2018 JOTA-JOTI Theme

Life on Land — United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

In 2008 the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) launched the World Scout Environment Programme. Since that time Scouts across the world have completed thousands of environment related projects and earned the World Scout Environment Badge.

Ten years later, at the 9th session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, WOSM and UN Environment renewed their partnership. WOSM’s Secretary General, Ahmed Alhendawi stated:

World Scouting’s focus on the environment not only reflects the Movement’s own values and its goal of creating active citizens, but also its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and to strengthening our World Scout Environment Programme to create a bigger impact.

That commitment was also a focus at the 41st World Scout Conference in Baku in August 2017. Isabelle Deufresne Lienar, National Youth Coordinator from Canada, said:

SDGs are intrinsically linked to all the values of Scouting, maybe the mission, the promise, maybe the things we say everyday, what we do – Creating a better world! A better world is a world where the SDGs are attained. So, if we want to contribute to that, we already have the end of the equation, we just have to create everything before the equation that needs to be there in order to create a better world.

Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

With the background above and WOSM’s enduring commitment it is only natural that Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet, the world’s largest Scouting event, would focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and support the movement to build global citizens.

Whilst JOTA-JOTI is primarily a weekend conversation between Scouts, the activities and projects initiated during that weekend, can launch on-going efforts and serve to develop all aspects for global citizenship among Scouts.

JOTA-JOTI 2018 Theme

The JOTA-JOTI selected theme for 2018 is Life on Land — United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15. It is defined as: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

We are now starting to develop activities for JOTA-JOTI weekend that support this theme. We welcome your participation and contributions.

To get you started in the right direction, we’ve identified the following online resources that may prove helpful in your efforts.

JOTA-JOTI Activities Submission

Forward your Suggested JOTA-JOTI activities to jotajoti@scout.org

For this year’s activities, the deadline is 1 September 2018.


2018 JOTA-JOTI logo and theme….at HamRadio Friedrichshafen

The annual logo for this year’s JOTA-JOTI event will be presented at a special place this year: the international amateur-radio convention HamRadio in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The World JOTA-JOTI Team is present at HamRadio, together with a group of volunteers, to present the youth radio adventure and promote the radio-scouting activities for an audience of radio amateurs and authorities from many different countries.

Only Scouting radio-amateurs visiting HamRadio are invited to attend the “Radio-Scout meet”
in Halle A1 of the Friedrichshafen Messe,
Friday 1 June
16:00 – 17:00 local time (or 14:00 – 15:00 GMT)

The Radio-Scouting stand is at location A1-736, the largest stand in the centre of the Hall.

Hannu Rättö and Richard Middelkoop of the WOSM team will reveal how the JOTA-JOTI logo looks like for 2018 and what the annual theme is. If the infrastructure allows, we will live stream the presentation over the JOTA-JOTI Facebook page.

Details of HamRadio are available at: http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/ham-en/index.php

Top 10 Challenges and Activities During 2017 Weekend

Here’s the Top 10* Challenges and Activities from JOTA-JOTI weekend in 2017:

  1. John Bont
  2. Morse Code
  3. Scouts Exploring the World
  4. The Lab
  5. SMS Text Art
  6. CD Signaling
  7. Your Space Ship
  8. Free Style
  9. Make Your Goldberg Machine
  10. Mood Texting

Of course, JamPuz was the biggest activity during the weekend. But the top 10 above also offered a great deal of fun for Scouts around the world.

Each of these Challenges and Activities are something to think about as you pull your plans together for JOTA-JOTI 2018 – Mark Your Calendars 19 to 20 October 2018.

For some fun, check out the 35th Ossies Scouts and their 2017 JOTA-JOTI Goldberg Machine at this link on Twitter https://twitter.com/35thossies/status/921861253076840451

Here’s another one from 2016. What can your group do for 2018?

* This ranking was based on the number of web page views for each during the JOTA-JOTI weekend (19-23 October 2017).

JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide 2018

We’ve updated the JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide for 2018. You can find it at JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide on this website. Or click on the cover image nearby.

We’ve also updated the JOTA-JOTI Purpose Statement and the JOTA-JOTI Description. This was one of the first steps outlined in our action plan to increase participation to 3 million by 2021. That action plan was developed in our workshop in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year. You can read about the workshop at JOTA-JOTI on to the next level.

Here’s our updated Purpose Statement and Description:


Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) is a fun and exciting annual experience for all young people in Scouting using the widest range of technology communication channels to educate, promote cultural awareness, develop tolerance, as well as enhance sharing, collaboration and teamwork, along with building a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement. It is a “travel-free” Jamboree that takes place wherever you are in the world.

JOTA-JOTI Description

Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet promotes a Scout’s sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement and builds cultural awareness, develops tolerance, advocates sharing and collaboration as well as demonstrates teamwork.

It provides exciting opportunities for young people to explore technology and to develop technical skills including fostering innovation and creativity through communicating with other Scouts. A wide range of activities using communication technology are the chief methods of attaining these goals.

JOTA-JOTI strives for a meaningful engagement of as many young people from as many parts of the world as possible annually on the third weekend in October. This weekend is also an occasion to celebrate Scouting and to generate positive energy to support the development of the Scout Movement.

The event seeks to promote quality Scouting in a manner faithful to the purpose, principles and method of Scouting and consistent with the needs and aspirations of young people in today’s world.

The JOTA-JOTI programme shall be a reflection of the Promise, Law, Principles and Method of Scouting, as defined by the WOSM Constitution, and shall also reflect the most up-to-date policies and initiatives of WOSM relating to youth programme for all ages.

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