Radio Scouting covers amateur radio, electronics and computers. And with the Scouting program covering tradition and technology, Radio Scouting is a perfect opportunity to incorporate these activities into any Section meeting or activity or as part of a Section's Award Scheme plans.
The principle Radio Scouting events are the Jamboree of the Air (JOTA) and the Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI).
Who Can Do It? Radio Scouting is available to all members of the Movement and everyone is welcome to participate in JOTA and JOTI
When Can I Do This? JOTA and JOTI are held on the third full weekend in October each year. They will be held on 19th & 20th October 2013.
JOTA and JOTI These worldwide Scouting events attract well over half a million participants every year, making it the largest single event on the Scouting calendar. It is also the only International event in which all sections take part simultaneously.
JOTA Badges JOTA Badges need to be pre-ordered from the Sydney North Region Office. If you are holding a JOTA event then you need to order these at least before the end of June. No badges can be ordered after the event.
JOTI JOTI makes use of local Amateur Radio Operators to provide two-way communication with other Scout and Guide Groups around the world. JOTI uses the Internet and various communications technologies such as web sites, email, instant messaging, internet relay chat, video and more. The primary chat network used for JOTI is ScoutLink. This is a special worldwide chat network run by Scouts for Scouts, with security-enforced servers. ScoutLink is considered to be very safe and the conversation on the channels is open, friendly and polite. Go to www.scoutlink.net for more information. ScoutLink is online every day of the year.
Region Radio JOTA at Narrabeen Lakes Sydney North Region and the Guides' Northern Beaches Region will hold a JOTA/JOTI Camp at a venue in the Narrabeen area, from Friday evening, 18th October through to Sunday 20th October 2013. This is a great fun weekend camp, where both Guides and Scouts join together as mixed groups to participate in various activities. The Manly Warringah Radio Society will provide radios and operators for radio communications. A network of about 20 computers will be available for Internet Chat and web browsing. Chat to Scouts and Guides all over the world.
Day visitors are also welcome. This is an ideal introduction to JOTA for Cub scouts and Junior Guides. Day visitors get to make a special electronic badge, and try out the radios and computers. Bookings open in June, check here for Booking Forms and an information pack.
Host your own JOTA/JOTI activity Any groups or districts intending to host their own radio base at their halls, on camps, or wherever, are asked to register with the Region Radio Coordinator, Glenn Satchell, so that support, and base acknowledgement can be set up. This should be done as soon as your planning is underway. Remember to pre-order your JOTA badges from the Region Office prior to the end of June. No badges can be ordered after the event.
JOTI @ Home Did you know you can participate in JOTI at home, school or work if you have a computer and an Internet connection? Download the software for free from the Official JOTI web site, http://joti.org or use your favourite IRC client. Scoutlink in online 365 days of the year.