My son is at the Jamboree, and I was more than a bit worried at the initial reports. While I was relieved that neither he nor anyone else from his group was injured (or even anywhere near the injured parties), I still feel sorry for the victims and their families.
For comparison to cruises and air flights and so forth, it’s worth noting that the Jamboree has 40,000 to 45,000 people there, for almost two weeks. That is larger from some towns.
They don’t have deaths “every year” because, among other reasons, the Jamboree is only held every four years. They do have occasional deaths, though; accidents, heart attacks, etc. From one AP press release:
I don’t have a cite about the 2001 Jamboree, but I would have expected reporters to mention any deaths at the 2001 event (if they had occurred) in articles about the current one, before they would cite 1997 stories. (I’m well aware that does not prove the absence of 2001 fatalities.)