Jamboree on the Internet 2013

Report by CSL Anita Muscat
19 October 2013

Every year during the 3rd weekend in October, Scouts from all over the world celebrate the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) where Scouts contact each other using a radio or a computer.

For the 4th year running, the two Packs within the Victoria Scout Group participated in this year's edition of the JOTI. The theme proposed by the WOSM was Let's Share. During the chatting sessions, held under the leaders' supervision, contacts were established with various countries, amongst which were Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Denmark, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece, South Africa and Italy.

The Cubs then had to complete certain tasks and challenges. One of these was preparing the peace tree and decorating it with as many Tsurus as possible. In Japan, where the next world Scout Jamboree will be held, the Tsuru is a sacred bird. Legend has it that this bird lives for a 1000 years and that it has the power to grant wishes. So the Cubs folded lots of coloured paper to form Tsurus which they then stuck onto a dead branch. Later they made the Messengers of Peace symbol with their hands and made a wish for peace among nations.