Fagerstrand Scouts and the Oslo Group of NRRL had invited the scouts in Nesodden to Tjernsbråtan for a radioactive weekend. The program included in addition to the rigging of the camp and radio shack a secret assignment and a night maneuvers.
In the secret task was the patrol should build a shelter or other suitable accommodation. They had already been instructed to bring a tarp and sisal rope. From this they would build a place where they could be accommodated without getting wet if it should rain. The scouts managed it excellently and it was built several beautiful bivouacs.
At the night maneuver the scouts got handed a bag with three reels with sewing thread and a note with a pioneer task. They were to use the sewing thread lashing together a cube. This was a fun task that took a bit longer than what we had expected when we planned it. It was fun to see what they had created. There were cubes of all sizes. Impressive what they managed to achieve with a little sewing thread. Next task on the night maneuver was a post with questions to be answered. Having answered the questions as best they could, it carried out to a first aid post. When they arrived they found an unconscious person. Here they were to start first aid and report it on the radio. Last post was an “observation post”. Here they were handed a description form in which they were to describe the unconscious person the previous post. Here was the observation capability really put to the a test.
In addition to going from post to post the radio were use as an important part of the night maneuver. The scouts should report when they reached a post and when they were ready to go they should obtain the go-ahead via radio before they got going on. The use of radio during night maneuver was part of the scout’s PMR badge. Those who conducted the evening maneuver got approved.
All scouts who attended got their respective official JOTA JOTI badge and our own Camp JOTA badge.
In addition to JOTA JOTI was held as well. Here the scouts got the opportunity to chat with other Scouts using IRC. To get broadband to Tjernsbråtan we had rigged up an ICE router with an external antenna.
Information about JOTA and JOTI from www.jotajoti.no:
JOTA is an annual event that brings together nearly half a million scouts worldwide. The scouts talking over old-fashioned radio transmitters on shortwave. It requires a separate authorization to use such a radio. Scout Groups are therefore dependent on working with a radio amateur. Luckily, most radio amateurs find it fun to help scout groups. JOTA stands for Jamboree On The Air.
JOTI is an event with the same objective as JOTA, namely that scouts all over the world to talk to each other. On JOTI the scouts communicates over the Internet. We mainly use a chat system called IRC, but of course you can also use other good services to get in touch with scouts from near and far, for example scout face, facebook, msn, icq, and more. The goal is to talk to scouts “in real time” or “live”.
Both JOTA and JOTI are organized and coordinated by the World organization WOSM, but also members of WAGGGS are invited to attend. The event runs from Saturday at 00:00 to Sunday 24:00, local time. During these 48 hours, you can get in touch with scouts all over the globe, whether on radio, the internet or both.
It is not just simply to be a scout leader. During the evening LA5FRA Paul had to be a toy surgeon. With steady hand and surgical experience the cuddly toy as good as new after Paul’s treatment.