Venturer Scout Brendan Anderson presenting Brian O'Neill with his supporters scarf.
Venturer Scout Brendan Anderson presenting Brian O'Neill with his supporters scarf.

Scouts connect on a global wavelength

WHAT is JOTA and JOTI? What sounds like another language is actually a global Scouting event and Mackay was involved.

Every year on the third weekend of October, Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On the Internet (JOTI) are held worldwide.

They provide a safe environment for Scouting and Guiding members to communicate with other members throughout the world.

Mary Wallace, district leader community relations for Hibiscus Coast District, said this year was the 62nd JOTA and 23rd JOTI.

“Hibiscus Coast Scouting held its event at Rowallan Park with youth members and leaders from Banksia, Mackay City Central and Sarina Scout Groups camping for the weekend,” Mrs Wallace said.

Each year the Mackay Amateur Radio Club sets up a JOTA base for the youth members and leaders to contact other groups.

“Their support is much appreciated. Region Commissioner Central Coast Region, Dougal McWhinney set up and supervised the JOTI activities with the help of the Rover Scouts and some leaders,” she said.

Sarina Cub Scout Hannah Godley at JOTA
Sarina Cub Scout Hannah Godley at JOTA

Many Australian and overseas contacts were made by internet chat relay, including Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, UK, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Canada, Argentina and Bangladesh.

“The Rover Scouts conducted an electronics base for the Scout section and older to make flashing light boards from kits. This is always a popular activity,” Mrs Wallace said.

“On Saturday afternoon there was a formal parade where certificates were presented to leaders.

“Two leaders from Banksia Scout Group, Joey Scout leader, Rebecca Johnson, and Cub Scout leader, Loretta Dale, were presented with their Gillwell Scarfs and woggles. Joshua Brzozowski was invested as a District Leader Adventurous Activities.”

Each year a scarfing up ceremony is held to present a community member who is an avid supporter of Scouting with a supporter’s scarf that they may wear to Scouting events.

“On Saturday, Calen District State College principal Brian O’Neill, a member of Calen Canefields Toastmaster Club, was presented with his scarf,” Mrs Wallace said.

“He has conducted Youth Leadership Courses on a number or occasions in the Venturer Scout section, which is a basic public speaking course.

“Venturer Scout Brendan Anderson presented Mr O’Neill with the Supporters Scarf, and Venturer Scout Ethan Cahill presented him with a copy of the annual report.”