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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.

Minecraft

Our friends at ScoutLink provide some information on how to use Minecraft …

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.

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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 minecraft.scoutlink.net as your Minecraft server, or visit www.scoutlink.net/minecraft for more information.

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

 

 

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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.

Get ready for JOTA-JOTI with ScoutLink

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Don’t forget that you can use ScoutLink all year – it will be very busy during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Now would be a good time to take a look at the ScoutLink system, software and apps.
www.scoutlink.net

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