What is JOTI?
Jamboree on the Internet, or JOTI, is an annual Jamboree for Scouts and Guides around the world held entirely online. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders from around the world chat to each other over text, via voice chat and through games such as Minecraft. This year JOTI will run from the 16-18th of October.
How do I Get Involved?
ScoutLink is one of the World Organisation of Scouting Movements recognised providers for JOTI and all of their services are moderated by volunteer Scouters from around the world. While you don’t have to use ScoutLink and could connect with Scouts via alternative sites, I would strongly recommend using it as all ScoutLink moderators have received safeguarding training.
To connect over text-based chat (IRC) go to https://webchat.scoutlink.net enter a nick (a nickname/alias) and start chatting! Moderators in this service are called ‘Operators’ and will have an @ at the start of their nick, you can contact them if you need help, or join the dedicated #help channel depending on your issue.
To connect over voice-based chat (TeamSpeak) go to https://www.scoutlink.net/teamspeak/ and follow the instructions.
To connect over Minecraft (Java Edition) go to https://www.scoutlink.net/minecraft/ and follow the instructions.
Is there a badge?
HQ sometimes design and sell a JOTI event badge on the Scout Store but I can’t see one yet, there will definitely be the ScoutLink Activity Badge, see https://www.scoutlink.net/activity-badge/ for requirements and ordering details.
JOTI can also count towards many normal badges. Here are some suggested links for each section, those in bold explicitly have participating in a JOTI as one of the optional requirements.
Beavers: International, Community Impact Staged
Cubs: Communicator, Community Impact Staged, Global Issues, International , Our World
Scouts: Communicator, Community Impact Staged, Global Issues, International Activity Badge, World Challenge Badge
Explorers: Community Impact Staged, Global Issues, International Activity Badge
What else should I tell my young people and their families?
It’d be wise to give them a reminder on basic internet safety, you’d be surprised how many young people start giving out their full names, Instagram accounts, phone numbers etc. Moderators do keep an eye out for people asking for or sharing personal information but it’s great for the scouts to be aware of their own safety as well. You should also ask them to take a look at the ScoutLink rules and the ScoutLink safety guidance.
Is there a leaders only room?
Yes, there is channel on the webchat called #leaders that is intended for leaders only, this tends to be a relatively quiet channel but can provide fantastic opportunities to connect with groups around the world to keep in touch with outside of JOTI.
All of the ScoutLink services are online all year so you can connect beforehand to have a practice if you want to. If you have any questions feel free to send them to me at email@example.com and I’d be more than happy to help.
James Seden Smith
ScoutLink Active Support Unit Member