Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI)

Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) is an annual Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and is held the 3rd weekend of October. This event utilizes the internet and the numerous devices that are used to get online, from your home computer to iPad tablets, to link Scouts from around the world. Last year, JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered in the worldwide Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) - Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) database in 146 countries!

Scouts of any age can take part, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or they can participate in a Scout group at a council-wide event. JOTI is an economical way of communicating around the world. The event allows Scouts to "meet" other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just "Hi." The exchanges can include such information as name and location, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. Another great idea is to use JOTI participation to help fulfill a Citizenship in the World or Computers merit badge requirements!

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)

Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby radio amateur’s ham shack. Many times the hams will come to you by setting up at a Scout event. There are many ways to get your Scouts involved in JOTA.

JOTI / JOTA at SHAC

October 21, 2017
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cockrell Scout Center

Scouts of all ages are invited to participate in JOTA-JOTI, an economical way of communicating around the world. The event allows Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world and experience just how large the world of Scouting is today!

Registration is not required. We will have both ham radios and some shared computers available, or we can show you how to use your laptop or mobile device to connect to Scoutlink.net.

Sessions are typically about 20 to 30 minutes. It’s a lot of fun, and participation is one of the requirements to earn the new “International Spirit Award.” Imagine emailing a Scout in Australia, or saying Hola! to a Cub Scout in Spain!  

Webelos can work on requirement 10D: Under the supervision of your parent, guardian, or den leader, connect with a Scout in another country during an event such as Jamboree on the Air or Jamboree on the Internet or by other means (Webelos Handbook, page 146).

Resources

Contacts

Dan Goetzman
JOTI Chair
 dan.goetzman@gmail.com

http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/jota-joti