Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet will be held Oct. 19 and 20, 2013. JOTA and JOTI are annual World Scouting events that provide an opportunity for Scouts to communicate with one other around the world.
Last year, JOTA worldwide participation reached just short of 700,000 Scouts operating from more than 13,500 amateur radio stations, operated by 22,500 amateur radio operators across 142 countries. JOTI had almost 16,000 Scouts and leaders registered in the worldwide JOTA-JOTI database in 146 countries.
Through JOTA, Scouts use radio technology to talk with one another and share information that broadens their perspective on other cultures, on geography, and on the technology and hobby that provides the means for their communication.
Commissioners are encouraged to reach out to local amateur radio clubs and get their council involved in the largest Scouting event in the world. If you need help identifying ham radio clubs in your community, contact Jim Wilson, national JOTA organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for a list. Additionally, you can find more information at the JOTA page.
JOTI uses the Internet to allow Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world and share more information than just “Hi.” The exchanges can include such information as name, location of event, Scout rank, age, and hobbies. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships.