How to Participate in JOTA-JOTI

Want to attend a Scout Jamboree without travel? Want to attend every year instead of waiting four years?

How about attending the annual Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet?

JOTA-JOTI is active every year, the third weekend of October, and involves over 150 countries and typically one million Scouts. It uses modern communication technology to offer Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home.

I’m Ready, What do I do during JOTA-JOTI?

VE f2015 181e (8)_b - Version 3As we’ve noted above, the most fun can come from conversations with other Scouts across town or around the world. You’ll share stories about your Scouting experiences and about your weather, your Scout group, your community and your culture.

There are also a number of activities and challenges that you can engage in during JOTA-JOTI weekend. Here’s just a few:

Plus, stay tuned for new adventures and games that will be posted later this year as we get closer to JOTA-JOTI weekend. You can even submit your own ideas at The Idea Box around this year’s theme of Discover our World.

Sounds Great. How do I get involved?

6W 3V8 SAM_3652 - Version 2The absolute best way to get involved as a Scout is to find a local JOTA-JOTI location and engage with their activities by showing up. There are a few ways to find your local JOTA-JOTI location.

First contact your local Scout unit or group and see if they are going to activate a location for JOTA-JOTI. If that doesn’t work, see if another local unit or group will be active. Finally, during the month of September or early October check the JOTA-JOTI registration listing to see if there is a location near you.

If none of those options work, you can also get active as a single Scout, through ScoutLink, or by working with a local amateur radio operator. See more on both these options below.

What’s JOTA and Amateur Radio?

F Capture 2015-11-28 à 22.04.14 - Version 3Jamboree 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.

What’s JOTI and Online Chat?

SU 005 - Version 2Jamboree 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.

JOTI Radio and JOTI.TV

Yet another fun activity during JOTA-JOTI weekend is JOTI Radio and JOTI.TV. They offer programming and games during JOTA-JOTI weekend. It’s great fun to tune in and see what’s going on with their contacts around the world.

Have Fun

The important thing is to mark your calendar for JOTA-JOTI weekend, 14 to 16 October 2016. Then make sure you’ve made plans to get on the air and/or get on the Internet for the largest Scouting event in the world.