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Top 10 Challenges and Activities in 2016

Here’s the Top 10* Challenges and Activities from JOTA-JOTI weekend in 2016:

  1. John Bont
  2. Scouts Exploring the World
  3. Morse Code
  4. The Earthquake
  5. Advanced Discovery Projects
  6. The Lab
  7. SMS Text Art
  8. Your Space Ship
  9. Free Style
  10. Make Your Goldberg Machine

Of course, JamPuz was the biggest activity during the weekend. But the top 10 above also offered a great deal of fun for Scouts around the world.

Each of these Challenges and Activities are something to think about as you pull your plans together for JOTA-JOTI 2017 – Mark Your Calendars 20 to 22 October 2017.

* This ranking was based on the number of views for each during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.

World JOTA-JOTI Team annual meeting

The World JOTA-JOTI Team convened in Kuala Lumpur end of January 2017 for their annual meeting.

The team is led by Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, from the Netherlands. Team members include: Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG, from Finland; Ali Al-Mamari, A41RV, from Oman; Philip Bird from the United Kingdom; and Jim Wilson, K5ND, from the USA. Also attending this year’s meeting were Stephen Peck, Director of World Events, and (in part) Mihajlo Atanackovic, Digital Engagement manager, both from the WSB Global Support Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

2016 Evaluation

While the detailed world report for 2016 had been drafted during December and January as the reports from NJCs (National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators) were received and incorporated, the team met for a final review before it was formally published. You can find the report at Annual Reports.

We were pleased to see that our promotion efforts paid off and the activity levels increased considerably over 2015, bringing the total youth participation to well over 1 million. JOTA-JOTI remains the largest Scouting event in the world. The world report has more details for you.

The WJJT also noted a couple of improvement points. Notably some details on the new sign-up system, clarification points in communications and further support to NSO’s. Whilst the logo competition, JamPuz and our social media channels are definitely items to keep alive.

Strategic Outlook

By far the most time spent at the meeting was focused at developing a strategic roadmap for the event. The team felt that the annual organization is becoming mature, so it is time to look ahead further into the future. Our starting point is the vision that the World Scout Committee has laid out into 4 segments: we looked at “Innovating Scouting”, “Reaching Out To All”, Strengthening Scouting’s Profile” and “Governance & NSO support”. In each section, the team identified the items that the JOTA-JOTI event currently contributes in one way or another. Next, we identified those points that we felt were the important ones and that we would like to build on.

The team reviewed the first ideas with our World Scout Committee liaison Peter Blatch, using an on-line connection. Peter added a number of suggestions that we could incorporate on the spot.

After ample discussion and further reflection, the WJJT will focus for the next triennium on:

  • NSO support: “promote and encourage“, resulting in doubling the participation numbers
  • changing the profile of the event: forward looking, exploring new possibilities, safe communication.
  • adding innovative educational methods and resources
  • NSO’s to share their best practices

The World JOTA-JOTI Team will elaborate on these points, together with a number of NSO’s and Youth Advisors in a few on-line sessions, to make a high-level roadmap for the JOTA-JOTI event. Annual activities will then result from this roadmap.

2017 Planning

The team adopted the 2017 theme, which will be published soon, together with the launch of the logo competition.

The communication plans were updated for 2017. The team blog posts (like this one) will continue to appear monthly on our web site. An increased use of social media channels is foreseen as well.

The world-wide game will be upgraded; in 2016 some 46 groups managed to solve the John Bont puzzle. We will put out more similar challenges in 2017.

Finally, the work division amongst the team members was slightly adapted to better balance the workload and allow for further personal development.

Teleconference Calls

A highlight of the planing meeting were several teleconference calls with our trusted partner  organizations that are involved with JOTA-JOTI. This included calls with Juha Mäenalusta, Chairman of Scoutlink and Bart Jenniskens, the driving force behind JOTI.tv. These individuals brought fresh insight to JOTA-JOTI from their perspective in providing support to the event.

 

Get prepared for JOTA-JOTI this year from 21 to 22 October. Stay tuned for more updates on our plans for 2017. Next up: the logo competition.

 

2016 JOTA-JOTI Report Published

The 2016 JOTA-JOTI reports has been published – over 1 million participants across 156 countries and 33,000+ locations.

Read all the details including individual country reports by downloading the World JOTA-JOTI 2016 Report FINAL

Thanks to everyone who filed their location report and all the National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators who filed their country reports.

You can find previous reports at the Annual Reports page.

Youngsters on the Air

1609018_672647026135751_781153490_o-01Hi All JOTA-JOTI Participants!

I hope you had a great experience this year and made lots of new friends during JOTA-JOTI weekend. Those of you who would like to get more into the amateur radio world, after having first glimpse of it during JOTA-JOTI, there is another exciting way of participating and making new friends on radio frequencies. It’s called YOTA, which stands for Youngsters on the Air.

YOTA is organized by young radio amateurs. The basic idea is to get beginners on the air, those who are interested about radio amateur work, but have not yet had the opportunity to do so.

ym_grey_450Every year there is YOTA month, which is going on right now in December. YOTA is mainly organized in IARU Region 1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Northern Asia), but other areas are coming along.

The best way to get started is to read more about YOTA at http://www.ham-yota.com/ or from their Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/youngstersontheair/ or their Twitter at https://twitter.com/hamyota

Then contact your local radio amateur club and arrange with them a shorter or longer visit to jump into a totally new and exciting world!

Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG
World JOTA-JOTI Team

We Want To Hear All About Your JOTA-JOTI Weekend

WJR2015Last year we reported that over 1 million Scouts were active during JOTA-JOTI weekend across 151 countries and nearly 18,000 stations. We’ve posted the highlights and the full report.

So, where did we get those numbers?

The annual numbers are compiled from reports submitted by National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators. Your coordinator will be assembling the full report for all locations in your country.

How can I make sure my location report is included?

Contact your National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator with your location’s information. You can find the full list for each country at National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator. They may also have a reporting system where you can submit your information online or via email.

What information is needed?

The information they’ll be collecting includes:

  • Number of participants (Scouts and Guides)
  • Number of visitors (non-Scouts)
  • Number of amateur radio operators
  • Number of contacts
  • List of countries contacted
  • Communication channels used

How about photos, videos, and Scout stories?

SV 10245377_856661904366012_7814956110575330068_n copyYou bet! Your National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator would be delighted to receive some of the best photos and videos from your event.

You can also provide short stories and Scout impressions of your JOTA-JOTI weekend as well. You can find a suggestions with examples at Station Report Best Practices.

Provide your report and watch for the 2016 World JOTA-JOTI Report

Collect your numbers this coming weekend, snap some great photos and videos, and then provide them to your National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator.

Watch for the World JOTA-JOTI 2016 Report. We’ll have it completed and published early next year. It’s all part of celebrating the fun of 2016 while getting ready for 2017.

Thanks for all you do for Scouting and for JOTA-JOTI.

Now tell us all about it!