The JOTA-JOTI (Jamboree-on-the-Air, Jamboree-on-the-Internet) is Scouting’s largest online youth event promoting friendship and global citizenship. The term Jamboree refers to a large Scout camp hosted over several days, but this Jamboree is unique in that it is held entirely online and on the air.

The first Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) took place in 1958, and since then Scouts have been carrying their voices on issues they care about across the globe using amateur radio short-wave radio signals. The Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI) has been allowing young people to connect, develop friendships and have conversations about creating a better world online since 1997.

Today, JOTA-JOTI has transformed into a dynamic platform that’s both local and global and engages millions of participants over the course of 3 days. Using a mix of formats and hosted through a centralised online platform but also locally through Scout group get-togethers and activities; there’s something for everyone in the JOTA-JOTI programme. 

The event takes place virtually on every third weekend of October annually. This year’s JOTA-JOTI will take place from 16 to 18 October 2020.
Anyone over the age of 13 is welcome to join JOTA-JOTI, you don’t need to be a Scout! Those younger than 13 must participate with the presence of a trusted adult.
Of course! Anyone is welcome to join, and we encourage you to extend the invitation to young people in your network.
What kind of content can partners deliver?
Partners can participate in JOTA-JOTI in a range of ways: 
  • Live Session: host a live webinar, workshop, or talk and interact directly with young people on a topic you care about most. Live sessions are 45 minutes maximum, can be run in a variety of languages and multiple times in different time zones, and are encouraged to be interactive and curated to appeal to adolescents and young people from a range of backgrounds. Live sessions have no attendance cap and can attract anywhere from 50 to 500 participants. 
  • Examples of some of our favourite live sessions from last year are: 
    • Basics of Zero Waste, hosted by WWF
    • Learn to Programme, hosted by Epic Queen
    • Creative Solutions in Response to COVID-19, hosted by UNICEF and Shujaaz
    • Become a U-Reporter and be a Digital Ambassador for your Community, hosted by U-Report
    • Understanding COVID-19 through Wikipedia, hosted by Wikipedia
    • Online Violence: What Does it Mean and How to Prevent It, hosted by the Office of the UN SG’s Special Representative on Violence Against Children
  • Campfire Dialogue: host a small group discussion in a safe space about a topic that might be sensitive and more suitable for a smaller group. Campfire dialogues are capped at 25 participants and are co-hosted between a partner and a trained WOSM Dialogue for Peace facilitator and can also accommodate high-level guests who wish do to consultations with young people. We encourage participants to join dialogues in the language they feel most comfortable in, so facilitators able to host conversations in languages other than English are very welcome. 
  • Challenge Passport: curate a Challenge Passport of educational activities that participants can do at home throughout the weekend. Activities can be existing material or new activities special to JOTA-JOTI but should follow a non-formal education approach and be easy for anyone to do at home. Challenge Passports should be segmented by level of difficulty corresponding to age section (6-12 years old, 13-18 years old, 19-26 years old). 
  • Live Show Segment: propose a guest or educational segment to be included in one of our JOTI TV live shows throughout the weekend. JOTI TV is talk-show style production broadcast live to thousands of participants and hosted by young people. Featured segments can be anything from musical performances, interviews with special guests, live quizzes, or educational tutorials such as cooking shows or crafting how-to’s. 
  •  Examples of last year’s guest segments: 
    • Q+A with Bear Grylls
    • Interview with volunteers from the Italian Red Cross
    • 6 Phase Guided Meditation with Vishen Lakhiani
    • A message to Scouts from Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the WHO
  • Sponsor Community Service Projects: select community service projects from the Scout Donation Platform will be promoted throughout the weekend with the goal of achieving full funding to enable Scout to drive positive change in their communities. Partners are invited to fully or partially sponsor projects relating to their areas of interest. 
Partners are welcome to use any platform that works best for you, so long as it has to capacity to adhere to our Safe from Harm policy. The JOTA-JOTI website is able to redirect participants to the site of your choice, however we do have a Zoom Webinar license and are happy to schedule your live sessions there.
Your audience is primarily young people ages 13-26 who are actively engaged in their communities and curious to learn about new topics, cultures, and issues!
Most content will be delivered in English, however many participants do not speak English as their first language, so we recommend you use simple language and speak slowly. You’re also welcome to run content in French, Spanish, Arabic, or Russian. If audience participation is a big aspect of your session, we recommend you try to run it multiple times in other languages so that participants are able to engage with it in the language they’re most comfortable in.