Radio Scouting


Jamboree On The Air / Jamboree On The Internet

JOTA / JOTI is an official international event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

JOTA / JOTI is a youth programme event intended for young people in Scouting of all ages. 

The purpose of JOTA / JOTI is to enable and encourage Scouts around the world to communicate with one another by means of amateur radio, providing a fun and educational Scouting experience and promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout Movement.

What is Radio Scouting?     

Radio Scouting is a unique combination of amateur radio with the Scouting programme. Scouts study radio communication and electronics among other things and can earn a number of Radio Scouting-related badges like the Communicator Activity Badge / Challenge Awards which is the badge containing an amateur radio component. The team can help your sections on a number of Activity Badges and Awards, this applies to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers.

To find out more visit the Radio Scouting UK website.

JOTA is organised by the Scout movement, supported by radio amateurs or clubs. Their aim is to bring Scouts around the world closer together, and to introduce them to the capabilities of amateur radio.

All amateur bands are used. Most stations use a special event or a club call, allowing the Scouts to pass greetings messages over the air. Participating JOTA stations should send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Amateur Radio Department at RSGB HQ if they wish to receive the JOTA information pack.

The interest fostered by JOTA and World Jamboree has spread and many Scout camps and campsites boast amateur radio facilities. Several countries have permanent Scout Headquarters stations—for example the World Scout Bureau in Geneva has the callsign HB9S and Gilwell Park in the UK operates under the callsign GB2GP.

JOTA Founder - Les Mitchell - G3BHK (1923-2014)       


Little did I think when I drew up the plans and rules for the first event in 1958 that it's popularity would increase and spread around the world. Even more astonishing is the fact that after all this time it still holds it's popularity and now has a participation of some half a million Scouts and Guides in over one hundred countries involving some ten thousand amateur radio stations. In fact it has become the largest international Scout event ever.
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For more information on how ScoutsCymru Radio Scouting team can help you please contact:-

Hydren Harrison   ScoutsCymru Advisor for Radio Scouting Wales   or


Events taking place.......

  • ScoutsCymru Radio Scouting team will be at the All Wales Cub Fun Day on Saturday 11th June, 2016.
  • October 15th/16 JOTA operation from 1st Blaina Scout HQ Gwent - for more information please contact Hydren Harrison