000 Scouts attending the Jamboree.  The biggest one ever held.

Baden-Powell confessed that when his wife, Olave, made enquiries as to what he would like all he could think of was some new braces.  Two days after the official presentation some Irish Scouts gave him some braces which he was clearly delighted with.

In 2008, Jam Roll was bought by the charity B-P Jam-Roll Ltd who care for it, preserve it for future generations and display it at Scout events. Every winter Eccles is sent to the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust’s workshop in Derby, where conservation work is carried out on both Jam Roll and Eccles.

The Baden-Powell’s donated Eccles to Gilwell Park in 1938 and it became a popular attraction.  During the Second World War, when Gilwell was taken over by the Ministry of War, Eccles was hidden in some bushes.  When, in 1945, the Scouts returned 29 pieces of shrapnel had to be removed from the roof.

In 2007 Jam-Roll and Eccles were reunited as part of the Centenary of Scouting celebrations.