A special edition of JOTI is on 3-5 April 2020.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is an annual event that occurs on the 3rd weekend in October each year. This special edition of the largest digital jamboree, hosted by the World Association of the Scout Movement (WOSM), will allow Guides and Scouts from around the world to connect to others, learn new skills, and build new friendships. JOTI will foster teamwork and intercultural interaction while enhancing safe social engagement and wellbeing.
Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) is safely accessed through the Scout-operated Internet chat rooms such as ScoutLink as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, Skype, webpages and blogs, and even Minecraft. For the special edition, Girl Guides can access JOTI as individuals from the comfort of their own home.
Girl Guides Australia’s Facebook Page and ScoutLink have some great tips on how to engage with JOTI safely, and how to get the most fun out of the weekend!
Rules and Safety
ScoutLink has lots of good information for you to read before you join:
Your online name
You will need to choose a ‘nickname’ to use while online, which will be visible to everyone you chat with. Choose something you can remember that is not your real full name. It could be a nickname plus an animal, or an animal and a colour, or just about anything! Write it down somewhere so that you can use it again and again over the weekend.
Decide when you can join in
JOTI runs across three days (Friday 3 April to Sunday 5 April), and will be attended by people all over the world across lots of different time-zones.
You need adult supervision, so ask your parent or guardian when will be a good time to go online together.
What are you going to ‘say’?
You will be connecting with other Guides and Scouts from around Australia, and all over the world. What do you want to know about them? See below for some suggested topics of conversation:
- What is their favourite Guide/Scout activity?
- Do they like singing campfire songs? (maybe you can sing some together!)
- How are they engaging with Guides/Scouts while unable to meet face-to-face?
- What’s their favourite subject at school?
- What do they like to do on the weekends?
- What’s the favourite colour? food? animal?
- What is their town/state/region/country famous for?
DO NOT share your full name, where you go to school or where you live, where your Guide Unit meets, your email address, or any other social media contact details.
ScoutLink has some fun activities to use while ‘chatting’.
How to join
There are instructions on ScoutLink’s website on how to join in on all the fun!
Don’t forget to tell your Unit about your JOTI experience the next time you ‘meet’!