The Boy Scouts of America is hosting the 52nd Annual JOTA /JOTI (Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet) Extravaganza at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Scouts from all over North Texas are invited to share ideas and Scouting experiences with their Scouting peers around the world using two-way amateur radio and satellite links as well as the Internet.
The National Scouting Museum has been selected to be the only JOTA/JOTI location in the world that will enable local Scouts to communicate directly with NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, a former Star Scout who is currently on board the International Space Station. This communication will be relayed live to all other JOTA stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area using two-way amateur radio connection
The JOTA/JOTI annual event contributes to better understanding and mutual respect between youngsters in different countries. Thousands of amateur radio stations around the world participate.
More than 500,000 Scouts in 100 countries from Algeria to Zimbabwe participate in JOTA each year, but the Dallas-Fort Worth Scouts have the unique opportunity to communicate with U.S. astronauts in space. As part of the event, all participants will receive free museum admission, food and drink, a special JOTA patch, and a designated QSL card for the JOTA.
The event is open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and adult leaders, family, and friends.