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Jamboree On The Air - JOTA

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Scouts around the world share much in common, and Scouting encourages them to use that mutual understanding as the basis for learning about each other, making friends, and building a better and more peaceful world. The word "Jamboree" is said to have been invented by Baden-Powell as a name for an event which brings Scouts together from around the world. The first World Jamboree was in 1920, and it was a remarkable, historic, event bringing together some 8,000 Scouts from 34 countries. The spirit and drive for Scouts to get together at international events has never diminished, and there are hundreds of "international" Scouting events each year. Getting together does not always require a physical presence. In 1957, the concept of the World Scout Jamboree On The Air was launched, and it has been a popular event that today involves more than 500,000 Scouts and Girl Guides who communicate with each other on the third weekend of each October by amateur radio and related technology.

Who can participate?

JOTA is for young girls and boys who are members of national Scout organizations that are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Members of national associations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts also participate.

Wikipedia Description of JOTA

For an overview of JOTA within the context of the World Scout Jamboree click read more...

JOTA Resources on the National BSA Site

The National Council has provided an extensive library of information designed specifically to support the 2011 JOTA event. You will find fact sheets, participant certificates, station registration, tips on best practices, and much more. Visit JOTA at National BSA...

JOTA at World Scouting

The World Organization of the Scout Movement also maintains JOTA information on their website. Visit JOTA at World Scouting...

K2BSA Radio

K2BSA is the amateur radio station of the Boy Scouts of America National office. K2BSA operates at many Scouting events and at several JOTA locations each year. It is also the radio station of the National Jamboree. Visit K2BSA...

World Scout Nets

Licensed Scouts meet weekly and monthly on the air using short wave radios. Read more...

The World Scout Net operated on August 6, 2011 at 3 PM Pacific Daylight Time during the closing evening of the 2011 World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. Read more...

World Scouting Frequencies

Amateur radio bands have been designated as frequencies where Scouts can meet to exchange radio station information. Read more...

SJ22S Radio at the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden

SJ22S at World Jamboree

SJ22S was the amateur radio station of the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden in August 2011. Amateur radio stations have been set up at each World Scout Jamboree since 1957. They provide a live link from the Jamboree to the home countries of the participants directly over short-wave radio. For many years this was the only direct contact a Scout could have back home during the World Jamboree.

From July 27 to August 7, 2011, the 22nd World Scout Jamboree was on the air on station SJ22S. The station offered an exciting radio-scouting program and workshops to Jamboree participants. The latest camp news was available through the operators and scouts manning the station.

The SJ22S website was very active during the World Scout Jamboree providing the VHF camp frequency, their six operating positions, and their operating frequencies during the World Scout Jamboree. Visit SJ22S >>

The World Scout Jamboree radio stations provide a glimpse of the Jamboree live to other Scouts world-wide as part of the Join-in-Jamboree program. The station team also runs daily programs for the Scouts on the Jamboree site. For many Scouts, this is their first encounter with short-wave radio.

You could see the actual operating Jamboree radio frequencies live on the QRZ.COM web site during the World Scout Jamboree. An electronic plot chart provided a map showing world coverage, and web cams provided live views of the station operators. As a special feature during the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, you could speak live to World Scout Bureau staff via a direct, on-site link to the World Scout Centre. Read more...

JOTA at past World Scout Jamborees

To see the JOTA patches for each World Scout Jamboree since 1957, click read more...

The 54th JOTA 2011 - October 15 and 16, 2011

The 54th Jamboree On The Air took place on October 15th and 16th, 2011. The theme was: Peace, Environment and Natural Disasters. JOTA focuses on the strength of Scouting: to act and support in unforeseen circumstances. Scouts are prepared. Read more...

Radio Scouting Library

Do you want to prepare for JOTA at the World Jamboree or for the next JOTA in October? Are you trying to figure out how to communicate with Scouts who speak other languages? Are you looking for tools to help you program your equipment? The Radio Scouting Library has what you need. Read more...

JOTA Brochure

Display and print the JOTA brochure as a reminder and convenient reference for your Scouts. Display and print brochure...

Be Courteous, Honest, Polite, and Cautious

  • It is courteous to acknowledge messages that you receive.
  • If you promise to send information or exchange patches or badges, then keep your word.
  • Think before you speak. Do not use language which could offend others.
  • Be cautious about giving anyone your address or telephone number. Instead, share a common address for all members of your scout unit.


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