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Don’t Forget to File Your JOTA-JOTI Location Report

Last year we reported that over a million Scouts were active during JOTA-JOTI weekend. Those 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.

Make Sure Your Report is Included — Collect Your Information This Weekend

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.

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

Send Photos, Videos, and Scout Stories

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.

Watch for the 2017 World JOTA-JOTI Report

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

Watch for the World JOTA-JOTI 2017 Report. We’ll have it completed and published early next year. It’s all part of celebrating the fun of 2017 while getting ready for 2018.

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

Now tell us all about it!

Sign Up Your Location for JOTA-JOTI 2017

Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet will soon be here. The third weekend in October, this year 20-22 October, will see an explosion of communication across the amateur radio airwaves and the Internet with over a million Scouts and Guides participating across 150+ countries.

Sign Up Benefits Everyone

So, who will be on for the weekend? The only way to know ahead of time is to sign up your location. Once you’ve signed up, the other locations around the world will know to look for you. Likewise, you’ll be able to see at a glance all the rest of the locations from across town to the other side of the Earth.

So far over 1,600 locations have registered for JOTA-JOTI. Add your location to the list.

Our theme is “60 Years Connecting Scouts” and this is a great way to determine who’s on and to map out your own effort to discover our world. Plus, when you sign up you’ll receive your JID code so you can participate in JamPuz.

How Do I Sign Up?

First, make sure you’ve created a profile and that you’ve logged into This sets you up to access all the webpages you’ll need.

Second, start at the JOTA-JOTI Sign Up page. Only one person needs to sign up for your location, which will be good for everyone who attends. Follow the links on the sign up page to enter the system.

What Information Will I Need?

You’ll sign up by selecting your country, choosing WOSM or WAGGGS, selecting your National Scout Organization, and then filling in:

  • Name of Group or Event – This would be your Scout group or your special event name.
  • Location – Town or City.
  • Amateur Radio Call Sign – If you’re going to participate on amateur radio.
  • IRC Nick Name – This is your nickname that you’ve registered on ScoutLink or another Internet chat service.
  • Other Identifiers – This can include your Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • When You Plan to Take Part – Select all that apply from Friday to Sunday.
  • Contact Person Name and Email – This is the contact person for your location.

That’s all the information you need. Click the “submit” button and you’ll be registered. You’ll also receive an email confirming your sign up. That email will contain a link you can follow to make any needed changes to your information.

You’ll find the list of all stations at Registered Stations. Search for your own and for others you know or would like to contact during JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Sign Up is Just the Starting Point

Once you’ve signed up and viewed the online list of all locations, you’ll be all set for JOTA-JOTI weekend. That’s where the fun starts.

But don’t stop there. You can also report on your activities after the event. Your National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator will be in touch to collect your reports.

Your coordinator will be assembling the full report for all JOTA-JOTI locations in your country. Needed information includes:

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

They may also ask for some of your best photos and stories of your JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Sign Up is Simple – Do It Now

It is simple and straightforward. So go to the JOTA-JOTI Sign Up page now and make it happen.

Looking forward to seeing your location listed and to contacting you during the weekend.

World JOTA-JOTI Team

JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide — Get Ready for the Largest Scouting Event in the World

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has prepared a Participant’s Guide. It tells all about the largest Scouting event in the world and how you can get involved.  You can download it at this link JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide or click on the image below.

60 years connecting Scouts – a glimpse behind the scenes.

BP knew….

The earliest documented involvement of Scouts with world-wide connections comes from the 1st Arundel Troop in Sussex, United Kingdom; they had their own amateur station “on the air” in 1911. The transmitter was of the spark variety and the 300-foot-long aerial used the local brewery chimney as a mast. The Troop had the call sign “XBS” and they had a receiving range of 800 miles.

Lord Baden-Powell’s comments were as follows – “Wireless has become a favourite hobby with boys of the right kind, and it is a valuable hobby for them, because it has a big future before it… I hope that Boy Scouts, at any rate, will make full use of this opportunity thus given them, and will by their good work and progress in efficiency repay such kind interest”. Little could he have known of what was to come…..

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) starts in a snack bar.

In 1957, a World Scout Jamboree was held at Sutton Park in central England, with 35,000 Scouts from 62 countries attending. For the first time at any World Jamboree, local radio amateurs installed and operated a large radio station under the call sign GB3SP. Scouts and leaders were allowed to visit, as long as they stayed behind the little fence with the flower pots and kept the noise down.

Les Mitchel, G3BHK, (9 December 1923 – 6 October 2014), a British Scout leader at the time, writes: “I was very surprised by the number of overseas Scout radio amateurs attending the Jamboree and decided that some effort should be made to bring them all together. A notice in the Jamboree Newspaper resulted in daily coffee meetings during which we got to know each other and had a good rag chew. The meetings were actually held in a snack bar outside the Jamboree gate, as meeting in the GB3GP radio station would produce too much “background noise” for the operators.

Towards the end of the Jamboree we were all a little sad at our impending departure, and someone casually remarked that we might try to contact each other on the air. This then developed into the idea of trying to make contact on one specific day in order to concentrate our efforts, and I was asked to make the necessary arrangements”. Unknowingly, Les became the JOTA founding father.

On to the first JOTA event….

“When I subsequently gave this idea more detailed consideration”, writes Les, “there seemed to be a number of pitfalls. There were a few of us, and we were spread around the world.

Then the idea hit me – why not run the event for a whole weekend and ask all radio amateurs throughout the world with an interest in the Scout Movement to put their stations on the air and, at the same time, invite their local Scouts to join them. Visiting Scouts would be able to really take part themselves – thus adding much to the general interest. Even if the original “coffee meeting” Scout amateurs did fail to contact each other, it would not matter for there would be plenty of other Scout stations to talk to”. So, JOTA was born.

Then it got out of hand……

As the event continued to grow fast, the Boy Scouts World Bureau located in Ottawa, Canada at the time, was asked to help organize it. The director of administration, Leonard F Jarrett, VE3MYF, (31 March 1921- ) had some experience with radio and got the job. The event needed publicity and this was done using an annual participation card.

Len writes: “this first card was designed by a local volunteer as were, I believe, the next two. It was not until around 1961 that we started to “borrow” artwork from other JOTA organizers (notably Australia for a year or so, I believe). Later on, we started to ask various National Organizers to “volunteer” artwork”. Here are the roots of what is today the annual logo competition ! The event grew from a few hundred Scouts, to a few hundred-thousand Scouts and next to well over a million today.

JOTI joins

Just as you think you have seen it all, a new life-changing technology emerges, the Internet. Soon, local initiatives popped up that grew into a real Jamboree on the Internet, following the same concept that JOTA had used for decades. Gradually, more and more exchanges became possible over internet, that had not been there before. Combinations of internet possibilities with amateur radio to bridge long-distances soon emerged.

In 2013, the World Scout Committee decided to join JOTA and JOTI together into one big event. In fact, it is the largest annual youth event on the global calendar.

The future is open…..

The World JOTA-JOTI Team that coordinates the event, has set the first steps for a long-term outlook for the event. With elements that will focus on its educational value, its international character and its main task: “Connecting Scouts”. Join us next October.

2017 JOTA-JOTI Theme — 60 Years Connecting Scouts

The theme “60 Years Connecting Scouts” recognizes the start of the event in 1957 and commemorates its growth in participation and in the expanding communication channels that are activated on the third weekend in October, 20 to 22 October 2017.

Those channels include amateur radio via radio frequencies and Internet-based channels as well as many other Internet-based options including social media, ScoutLink and IRC chat services, Skype, and more.

It also recognizes the goal of the event – connecting Scouts so that they can engage in conversations with other Scouts across town and around the world. This allows them to discover geographic and cultural differences and similarities. Plus, they are exposed to the technology that makes all this happen.

The World JOTA-JOTI Team will provide a number of weekend activities supporting this theme. Additional activities will be generated through online submissions from Scouts and Scout leaders. Activities can be targeted for one-hour to one-day timeframes. A select group of activities will be posted on the JOTA-JOTI website with credit to those who developed the activity.

This theme will also be used to guide creative options for the JOTA-JOTI logo contest, which is expected to launch very soon. Watch this website for full insight into the contest and how to submit your entry.