The 55th Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) and 16th Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) will be held October 20-21, 2012. Through JOTA, Scouts are introduced to radio technology and get to talk to other Scouts worldwide.
Last year JOTA saw 750,000 Scouts operating from more than 6,000 amateur radio stations across 150 countries. Ham radio contacts included several with Mike Fossum, a ham radio astronaut, on the International Space Station. Several JOTA events offered foxhunting—amateur radio direction finding used to locate hidden transmitters, a fantastic outdoor Scouting activity. JOTI utilizes computers and Internet so thousands of Scout groups worldwide can be contacted.
Schedule a JOTA or JOTI during camporees or other troop, district, council events which allows a wide range of Scouts to participate. For more JOTA information, visit www.scouting.org/jota. For questions about JOTI, contact National JOTI Organizer Greg White at firstname.lastname@example.org.