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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.

 

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 https://www.k2bsa.net/world-jamboree-staff-qualification/ 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 https://www.k2bsa.net/world-jamboree-na1wj/ Click on the image to see the overview of the planned operation.

Thanks for your interest in serving on staff.

 

To the Moon and Back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

For JOTA-JOTI 2016 we posted four Advanced Discovery Projects. One of those, To the Moon and Back, has now been published by Science in School, The European journal for science teachers.

The editors at Science in School have made several significant improvements. You can find the full article at this link

To the Moon and back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

You can also download a PDF file of the article.

Congratulations, Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, World JOTA-JOTI Team Leader for taking this project to the next level and sharing it with so many for the advancement of science in the schools — and in Scouting.

Here’s something for you to try during JOTA-JOTI weekend, or any time that works for your schedule as well as the Moon’s schedule!

Amateur Radio from the USA National Scout Jamboree

As we noted in our post Radio-active this season, there are many national Scout camps on the air this summer. One of those is K2BSA from the USA National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. They will be on the air from 19 to 27 July.

You can see the frequencies, modes, and planned operations at Amateur Radio—Live From the Jamboree.

They also plan to launch an amateur radio high altitude balloon on 20 July. You can learn more about the launch and find links to track the balloon at Jamboree Balloon Tracking. Please note that the links presently shown on that page will not be active until the balloon launches.

You can follow updates during the Jamboree on their social media pages: Facebook and Twitter.

Radio-active this season?

The coming months several large (inter)national Scout camps are held. Equipped with an amateur radio station to make direct contact with Scouts around the globe.

Listen out for them on the World Scout Frequencies, make a contact (and get the special QSL card).

Here’s what we know so far:

30 June – 7 July, LA2SS, Norwegian National Jamboree Nord2017, Bodø, Norway. Skeds: la4mia@nrrl.no

9 – 15 July, VE17JAM, Canadian Scout Jamboree, Nova Scotia, Canada,. Skeds: adunn@scouts.ca

18 – 28 July,  LX4GO, GoUrban 2017, Luxemburg City, Luxemburg. Skeds: lx4go@gourban.lu

18 – 30 July, AN8JAM, National Jamboree, Valleseco  Gran Canaria, Spain. Skeds: vubetar@gmail.com

19 – 28 July, K2BSA, BSA National Jamboree, Summit Bechtel Reserve W-Virginia, USA. Skeds: Jim@K5ND.net

21 – 28 July, 5H3TSA and 5H100JAM, Commemorating 100 years of Scouting in Tanzania.

26 July – 5 August, DP9S, Bundeslager Estonteco, Großzerlang, Germany. Skeds: pa5ul@amsat.org

27 July – 3 August, TF15MOOT, World Scout Moot, Ulfjotsvatn, Iceland. Skeds: PE1MEW@gmail.com

30 July – 5 August, CR6CNE, CNE’s national camp, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal. Skeds: dnr@escutismo.pt

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