On October 21st, something awesome happened at Severndroog Castle – scouts from all over South London joined scouts from around the world for a super cool event known as Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI). This castle, which stands 150 meters above the sea, turned into an epic playground for scouts from all corners of the globe.
The coolest part of JOTA and JOTI is how we communicate. Scouts at Severndroog Castle used radios, Skype, and even amateur TV to talk to scouts from places like Australia, Japan, and the United States. We talked about scout stuff, shared our local traditions, and just had a fun time getting to know each other.
The scouts climbed the tower all the way to the observation platform that stood 150 meters above sea level. From there, they could take in the sights of London and point out landmarks. It was an amazing view!
They also went to Oxleas Wood to play a ‘Fox Hunt’ game. In this game, they had to use radio signals to find a transmitter hidden in the trees. It was like a high-tech treasure hunt! They had to work together, listen for the strongest signal, and have a blast.
JOTA and JOTI are more than just events; they are about being scouts together. We learned about friendship, unity, and understanding people from all over the world. As the sun set behind the castle, we said goodbye to our new friends, but we will always remember this day when we realized that scouting brings us all together, no matter where we are from.
You can view the pictures from the event in the gallery here: JOTA JOTI 2023 Gallery