Jamboree On The Air
For details regarding dates for the next Jota, please check our calendar.
When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year over half a million Scouts and Guides “get together” over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree On The Air (JOTA). Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home...
Since 1958 when the first Jamboree On The Air was held, thousands of Scouts and Guides have “met” each other through this event. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it provides also a chance to find out about other countries and about Scouting elsewhere. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between scout troops that have lasted for many years.
With no restrictions on age, on the number that can participate and at little or no expense, JOTA provides an opportunity for Scouts and Guides to contact each other by amateur radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licences and have their own stations, but the majority participates in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Today some operators even use television or computer linked communications.
The world wide Jamboree On The Air is organized to coincide with the third full weekend of October each year. The event starts at midnight local time on the Friday and concludes 48 hours later at midnight local time on the Sunday. Each station can choose its own operating hours within this period.
We have some resources which may be useful for people running a JOTA station.
Visit the World Jota site.
Visit the Australian Jota site.
Several of our members organise and run JOTA radio stations for their local Scout Group. At times we also run stations at Woodhouse and Glenelg Adventurous Activities Centre.
Contact Branch Commissioner for Radio Activities.
JOTA / JOTI Participation Report and Badge Order Form (AA1.pdf - 60KB)
JOTA / JOTI Station Report Form (AA2.pdf - 100KB)