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Jamboree in the Library

22 October 2013

Logo Jota joti 2013_WSB_rgbTeenagers from across Bath made new global friendships on Saturday in a modern take on an old Scouting tradition.

Bath Central Library bustled with excited chatting and clicking keyboards as over 20 Explorer and Network Scouts communicated with  heir counterparts from around the world in the 17th annual “Jamboree On The Internet”. Inspired by the Worldwide Jamborees, JOTI provides the same learning and networking opportunities as the famous camps but in the more accessible 21st century environment of chatrooms and email.


The young people made contact with peers all over the UK and in such far-flung countries as New Zealand, China, The United States, and South Africa, with several even setting up audio-links to compare their experiences of Scouting. One explorer scout, Domino Silvester, used this opportunity to practise her Mandarin Chinese. “I spoke to some Scouts in China, who asked me how I knew their language – I am learning it at school. It was Great to actually speak the language with Chinese people of my own age I’m glad I used this chance.”

“We are hugely grateful to the library staff for letting us take over the library for the afternoon,” commented Mary Wisker, leader of city-centre based Blaze Explorer Scouts, “as it enabled all our Scouts, whether or not they own the necessary computers and software, to take part in this huge event together in a real party atmosphere.”

After the event, the participants headed back to the Scout HQ in Grove Street for a celebration of international food.