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Remember to sign up for JOTA–JOTI 2023

Date: 27th Jul 2023 Author: Jon Nutten

It’s not long until Scouts around the world will be tuning into JOTA–JOTI 2023 for a weekend of activities, friendship and connection . Now’s the time to register your group to join in the fun.

JOTA-JOTI stands for Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). It’s organised by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

It’s the world’s largest digital and radio Scout event, taking place online and over the air.

JOTA-JOTI is the perfect opportunity to meet Scouts from over 172 countries. Scouts can learn about new cultures and take part in activities that promote friendship and citizenship.

The best bit is that it’s completely free to sign up and take part.

Three young people in baseball caps, yellow t-shirts and red neckers are stood in front of a radio deck. There are microphones attached to the deck and a screen to the left.

Everything you need to know about JOTA–JOTI

This year JOTA-JOTI will be taking place from Friday 20 October to Sunday 22 October 2023.

The event’s open to anyone and is for all ages.

Scout Sections and Groups join in either on the internet or over amateur radios. They get involved in lots of activities and learn about each other’s countries.

You can even use the event to work towards your International Activity badgesGlobal Issues Activity badgesCommunicator Activity badges or World Challenge Award.

Whether you’re waving to new faces on a screen or hearing the airwaves crackling in the background, there’s something for all Scouts to enjoy.

Did you know? JOTA’s first event was in 1958, so it’s been running for over 60 years. JOTI joined JOTA in 1997 and JOTA-JOTI was born. One year some lucky Scouts from Norfolk made radio contact with the International Space Station!

Top tip

Try to find out if there’s a local or national event you can take your group to. Or, if you want to run your own event, see if there’s any local support available, such as through your local Scouts area or from a local amateur radio station.

How to sign up for JOTA–JOTI

If you’re keen to take part, make sure you register in time. To sign up, visit the JOTA–JOTI website. You can register as a Scout Section or Group, or you can find a local Scout group running an event you can join.

Young people over 13 can register individually, too. However, they need to make sure they inform their parents or carers and they know how to take part in the event safely.

If you’ve got a few questions about the event, visit our Scouts JOTA–JOTI webpage for more tips, advice and FAQs. You can also take a look at the official JOTA–JOTI website.

There’s a JOTA–JOTI Facebook group, where you can connect with other people taking part. You can also get support from the UK JOTA Coordinator and the UK JOTI Coordinator. Get in touch with them via email on jota@scouts.org.uk and joti@scouts.org.uk

The Amateur Radio Scout Active Support Unit can also offer support. They exist to support Groups, Districts, Counties, Areas and Regions, as well as Scout events of all sizes, with running amateur radio and electronics based activities. They’ve a special focus on helping with JOTA stations across the country.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls