Over the weekend of 17th – 18th October, Scouts and Explorer Scouts from Blaydon ‘met’ with other Scouts from all over the world as part of Scouting’s “Jamboree on the Internet”.
Based at 1st Ryton Scout Group’s IT suite and also using laptops recently donated to 1st Winlaton Scout Group, the event was well attended by Scouts from 1st Ryton and 1st Winlaton Scout Troops and Explorer Scouts from the District’s Phoenix Explorer Scout Unit.
Contact is made via the ScoutLink site, using moderated Internet Relay Chat to provide safe, monitored links with Scouts from many countries which this year included Norway, Portugal, Canada and the USA and as far away as Indonesia.
This is the third year that the District has taken part in Jamboree on the Internet and builds on the interest in international Scouting sparked by the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in the summer. David Stokes, District Explorer Scout Commissioner and Jamboree Unit Leader for Durham Scout County said “Like a physical Jamboree, the Jamboree on the Internet counts towards a number of Scout and Explorer Scout awards and helps our young people to understand that their weekly meetings are just a small part of the most successful youth movement the world has ever seen.”
Scouts swapped programme ideas with Scouts from other part of the world as well as sharing aspects of their culture and communities. Participants will also receive a special JOTA/JOTI 2015 badge, which can be worn on uniform.