JOTA-JOTI:Connect to the world this October!

Each year Scouts from around the world can connect and share experiences during Jamboree Over The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree Over The Internet (JOTI).  It’s happening again very soon – 18th and 19th October –  anywhere and everywhere in Australia you can be connected.

Get yourself and your youth members involved. It will bring a new, global perspective to Scouting and you’ll have fun at the same time. Learn about others Scouts’ weekly activities, camps, and adventures in the largest Scouting activity in world!

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Each year it is amazing experience for all involved, and it is going to be even more special this year with a special broadcast from the Chief Scout of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), the Governor-General of Australia

You can integrate JOTA/JOTI as part of your weekly program, or even get involved from a camp you are already on! Queensland Branch has put together a brilliant guide how to prepare for the event you can find here. Plus information on how to sign up can also be found on the National website.

Check out this amazing video from Western Victoria on the activities they ran last year!

And the International Team would love to hear from you if you take part in JOTA/JOTI so please send us an email with pictures of you taking part!

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MoP of the Month: Ecowalls, Indonesia

Gardens are normally horizontal right?! Not in Indonesia, where some Scouts decided that for their badge work they would green up their school grounds with a hanging garden. Check out their project, FYI you will need to use the translate button…

2014-05-28_221026Remember, if you are looking at working on a project or are already doing so, jump onto the Scout.org website and put the project up. Australia is ranked 24th in the world for service hours, so put those projects up there!

Network Your Service

Greetings from Jakarta, Indonesia. It’s pretty humid, but the food is good and the hospitality excellent.

Scouts Australia is here for an Asia-Pacific Regional get together to discuss the Messengers of Peace (MoP) initiative. For those that don’t know, MoP is the product of a big donation to world Scouting, that is allowing Scouts around the globe to be Messengers of Peace and ‘Create a Better World’.

Scouts Australia has received funding for its work in Timor-Leste, and to help equip leaders in Australia, and around the world, with strategies to combat bullying.

Aside from the money is the opportunity for all Scouts to network their service. The MoP Network allows Scouts to share their service experiences and see what other Scouts around the world are doing to interact with their communities. You can also record your service hours and contribute to Scouts Australia’s total.

Currently Scouts Australia is ranked 24th in the world in terms of service hours. Can you help us to lift our position?

For more information of MoP in Australia, visit our website, email Lizz, or comment below.