Re: JOTA equivalent
Brian Cooper (cooperba@OZEMAIL.COM.AU)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 22:52:01 +1100
On Wed, 31 Jan 1996, Judy Harcus wrote:
> Jan Mussler <mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU> asked:
> >My question today is - is there a computer/Internet/WWW equivalent to the
> >JOTA (Jamboree on the Air)? My Wolves participated in JOTA this year,
> >though they were a little young. We did have a good geography lesson -
> >obviously a well-needed one <g>. The older sibs who came (Webelos and
> >Girl Scout) actually participated in and enjoyed JOTA more. Ham Radio
> >was completely foreign to all but my sons (Dad's AI8Z). The Internet
> >would not be since they will get their e-mail addresses at school next year.
> There was an informal JOTI (Jamboree on the Internet) or JOTNet as it was
> being called at the same time at JOTA last October. My son and I got
> slightly involved with it. If I'd been more aware of it earlier I might
> have got my troop involved. Basically, what happened was some groups or
> individuals got onto some of the Scouting mailing lists and posted requests
> for contacts. We exchanged messages mostly with a Canadian Venturer
> company, but they were exchanging messages with Scouts around the world. I
> think there may have been an IRC chat on #scouting, but I haven't got into
> that yet. I suspect the Internet version will grow as you have much more
> reliable contact. Our troop participated in JOTA but only managed to make a
> few intelligible contacts in the US, none elsewhere. I plan on getting my
> troop involved in both JOTA and JOTI next year.
> Judy Harcus, Troop Scouter, 1st Powell River Scouts
> (British Columbia, Canada)
I would suggest you contact your local JOTA co-ordinator about JOTI asit
will be better orgainsed this year.
My own scouts spent the whole weekend on JOTI and made some interesting
conectionns. The various scouts managed to contact by IRC switzerland,
thew UK, States and Cnada. Thre was some connections with South Africa
and HONG Kong.
There was some problems with IRC and we had a steep learning curve.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City