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.

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.