Ever wanted to communicate with Scouts across the world without ever hopping on a plane? Well, now’s your chance because Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) and Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) are coming your way October 16-18, 2015.
What Is JOTA and JOTI?
JOTA and JOTI are annual World Scouting events that provide the perfect opportunity to get in touch with Scouts in your neighborhood, in the U.S. or even on the other side of the globe!
JOTA uses amateur radio, while JOTI utilizes the Internet and devices like home computers and tablets to link up Scouts. Participants share information such as their name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges can even lead to long-lasting friendships!
Scouts are encouraged to use JOTI and JOTA participation to help fulfill their Citizenship in the World or Computers merit badge requirement. Scouts of any age can participate.
How Can Scouts Participate?
To join JOTA fun, contact your local council and see if there are already plans underway. You can also contact a local ham radio operator or a local amateur radio club to participate.
Connecting with JOTI is even easier! With parental or adult supervision, Scouts can participate at home or in a Scout group at a council-wide event.
Below are the official BSA designs for the 58th Jamboree-on-the-Air and the 19th Jamboree-on-the-Internet.