Jamboree-on-the-Internet (JOTI for short) is an annual international Scouting event sponsored by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). Each year, during the third weekend in October, Scouts from around the world gather online to learn about other cultures and the activities that other Scouts participate in. They communicate with each other using Internet-enabled devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Last year, JOTI had nearly 16 thousand Scouts and leaders from over 140 countries registered in the worldwide JOTI database!

Scouts of any age can do this—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Scouts can participate at home with the help of an adult, or in a Scout group at a council event. JOTI enables Scouts to “meet” other Scouts from around the world through the Internet and share more information than just “Hi, I’m Sean.” The exchanges can include conversations about different countries’ activities, how rank advancement is done (it’s not the same around the world!), favorite hobbies, and what sorts of hikes and campouts you have. Some exchanges lead to long-lasting friendships. JOTI participation fulfills requirements for Tiger and Arrow of Light adventures, the Citizenship in the World merit badge, and the International Spirit Award.

JOTI begins on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 00:00 hours local time (midnight Friday night), and ends on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 24:00 hours local time (midnight Sunday).