Jamboree on the Air / Jamboree on the Internet
Source: Scouts Canada
The Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses Amateur Radio to link Scouts around the world, around Canada, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby Amateur Radio shack, Scout meeting place, camp or community centre.
JOTA started in 1958 (with the World JOTA Bureau located right here in Ottawa, Canada). In 1997, communicating through the Internet was added, and this was called Jamboree on the Internet or JOTI for short. Both annual events are sanctioned and sponsored by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. In short, it's the best way to talk to half a million Scouts and Guides without having to leave your own community!
JOTA-JOTI is the largest Scouting event in the world with over 1 million Scouts participating across 150+ countries. The event is held each year on the third weekend of October and this year it is being held from October 21-22.
This is the official World Organization of the Scout Movement’s website for JOTA-JOTI.
60th JOTA: October 21-22, 2017
Jamboree on the Air provides the opportunity for millions of Scouts around the world to meet on the air via Amateur Radio. Get ready for the 60th year of this annual on-the-air event!
What is JOTA?
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Girl Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million – the largest Scouting event in the world.
Modern technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without leaving home. JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves.
Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio. The radio stations are operated by Amateur Radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold Amateur Radio Operator Certificates and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some operators use television or computer-linked communications.
For more information visit:
Scouts Canada JOTA website: http://www.scouts.ca/ca/jota-joti
Scouts Canada dedicated JOTA website: http://www.jota-joti.ca/