Guess what?

Here we offer a “sneak-preview” of the logo for the 2018 JOTA-JOTI event. (The full logo, in colour, will be published soon).
What about the annual theme?
Can you guess this year’s theme? What is your most original guess?
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Scout Amateur Radio staff at the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

To those Scout leaders interested in serving as programme staff (IST) at the Amateur Radio station of the Jamboree, please find below the steps to make yourself know to the Jamboree Organization.


Selection steps (to be completed  before 1 August 2018 please)

  • Candidates must ensure that they are registered with their National Jamboree contingent as IST (sorry, no exceptions).
  • In the IST registration forms that your contingent receives from the Jamboree organization, mark “Amateur Radio” as the area you apply for.
  • Next, please follow this link and provide the information we need to review your application to serve on staff.

That’s it !

Completing the form does not ensure a place on the amateur radio staff. It’s merely one step among many.

The final selection will take a while. The Jamboree programme details are being worked on, as well as the staff quota that will be allocated to the programme area.

We will also use the email you provide to keep you updated on progress in staff selection as well as the development of the amateur radio operation.

You can find out more about the operation at Click on the image to see the overview of the planned operation.

Thanks for your interest in serving on staff.


JOTA-JOTI on to the next level

The World JOTA-JOTI Team met at the World Scout Bureau in Kuala Lumpur early February for our annual meeting. The team is led by Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, from the Netherlands. Team members include: Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG, from Finland; Ali Al-Mamari, A41RV, from Oman; Philip Bird from the United Kingdom; and Jim Wilson, K5ND, from the USA. Also attending this year’s meeting were Peter Blatch, World Scout Committee liaison for JOTA-JOTI and  Stephen Peck, World Scout Bureau Director of World Events.

The team spent one day evaluation the event, finishing the annual report of 2017 and arranging some practical details for 2018. As part of the implementation of the WOSM Triennial Plan 2017-2020, the following two days, a workshop was held to explore future directions of the JOTA-JOTI event and activities. Members of the current JOTA-JOTI team met with an invited group of eight representatives of National Scout Organisations, who joined with staff from the World Scout Bureau and the liaison person from the World Scout Committee to suggest future directions for the annual JOTA-JOTI activity.

An inspiring two-day session followed with an in-depth look at the event, its relevance for World Scouting and ways to raise it to the next level in the near future. Building onto our strategy paper produced last year with the main themes “promote and encourage”,” changing the profile,  and “innovative educational methods”.

The workshop suggested avenues to support greater involvement of young people in the JOTA-JOTI weekend, to achieve a target of 3 million registered attendees involved by 2021 and available to as many young people as possible throughout the world.

A suggested Action Plan was developed. Specific areas proposed include a realignment of the JOTA-JOTI brand;  enhance the educational framework of the activity including using theme driven, relevant educational activities each year linked to external specialist partners; having one centralised platform for JOTA-JOTI activities inside the ecosystem;  encouraging group and individual registrations using a simplified process;  building more effective ‘safe from harm’ mechanisms throughout the entire process; greater feedback processes; collecting data to validate the event; creating increased partnerships with external NGOs and corporate supporters; having ambassadors in regions and NSOs to promote and support implementation to achieve targets; and linking the event to other major global events where possible such as World Jamborees.

For the short term, the first results will become visible soon: the 2018 sign-up system will be simplified, possibly including a smartphone App,  the role of National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator will be transformed into a JOTA-JOTI Ambassador position and several event promotion actions will follow.  The World JOTA-JOTI Team will skip the annual logo competition this year to free resources for the other activities. (not to worry, the 2018 JOTA-JOTI will have a theme and logo, which will be announced soon).

Stay tuned to our blog and web site for more news soon.

JOTA-JOTI 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report for Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet is available at this link or click on the cover image below.

Total participants numbered nearly 1.6 million with over 28,000 locations involved across 152 active countries.

Read the full report to gain insight into all aspects of the weekend from the number of participants, to modes and services used, to detailed country reports provided by National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators.

We can’t wait to see what the 2018 event brings. Mark your calendars for 19 to 21 October 2018.


Len Jarret, VE3MYF, silent key

Dear friends in Scouting,
With sadness we inform you that the former World JOTA Organizer, Len F. Jarrett, has gone home on 15 December 2017 at the age of 96 years.
Len F. Jarrett, VE3MYF, was the Director of Administration of the World Scout Bureau for nearly 30 years, serving in England, Canada and Switzerland as the Bureau changed location. He resigned as a full-time employee in 1981 and has subsequently been employed, on a part-time basis, as a consultant, working from his home in Canada and making periodic trips back to Geneva for another three years. After that, he worked on JOTA in a volunteer capacity. Len Jarrett received the Bronze Wolf Award in 1973.
He has been involved in the Jamboree-On-The-Air from its inception and has acted as World JOTA Organizer from the 2nd JOTA in 1959 until the 31st JOTA in 1988.
Len has literally built the JOTA from an idea to the world-wide event it is today. He made a difference to us all.

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