The 54th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and 15th Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) will take place on 15 and 16 October 2011.

This year's theme is: Peace, Environment and Natural Disasters.

An exciting activity that focuses on the strength of Scouting: to act and support in unforeseen circumstances. Scouts are prepared.

More on JOTA (Radio): http://scout.org/information_events/events/jota/the_54th_jota_2011  

and for the Radio Scouts amongst you: http://www.radio-scouting.org.uk/

More on JOTI (Internet): http://scout.org/en/information_events/events/joti

==== JOTA ====

How can the use of modern means of communication help save lives? How can each Scout prepare to intervene to save his or her fellowman or woman during great natural or climatic disasters? During the earthquakes and Tsunamis that affected Thailand in December 2004, Haiti last year or more recently Japan, Scouts have shown that they know how to quickly and efficiently react. Scouts are often the key contact people for professionals that work in the field, thanks to their self-sacrifice and determination; they are often in the front line during disasters that affect their immediate environment.

To act accordingly to prepare youth to be confronted to difficult circumstances and reinforce the existing partnerships with National or International Humanitarian Organizations, the National Scout Organizations are invited to organize activities in partnership with locally active NGOs which operate in these three areas (Peace, Environment and Natural Disasters).

This years JOTA activity is enjoying the specialist support of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), material made available by the International Telecommunications Union ITU and the UN Refugee Agency ( UNHCR), as well as support from various amateur radio emergency communications teams. Representatives of these organizations can be involved at the National and local group level.

Why are Scouts always there first when disaster strikes?

There are Scout groups nearly everywhere, well organized, with good contacts in the local community. The Scouts are usually trained in basic first-aid medical techniques, orienteering and they have the material that is needed to set up a temporary shelter real quick: tents, cooking material, construction material, it is all there, waiting for the next troop camp, or, yes, it can be used in case of emergency.

 

====  JOTI ====

The World Scout Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) is an international Scout Meeting on the Internet which takes places every year on the third weekend of october. This is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

During that weekend, thousands of Scouts from all over the world meet and communicate with each other over the Internet, using any technologies locally available, from web browsers to e-mail, chat programs, microphones, scanners and digital cameras. Scoutgroups can combine this event with the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), an event where Scouts can communicate with each other over radio amateur frequencies with the assistance of a local radio amateur crew.

Most of the communication takes place over E-mail and in a chat network called IRC, the Internet Relay Chat. JOTI allows you to build friendships with Scouts in other countries and to find out more about their civil and scouting life. Often, these contacts last for years and build the base for upcoming group trips and entreprises.

Since 1996, JOTI is an official WOSM event and has a permanent place on the Web Site of the World Scout Bureau. To get the full text of the World Scout Bureau's look at the website link above.