Young people forge global connections at the world’s largest digital Scouting event

Posted: 02/01/2024

Local Scouts, Cubs, and Beavers are bridging borders and connecting with their peers worldwide, thanks to a generous donation of refurbished laptops from JT Community Giving.

The annual international Jamboree-On-The Internet (JOTI), held alongside the Jamboree-On-The-Air, not only challenges but encourages members of Jersey’s Scout movement to make online connections with young people all over the world either through the internet or over shortwave radio.

The 10th Jersey Scout Group applied to JT Community Giving to replace their aging desktop computers. Their outdated devices were no longer fit for purpose, limiting activities for the group. Although new to the group, these laptops have been refurbished as part of JT’s commitment to repurposing equipment, they will not only facilitate participation in international events but also in engaging educational activities as part of the broader scouting program.

Pip Carpenter, Head of Commercial Market at JT, said:
“JT Community Giving, launched just a year ago, is delighted to be able to help so many charities and organisations benefit from practical assistance. In this case, the Scouts received refurbished equipment, aiding them in running their program of activities and events. Scouting provides a safe and fun environment that challenges and develops young people from all backgrounds. It’s fantastic that we can support them in connecting with scouts worldwide and sharing their interests using the power of the internet. It’s truly amazing how technology can bridge cultures and generations.”

During the weekend of activities held in November, scouts contacted young people as far away as South Korea and Indonesia, using the 10 reconditioned laptops. They will also be used throughout the year to help young people work towards their Digital Citizen activity badge.

Glen Militis, Island Lead Volunteer and Acting Group Scout Leader 10th Jersey Scout Group, added: “Scouting is all about preparing young people for life and having good digital skills is essential in today’s world. We help the young people who make up our Beaver, Cubs and Scout sections learn about how digital technology works and how it can enhance their lives. The laptops from JT are a massive boost to how we deliver that programme. Thanks to JT’s Community Giving Scheme, we now have up to date IT equipment that will serve us well for years to come, an essential element in delivering our scouting program.”

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