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Minecraft during JOTA-JOTI

JOTA-JOTI 2016 is just around the corner, and while there are many ways you can connect during JOTA-JOTI, Minecraft is probably the newest and most intriguing addition to the list.

What is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a game all about mining and placing blocks. There are different types of blocks that you can craft into anything you can imagine. There are ores hidden in the ground that contain diamonds, gold, and more. There are different types of mobs from pigs and sheep which provide useful resources, to skeletons and creepers which you can fight. All of this takes place inside endless, unique worlds with a variety of terrains called biomes, such as jungle and savanna.

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At ScoutLink, we have a whole team dedicated to developing and maintaining our own Minecraft servers, and making sure it is a fun and safe place to play and connect with Scouts and Guides from around the world. There are different ‘worlds’ available with each providing a different style of play.

The first world is Creative where the users are in creative mode and have unlimited resources. The world is split up into ‘plots’ that users can claim. Once claimed, they can build anything they can think of using their imagination.

The second world is Survival where the users are in survival mode. Resources are limited and the user has to protect themselves and stay alive. Monsters will attack, the weather will change, and health will drop as the user gets hungry. Survival is a very exciting world to play in!

The third world is City which is an attempt to plan and build a city with an aim of being as realistic as possible. Users earn their place on our building team by proving that they can build to a realistic standard. This is a very rewarding world to be a part of, and interesting for spectators to watch progress on the city!

Other worlds will include a variety of games such as SkyWars. We are always open to suggestions for new games.

Minecraft during JOTA-JOTI

The ScoutLink Minecraft Team are busy preparing for JOTA-JOTI and are making sure there is plenty to do throughout the weekend. You can expect to see minigames spotted all over the server, dedicated game worlds, including SkyWars, and chances to win ScoutLink badges. There will always be members of the Minecraft Team online throughout JOTA-JOTI to help you out if you don’t know what to do next!

Logging in is simple: just choose as your Minecraft server, or visit for more information.


Minecraft facilities are provided for JOTA-JOTI by ScoutLink.
ScoutLink is a JOTA-JOTI Trusted Partner.




Conversations, not just contacts

Updated: 14 October 2017

JamPuz is about conversations, not just contacts

JamPuz is a key part of JOTA-JOTI.  Whether you are taking part in JOTA-JOTI over the internet or over the airwaves (or both) you can use JamPuz to bring an added dimension to your JOTA-JOTI weekend.

photo: contacts on a map

The objective of JamPuz is for young people to have conversations with a wide range of people.  As part of the conversation they exchange a “JID” code.  The JID code (or JamPuz ID) is a unique identifier for the location.  The code gives information on the WOSM region and a code for the country.


During the course of the weekend the JID codes are collected on a log sheet. There are a series of sheets to complete.  This involves recording the conversations and JID exchanges with people from a variety of regions of the world, and from a variety of countries.  In addition there are other elements of the JID to collect.

We are keen to stress that JamPuz is about conversations with other people.  In the past we have seen very brief contacts when an individual asks for a JID and then moves on to someone else.  JamPuz is not a speed challenge to make as many brief contacts as possible, it is about conversations.  We would like JIDs to be exchanged as part of a conversation.  Leaders are asked to convey this to their young people during JOTA-JOTI.

The JID codes are issued to each registered location – JIDs are allocated to locations, not to individual participants.  That means that people taking part in JOTA-JOTI at the same location will all be using the same JID.  The JID code will be issued to the contacts completing the sign-up (or registration) process.  Some national organisations operate a national registration system; this does not constitute registration with the World JOTA-JOTI Team and so will not lead to being issued a JID.   All JOTA-JOTI locations are urged to sign-up with the World JOTA-JOTI Team so that they can be issued with a JID and also receive other JOTA-JOTI information.

If you have not taken part in JamPuz before, then why not include it within your JOTA-JOTI weekend this year?

Further information on JamPuz is available at


Image of 2017 JamPuz documents


Get ready for JOTA-JOTI with ScoutLink

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Don’t forget that you can use ScoutLink all year – it will be very busy during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.

Now would be a good time to take a look at the ScoutLink system, software and apps.


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