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Minecraft during JOTA-JOTI

JOTA-JOTI 2016 is just around the corner, and while there are many ways you can connect during JOTA-JOTI, Minecraft is probably the newest and most intriguing addition to the list.

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a game all about mining and placing blocks. There are different types of blocks that you can craft into anything you can imagine. There are ores hidden in the ground that contain diamonds, gold, and more. There are different types of mobs from pigs and sheep which provide useful resources, to skeletons and creepers which you can fight. All of this takes place inside endless, unique worlds with a variety of terrains called biomes, such as jungle and savanna.

scoutlink ScoutLink Minecraft

At ScoutLink, we have a whole team dedicated to developing and maintaining our own Minecraft servers, and making sure it is a fun and safe place to play and connect with Scouts and Guides from around the world. There are different ‘worlds’ available with each providing a different style of play.

The first world is Creative where the users are in creative mode and have unlimited resources. The world is split up into ‘plots’ that users can claim. Once claimed, they can build anything they can think of using their imagination.

The second world is Survival where the users are in survival mode. Resources are limited and the user has to protect themselves and stay alive. Monsters will attack, the weather will change, and health will drop as the user gets hungry. Survival is a very exciting world to play in!

The third world is City which is an attempt to plan and build a city with an aim of being as realistic as possible. Users earn their place on our building team by proving that they can build to a realistic standard. This is a very rewarding world to be a part of, and interesting for spectators to watch progress on the city!

Other worlds will include a variety of games such as SkyWars. We are always open to suggestions for new games.

Minecraft during JOTA-JOTI

The ScoutLink Minecraft Team are busy preparing for JOTA-JOTI and are making sure there is plenty to do throughout the weekend. You can expect to see minigames spotted all over the server, dedicated game worlds, including SkyWars, and chances to win ScoutLink badges. There will always be members of the Minecraft Team online throughout JOTA-JOTI to help you out if you don’t know what to do next!

Logging in is simple: just choose as your Minecraft server, or visit for more information.


Minecraft facilities are provided for JOTA-JOTI by ScoutLink.
ScoutLink is a JOTA-JOTI Trusted Partner.




Your own Space discovery

Have you ever wondered how far, or how close we are to the nearest planet?  This JOTA-JOTI 2016 offers you the possibility to discover it. Measure the distance to the Moon. Difficult? No, just use your own JOTA radio station or find another Scout group via the Internet and compare Moon photo’s.

Does this really work?

Yes, it does. And you can do this in the JOTA-JOTI weekend with your Scouts. It takes a little preparation, but not that much as you have all you need already available at your JOTA-JOTI weekend. So now is a good time to start your preparation for this exiting part of the weekend.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor moon

So what do I do now?

Ask your JOTA radio amateur to prepare some equipment to send a radio signal to the Moon. In their jargon, it is called EME or Moonbounce. That’s all for now.

If you want to do the internet version, locate a Scout group on the other side of the globe. E.g. by using the list of Scout groups already signed up for the event. Agree on a time during the JOTA-JOTI weekend that you both take a photo of the night sky, with the Moon in it. That’s all for now.

What’s next?

Download our Advanced Discovery Project nr 1.  It shows you the detailed recipe how to measure the distance to the Moon during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.  Your preparations will come in hand. Run the activity with your Scouts either using the radio or the photos over internet. Or both if you like.

The ADP project can be downloaded here.

Then what?

Check your results with the published distance to the Moon that you can find on the internet. Have you come close? Don’t forget to send the measured result to your National JOTA-JOTI coordinator, so your group experiment can be mentioned in the World JOTA-JOTI report after the event.

Have fun ….. discovering our world.



Why You Should Sign Up Your JOTA-JOTI Location

JOTA-JOTI Sign Up TodayJamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet will soon be here. The third weekend in October, this year 14-16 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.

Our theme is “Discover Our World” 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. You can find the full list for each country at National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator.

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

Conversations, not just contacts

JamPuz is about conversations, not just contacts

JamPuz is a key part of JOTA-JOTI.  Whether you are taking part in JOTA-JOTI over the internet or over the airwaves (or both) you can use JamPuz to bring an added dimension to your JOTA-JOTI weekend.

photo: contacts on a map

The objective of JamPuz is for young people to have conversations with a wide range of people.  As part of the conversation they exchange a “JID” code.  The JID code (or JamPuz ID) is a unique identifier for the location.  The code gives information on the WOSM region and a code for the country.


During the course of the weekend the JID codes are collected on a log sheet. There are a series of sheets to complete.  This involves recording the conversations and JID exchanges with people from a variety of regions of the world, and from a variety of countries.  In addition there are other elements of the JID to collect.

We are keen to stress that JamPuz is about conversations with other people.  In the past we have seen very brief contacts when an individual asks for a JID and then moves on to someone else.  JamPuz is not a speed challenge to make as many brief contacts as possible, it is about conversations.  We would like JIDs to be exchanged as part of a conversation.  Leaders are asked to convey this to their young people during JOTA-JOTI.

The JID codes are issued to each registered location – JIDs are allocated to locations, not to individual participants.  That means that people taking part in JOTA-JOTI at the same location will all be using the same JID.  The JID code will be issued to the contacts completing the sign-up (or registration) process.  Some national organisations operate a national registration system; this does not constitute registration with the World JOTA-JOTI Team and so will not lead to being issued a JID.   All JOTA-JOTI locations are urged to sign-up with the World JOTA-JOTI Team so that they can be issued with a JID and also receive other JOTA-JOTI information.

If you have not taken part in JamPuz before, then why not include it within your JOTA-JOTI weekend this year?

Further information on JamPuz is available at


JamPuz JID poster 2016

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