Jamboree on the Internet

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2016

18 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 29th Immaculata took part in the largest Scouting event across the world, Jamboree on the Internet.

18 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 29th Immaculata took part in the largest Scouting event across the world, Jamboree on the Internet. Joining over 1 million scouts from across 150 countries, they made live video contact with Scouts from all across the world, including America, Mexico, Canada, India, Finland, Australia, Italy, Bangladesh, Columbia, as well as more local Scouts across the UK.

Those attending took part in all forms of communication – including text-based chat, video-based chat and video conferences, with a chance to talk with their new friends about Scouting in their country, where they come from and who else they had already met throughout the event. Every participating group was given a special ID, a JamPuzz ID, which they could swap and collect, incorporating countries and regions which they could tick off as part of a Bingo game as they made links across the world. Making use of the facilities available, some also worked towards their Digital Maker badge, making use of Scratch, the online development platform, to build their own games and distribute them with others who they had met online.

Embracing modern online technologies, Scouts also made use of Minecraft to connect to the digital online world of JOTI where they could build and explore an online Scouting world, in addition to communicating with those occupying this online world.

In addition, they had the chance to sample JOTA, Jamboree on the Air, by listening to both morse code transmissions and vocal greetings by other groups over amateur radio. Although without their own license and facilities to transmit themselves, it still gave a good chance to see this exciting and older part of the Jamboree.