This weekend (18th and 19th of October) is the annual JOTI/JOTA event. This is an international event for Scouts all over the world which takes place on the air waves (Jamboree On The Air) and on the internet (Jamboree On The Internet). While the ‘air’ part requires some specialist kit, the internet part can be done by anyone reading this post! There’s an ‘IRC’ (Internet Relay Chat) section which is text based communication that only requires a web browser.

Loads more information can be found here:
Main site

But if you want to get connected quickly and know a bit about what you’re doing, go here:

This is a simple browser based chat client where you type messages to other people from around the world, in small ‘rooms’. There’s a few simple rules, which are nothing you wouldn’t expect and the rooms are monitored by operators (who have an ‘@’ sign in front of their nick names) who will remove people if needed. (For 1st P/BS – including Matt D!)

You’ll be asked for a JID code periodically – it’s a way to track how many people you’re talking to and where they’re based. I’ve registered on behalf of the unit, and our JID code is:

(If you’re here from 1st Prestbury, the JID code is: 5GB67C)
(If you’re here from Black Sheep, the JID code is: 5GB34F)

Channels you may be interested in, which you can join with the command “/join #channelname”
#English – for chatting in English
#youth – for younger participants generally (1st P Cubs)
#japan2015 – for Jamboree people

Other useful commands:
“/nick NEWNICKNAME” – change how people see your name
“/me DOES AN ACTION” – appears to other users as “1stPrestburyAkela DOES AN ACTION”

If you get any JIDs off people, please make a note and send them in to me! (1st Prestbury – please send to the email address for your section, Black Sheep use FB)

Parents – if you’re helping your cub/scout/explorer with this I’d encourage you to read the website a bit to get a good understanding of the nature of the event – while it should be entirely scouts, it is an internet based event and safety precautions should be taken.

Scouts – Read this and talk to your parents if you have any concerns.

Have fun!

DESC award winners

Congratulations to Henry, Joe and Rachel who were all awarded both the Cheltenham DESC award and were some of the first recipients of the County Commissioner’s Commendation tonight at the District AGM! I also put them all on the spot to do some more Japan in a Box

Cornish Camp, part 1

Day one of camp is well under way now, but already people look tired! An 8am supermarket dash to buy food got us on the bus for an 8.45 start…of course that meant some drumming at 6.30am….

We went down to the Barbican – then turned the wrong way and went round the block. Then we went down to the Barbican, got off the bus and into our final dress rehearsal for dancing later. Once the generator was up and working, we got a few rounds of the ‘traditional’ Japanese dance before heading off around the festival trying to find Sushi and free samples.

At noon we met on the quayside to welcome the Clover back from Japan – 400 years after it originally arrived back. The captain then presented the crowd with gifts from the Shodan, while the Queen’s representative and a Japanese Embassy official presented trees to each other….there’s even a Bramley Apple fan club in Japan!

A quick walk round to the sea front followed, where we saw a boat race and then got to climb the lighthouse. Luckily, nothing got dropped from the top nothing falling landed on anyone. (Many apologies to those it landed near – Geoff)

After safely returning to earth, we headed back for a quick look around the Clover before helping the other unit with their Japanese flash mob -videos to follow. We’re now back at the hut, preparing for the talent show later so stay tuned….

Japan in a Box

The Japan in a Box page is now live – this is your chance to get out and about, or to let the groups you young lead at know what you’re up to!

There’s a folder full of programme ideas, toys, artwork, things to dress up in and of course chopsticks and flags. Something to keep everyone happy, from Beavers to Network.

See here for more information, or get in touch.


WOMAD Music Festival

July saw some of the Unit tackle the WOMAD music festival. Joining forces with the WOMAD crew, we had 4 days to erect over 300 tents – and then two days to take them down again! Slogging it out in 30 degree heat – pretty close to what we might get in Tokyo ( the team worked exceptionally hard, and by the comments we got from the public made a very positive impression!

In addition to having to pitch tents in inch perfect rows, we also helped carry bags to and from cars (up to 2km away), sold cranes and ran a small raffle. Our campsite was actually also 1km from the tents – so lunch was literally a trek! Most of the photos I have are from the middle of the week, when we got a few minutes downtime. If anyone has any others, please let me know :)

Following the last minute panic we were aided by members of the IST and other friends and parents who proved invaluable, and allowed every member of the unit to receive £50 from the event. We’d also like to thank the cub leader from Bracknell at the stall next to us who kept an eye on our things when we left it unmanned.