Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet last took place on Friday October 16th until October 18th, 2020. (with a Special Edition JOTI event also held April 3rd to 5th, 2020)
Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet will next take place on Friday October 15th and Sunday October 18th, 2021.
What is Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet?
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 center.
JOTA started in 1958 (with the World JOTA Bureau located right here in Ottawa, Canada), making this year's event the 63RD annual JOTA. 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 over a million Scouts and Guides without having to leave your own community!
How do I get started?
The National JOTA/JOTI Team is developing resources to help you join the JOTA/JOTI experience or make your event better! Resources available include:
- A Getting Started Guide for JOTA and JOTI (download it below)
- Scouts Canada national JOTA/JOTI crest available
- Participation Cards for all your youth and Scouters who participate
- Resources for games, activities, and Internet safety (download below)
If you are interested in or planning to participate in JOTI or JOTA within Canada, please register now so, we can keep track of participation as well as send you resources you can use.
The following downloads are available:
- the Scouts Canada JOTA Guide
- the Scouts Canada JOTI Guide
- a one-page Quick Reference to use at your event
- the JOTI Chat Safety and Etiquette Guide
- some Communication Themed Games for JOTI/JOTA or weekly meetings
- a Morse Code information and activity sheet
- and a Scout Radio Station sign for your event - print it on 11"x17" paper
Download these now and use them on JOTA/JOTI weekend!
For more information, e-mail the National JOTA/JOTI Coordinator.