World Scout Bureau's Memorandum
October 19./20.2013

Rationale and History

In November 1996 the World Scout Committee, noting that Scouting already had a considerable presence on the Internet, and that there was already an informal and rapidly growing Jamboree on the Internet, decided that JOTI should become an official international Scouting event, and that it should be held on the same weekend as the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).

Therefore, the World Scout Jamboree on the Internet is to be held on the third full weekend of October each year, starting at 00:00 hours local time on the Saturday and concluding 48 hours later at 24:00 hours local time on the Sunday.

Special Internet Jamborees may also be organized in conjunction with local, national and international Scouting events which are held at other times of the year.

When Scouting was founded in 1907, the concept of Internet was far from the imagination of Scouting's founder Lord Baden-Powell. So were many other aspects of Scouting today. While society and Scouting have changed over the years, Scouting's fundamental principles have essentially stood the test of time and they remain universal for all Scout organizations which are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouts around the world share much in common, and Scouting encourages them to use that mutual understanding as the basis for learning about each other, making friends, and building a better and more peaceful world.

The word "Jamboree" is said to have been invented by Baden-Powell as a name for an event which brings Scouts together from around the world. The first World Jamboree was in 1920 and it was a remarkable, historic, event bringing together some 8000 Scouts from 34 countries. The spirit and drive for Scouts to get together at international events has never diminished, and there are hundreds of "international" Scouting events each year. Getting together does not always require a physical presence. In 1957, the concept of the World Scout Jamboree On The Air was launched, and it has been a popular event which today involves more than half-a-million Scouts and Girl Guides who communicate with each other on the third weekend of each October by amateur radio and related technology.

In the mid 1990's the means for international electronic communication became available to virtually anyone with a computer. Scouts have been among the first to use every technological development to "get together" electronically. The spontaneous and overwhelming involvement of Scouts on the Internet is proof that it is a viable way of bringing Scouts together in ways that Baden-Powell probably would have wanted to use to the fullest.

The JOTI Web Site

Go to the JOTI Web site for the latest background and event information:

Some Characteristics of Scouting on the Internet

  • It is an economical way of communicating locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Worldwide accessibility and availability.

  • Speed of communication: It can be instantaneous or live.

  • Potential quality of communication: Scouts on the Internet can go beyond simply saying "Hi". There is potential for sharing more meaningful information, establishing friendships, improving the Scout programme, starting projects, etc.

  • Educational: The amount of useful information about Scouting available via the Internet is large and growing daily.

  • Languages: It is possible to participate in JOTI by contacting others who share your language. If someone is communicating in another language, you can use "off-line" time to more carefully compose messages.

Guidelines for organizing the World Scout JOTI

  • As there is considerable overlap in programme objectives and often the technology, the annual JOTA and JOTI should be planned (when possible) in conjunction with each other.

  • It is recommended that each national Scout Organization appoint a national coordinator for JOTI

  • Scouts are in contact worldwide with each other via Internet at any moment of every day, but the purpose of JOTI is to bring "together" as many people as possible at a specific time period with certain objectives.

  • While it is possible for an individual to sit at home alone and participate in JOTI, the emphasis of JOTI should be placed on participating in the context of Scouting: at Scouting events with groups/troops/patrols. Of course, JOTI is ideal for lone Scouts who live in remote areas.

  • JOTI activities should offer opportunities for Scouts who:

    • don't have computers

    • don't have WWW access on Internet

    • are disabled

  • JOTI may be only one element in a weekend event such as a camp or public open house, shopping mall exhibit, etc.

  • JOTI should be the opportunity for Scouts with Internet experience to share their knowledge and skills with others, using the fundamental Scouting principle of "learning by doing".

Who can participate?

JOTI is for young girls and boys who are members of national Scout organizations which are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Members of national associations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are also heartly welcome to participate.

Some "Rules"

  • It is courteous to acknowledge messages which are received.

  • If you promise to send information or exchange badges then keep your word.

  • Think before you write. Do not use language which could offend others.

  • Be cautious about giving your address or telephone number on the Internet. Instead, share a common address for all members of your scoutgroup.