JOTA / JOTI

Thanks to Mike Mahan of Pack 385 who reminded me that the Jamboree of the Air / Jamboree of the Internet is coming up October 16-18, 2009!

To participate in JOTA, you will need to find a HAM radio club near you. They will help you set up a station and will be present throughout your on air time as you contact Scouts from around the world via short-wave and exchange information about your Scouting programs!

JOTI takes place online, usually using Internet Relay Chat, and will also help you exchange information with Scouts around the world. You can do this in your own home, or by working with a nearby school so your whole unit can participate.

In both cases, you will talk to other Scouts and exchange usernames for the weekend which allow you to print “contact cards.” In the picture you can see the final project I put together with my sons showing where all of the places we talked to in 2008. This was not only a cool lesson in Scouting (we had several Scouts follow up with us for several months afterward as they worked on Badges that required international contacts) but was a great lesson in geography and communications (and safety as I tried to control what information we shared and why it was important not to share TOO much.)

More information is available on the International Committee page:
http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/index.php/subcommittees/international/

And a flyer has been posted to the Events page:
http://foxriverbsa.org/blog/index.php/events/

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