Re: JOTA (for Chuck Kirkland)
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Mon, 9 Sep 1996 07:21:25 -0400
You wrote -
> Our Troop is trying to participate in our first JOTA this year. We are
> burdened by operating in a host country and at the same time we also
> will be attending our District Camporee. We will be camping very near a
> Military Base that may allow for us to come on line during JOTA.
JOTA is an international Scouting event that has far greater participation in
Europe than in the USA. Istead of felling "burdened" by having to operate in
Germany, your host nation, you really ought to shift your thinking toeard what a
fantastic opportunity you have where you live.
There are three different major Scouting organisations in Germany you can "hook
up" with, the BP (non-denominational), the VCP (Protestant), and the DPSG
(Catholic). All three of these are excellent Scout Associations with very active
Scout Groups. If you have not done anything with these folks yet, you really oug
to, since you have the prized opportunity to participate in the international
aspect of Scouting on a daily basis.
Cast your electronic feelers abroad, check into the ScoutNet sites, and work wit
the lists you will find in David Jansen's InterNETional Scouting Page directory
for German Scout Groups and Associations. There is a welth of information there
that you will be able to use to get into contact with German Scout Groups. You m
well find a lot of really fun activities you can get involved in during JOTA, ev
if they are off-site in relation to your Camporee.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City