The Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet are the largest Scouting events in the world with more than 1.5 million Scouts from more than 160 countries annually participating. If you’ve never experienced the digital or amateur radio events before, this might be the perfect time to attend, especially with many of us Scouting at home.
These events will be held concurrently Oct. 16-18, and will allow Scouts to connect with other Scouts, locally, nationally or globally. You can register here.
For the Jamboree-on-the-Internet, all you need is an Internet-enabled device, like a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. If you have a ham radio, you should be good for the Jamboree-on-the-Air, too. However, many Scouts opt to visit a local amateur radio operator’s ham shack or a ham shack at a council camp. If you’re planning to do that, make sure to comply with local and state COVID-19 guidance. Also, read this checklist for restarting Scouting in-person.
The World Organization of the Scout Movement has released the Jamboree-on-the-Air/Jamboree-on-the-Internet interactive map, highlighting all the activities planned for that weekend:
- Safety Centre
- Youth Got Talent Stage
- Fun Zone
- Amateur Radio Hub
- Challenge Valley
- JOTA-JOTI Live
Some of these activities require pre-registration, so look at the map for activities your Scout would be interested in. For example, Scouts can sign up (deadline is Oct. 11) at the Youth Got Talent Stage to showcase their talents, from cooking to music to singing, to be broadcast during the live shows.
Other activities will focus on training and information, such as the Safety Centre, which will offer tips for being safe on the internet.
And, of course, there will be plenty of fun opportunities. Visit the Fun Zone for a universal dance party, music, quizzes, games and arts and crafts. The Amateur Radio Hub will be the place to be to discover the world of the wireless radio and connect with Scouts from around the world.