Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, and Jamboree-on-the-Internet, or JOTI are held annually the third full weekend in October. There are no official hours, so you have the whole weekend to make contacts. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. JOTI uses Internet-enabled devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Over 1.5 million Scouts and leaders participate in the program annually, representing more than 160 countries!
Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturers.
Contact a local ham radio operator or a local amateur radio club. You can find a searchable database of clubs at www.arrl.org/find-a-club . This website is operated by the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, which is cooperating closely with the BSA on JOTA and many other activities.
Your local club may be able to direct you to its planned JOTA activities. These can include ham stations set up at camporees or other events. Or, if there are no planned activities, you can either work with them to get something set up or arrange to visit a local radio operator’s ham shack at a scheduled time to participate in JOTA.
JOTI is an easy way to participate in the event, simply register at https://www.jotajoti.info/ and you will receive all of the information on how to participate.
Your local Scout unit may want to set up one location to participate as a group.