The World JOTA-JOTI Team met at the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in early February 2016 to review the 2015 results and launch the 2016 event.
World JOTA-JOTI Team
Appointed in 2014 by the World Scout Committee, the team is led by Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, from the Netherlands. Richard has long been involved with Jamboree on the Air and with the appointment of this team joined Jamboree on the Internet. Other 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. You can see the team members in the photo nearby. Also attending this year’s meeting was Stephen Peck, Director of World Events, from the World Scout Bureau in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
While both the detailed and highlights reports 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 of the reports before they were formally published. You can find the highlights report at 2015 JOTA-JOTI Highlights and the detailed report at Annual Reports.
While activity levels dropped from 2014, they remained at near the 1 million mark for the total number of youth participating, with nearly 18,000 stations, and 151 active countries. It remains the largest Scouting event in the world. See the reports for more detailed information including a chart of activity levels year-over-year as well as maps of activities by country and written reports from several countries.
By far the most time spent at the meeting was reviewing what went well and what didn’t in 2015 followed by extensive review and planning of how the team could make the event better in 2016. The team developed rigorous specifications for improvements in the location registration system and well as specifications on extending the system to accept reports of results filed from each location. This further included providing detailed reports to NJCs to facilitate their national level efforts.
The team also adopted a 2016 theme: Discover Our World. This theme will be used to drive the annual logo competition, to be launched soon, and to help generate new activities for JOTA-JOTI weekend. The team plans to open a system for collecting the ideas for new activities from Scout groups in early 2016. The theme will also be used to open up conversations during the weekend to explore differences and similarities between Scouting in nations around the world.
The team also spent considerable time reviewing communication plans for keeping everyone informed and involved in the preparation for 2016 through the year. This includes blog posts from team members on this website during 2016.
A highlight of the planing meeting was several teleconference calls with other organizations that are involved with JOTA-JOTI. This included calls with Juha Mäenalusta, Chairman of Scoutlink; Ole Garpestad, International Amateur Radio Union Vice President; and Rich Cumner from JOTI Radio. These individuals brought fresh insight to JOTA-JOTI from their perspective in providing support to the event.
Not all teamwork involves working away at reports, plans, teleconference calls, and meetings — after all this is Scouting and Scouting is all about the outdoors. In the nearby photo you can see Al Al-Mamari from Oman enjoying his first encounter ever with snow. And, you can see Hannu “Banda” Rättö from Finland teaching him all about cross-country skiing.
That’s teamwork in action and a perfect example of the JOTA-JOTI theme for 2016 — Discover Our World. Ali discovered snow along with an outdoor activity thanks to Banda sharing his expertise and enthusiasm.
Get prepared for JOTA-JOTI this year from 14 to 16 October and discovering Scouting around the world. Stay tuned for more updates on our plans for 2016. Next up, the logo contest.
World JOTA-JOTI Team