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A Quick And Easy Guide To JOTA-JOTI And How You Can Take Part

Take part in the largest Scouting event in the world by using this guide. 

This year marks the 59th Jamboree On The Air and 20th Jamboree On The Internet (JOTA-JOTI). On the 14-16 October Scouts from all over the world will attend this momentous global event in the comfort of their own Scout huts. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Scouts from different countries to connect with each other, learn from one another and make friends using their digital skills.

This year, we’ve made things super easy for you. We’ve listed everything you need to know if you want to take part in JOTA-JOTI below. 

Equipment you will need:

  • Internet connection
  • Laptops or desktop computers
  • Webcams or in-built cameras
  • Microphones
  • Headphones
  • Radio equipment
  • Cameras (for selfies, obvs)

How to take part:

Step one – Register

To make the most of JOTA-JOTI, you will need to register your Group. By registering you are telling other Groups across the world where you are located before JOTA-JOTI starts.

Step two – Contact your local amateur radio station

To connect with Scouts using the radio you will need the help and assistance of a licenced local amateur radio station. They will be able to provide you with the correct equipment and will help you connect to the World Scouting Calling Frequencies.

Step three – Download the correct software

Everyone who joins JOTA-JOTI wants to talk! Join the conversations by downloading Scoutlink. This programme is moderated to ensure all young people using the chat service are safe.

Step four – Hangout around the Digital Campfire

The Digital Campfire is the go-to place for Scouts from all over the world. Why not take part in a global campfire song and try to identify the different languages being spoken?

Step five – Tune into the radio

JOTI Radio will be broadcasting throughout the weekend so that you can listen to special programmes with your Group.

Step six  Take part in activities.

There is a lot to pack in during JOTA-JOTI, including having fun offline with your Group using these activities. You can also find the new A Million Hands resource that you can use to talk to young people about water and sanitation.

Earn badges!

By taking part in JOTA-JOTI, Scouts of all ages will earn a special woven badge to mark the occasion. This is also the perfect time to consider planning the Digital Citizen Staged Activity Badge into your Programme - why not have a think about how JOTA-JOTI can kick start your Group’s digital Scouting journey? Also, JOTA-JOTI can help Scouts work towards their International Activity Badge.

If you would like to take part in JOTA-JOTI this year but don’t have the equipment, you could celebrate the event at Gilwell Park or Youlbury. Everything you need to take part in JOTA-JOTI will be provided for you and as an added bonus, you’ll have the chance to take part in your favourite outdoor activities. To find out more about visiting Gilwell for JOTA-JOTI, take a look at our event page

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