JOTA and UN's 50th year.
Jim Parnell (parnell_j@KOSMOS.WCC.GOVT.NZ)
Wed, 15 Feb 1995 00:41:20 +1200
This year is the United Nations 50th Anniversary and it is to be
marked by appropriate activities culminating on the 24th October,
which was the founding day back in 1945.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement is active in the
planning and commemoration of UN50 and encourages its members to
become involved in useful ways. This involvement in the
celebrations is as a result of a resolution at the World Scout
Conference in Bankok, Thailand, 1993. The 18th World Jamboree and
the Jamboree on the Air have been nominated as two of Scouting's
contributions to the anniversary events.
As National Organiser for the Jamborees on the Air in New
Zealand, I have been asked to highlight the anniversary in my
JOTA promotion material and arrange for some appropriate activity
during the event.
Presumably, other National JOTA Organisers will be asked to do
The trouble is, I do not have any good ideas as to how to
introduce the UN theme into JOTA in a way that is not forced. I
need to find and highlight a meaningful relationship between
Scouting and the UN, otherwise the fact that it is 50 years old
this year is an irrelevancy for JOTA.
Some way of introducing the anniversary in promotional literature
as well as encouraging on air discussion is needed so that JOTA
participants can learn of and appreciate the benefits that the
UN has provided to the world during its 50 years of existence.
I welcome suggestions from those on Scouts-L.
National Organiser for the Jamborees on the Air in New Zealand.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City