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Jamboree on the Air (JOTA)

Relatively few Scouts are lucky enough to attend a World Jamboree. These jamborees only take place every four years, and they are often held very far from Canada. A Jamboree on the Air costs almost nothing, doesn’t limit the number who can take part and can be enjoyed by almost any Scouting member without leaving their neighbourhood.

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  • When is JOTA held? How can you find out?
  • How can you arrange access to a shortwave radio for the event?
  • What do you know about shortwave radio etiquette? How can you find out more?
  • What would you like the world to know about your Scout Troop?
  • What would you like to learn about Scouting in other parts of the world?


  • Arrange access to a shortwave radio and take part in Jamboree on the Air!
  • Usually, thousands of stations in over 70 countries take part in JOTA each year. It’s possible to contact a fairly large number of them. Often, contact is made with members in very remote parts of the world.


  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • What did others want to know about Canada and Scouting?
  • With what parts of the world did you make contact?
  • How did you feel before, during and after this adventure?
  • What would you do differently next time?

Keep it Simple

  • Sometimes, the hardest part of Jamboree on the Airwaves is getting on the air! Finding a radio to use might be challenging, so why not use something you do have access to, like the internet? Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is an event that runs the same weekend as JOTA – why not try getting involved with JOTI?

Take it Further

  • Getting access to a shortwave radio might be challenging for some Groups. Partner with a local amateur radio group and put on a JOTA event for your community! Learn about how to use the radio and invite other nearby Scouting Groups to join you!