Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)
Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) was originally a separate event to Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), but held on the same weekend. From 2014 WOSM joined the JOTA and JOTI to become one combined event. JOTI connects Scouts on the internet through Scout-operated Internet chat rooms such as ScoutLink as well as MSN, email, webpages, blogs… you can even use voice communication! You can take part in JOTI as a Group, Patrol or individually at home.
The event runs from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday local time, so due to varying time zones there will be Scouts in other countries doing JOTI before and after Australia’s own official JOTI period.
All you need to participate is a computer that’s connected to the internet. You can keep internet costs down by arranging to use a computer at a school, university or library.
Children should be supervised by adults while using the Internet. Teach young people about the importance of not disclosing identifying information, especially where they live, phone numbers, email address, etc. Scouts can use nicknames on the internet.
It's OK to say things like, "My name is Matthew (or use the nickname) and I go to Scouts at Glen Waverley in Victoria, Australia." It is NOT OK to say, "Hello my name is Harry Smith and I live at 13a Downthis St in Glen Waverley, Victoria."
ScoutLink provides supervised internet chat sites for Scouts all year round, including during JOTI.
Using ScoutLink is easy! Download the mIRC chat program for free, or jump straight into webchat (instructions are available on the ScoutLink site).
ScoutLink also has a Teamspeak server, which makes it possible to speak to users all over the world using your voice instead of a keyboard. Download Teamspeak from www.teamspeak.com, install it and then you can connect to other Scouts at teamspeak.scoutlink.net.
If someone misbehaves on ScoutLink, or says something in a private message that isn’t appropriate, you can tell a chatroom supervisor what happened and they will deal with the problem. The chatroom supervisors are identifiable by the "@" in front of their nick (nickname). Ask a Leader or other adult at your activity or help you to do this if you’re not sure how.