What is JOTA-JOTI?
Oct 16-18, 2020
** NOTE: 2020 CAMPING is cancelled due to COVID-19 - online event only this year **
Jamboree-On-The-Air and Jamboree-On-The-Internet (JOTA-JOTI) is an official international event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). JOTA-JOTI is a youth programme event intended for young people in Scouting of all ages.
The purpose of JOTA-JOTI is to enable and encourage Scouts around the world to communicate with one another by means of amateur radio and the internet, providing a fun and educational Scouting experience and promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout Movement.
At world level, JOTA-JOTI is coordinated by the World JOTA-JOTI Team (WJJT), led by a World JOTA-JOTI Coordinator (WJJC). The WJJT reports to the World Scout Committee and is supported by the World Scout Bureau.
JOTA-JOTI related activities take place simultaneously all around the world each year during the third weekend in October. The programme for JOTA-JOTI consists both of activities developed at world level and initiatives developed at national and local level, supported by National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators and their respective teams.
Watch this great video from an American Scout Camp. Learn what JOTA is all about.
More about JOTA...
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is the amateur radio element of JOTA-JOTI, with Scouts all over the world speaking to each other by means of amateur radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves.
Amateur radio involves antennas, transmitters, and receivers, sometimes at a permanent location and other times set up at a camp in a temporary installation. Amateur radio operators are licensed by their country’s telecommunication authority to operate within strict guidelines.
They operate the JOTA-JOTI station following their local regulations as well as the guidelines and frequencies posted at JOTA Rules.
Typically over 20,000 amateur radio operators are helping with local JOTA-JOTI stations. Plus, many amateur radio operators are also on the air engaging with Scout stations and sharing their own Scout stories. There may be one or more local amateur radio operators who could help you get on the air during JOTA-JOTI weekend.
You can also listen in to the conversations using Web-based receivers located around the world. These receivers can be tuned to the JOTA-JOTI frequencies that can be found at JOTA Rules.
More about JOTI...
Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is the Internet element of JOTA-JOTI. With a computer, smart phone, or tablet, an Internet connection, web browser, email, and chat program you can connect with other Scouts.
Once on the Internet you can talk to other Scouts via Skype, social media including Facebook and Twitter, and using IRC Chat.
ScoutLink offers a superb way of engaging in chat with other Scouts. We’ve provided some instructions on how to connect along with some guidelines at ScoutLink Guidelines.
When you’re online for JOTA-JOTI or other times as well, make sure you follow the Safe On-line guidelines and that you follow good netiquette.
2017 had Chariot Races!
Chariots are built by the participants using sticks, rope, tarps, and wheels. Each chariot must carry minimum 1 patrol member (a rider) throughout the entire course from start to finish. All other patrol members (minimum 4) will maneuver their chariot through the entire course.