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JOTI Special Edition Quick Tips

March 31st, 2020 · Uncategorized

JOTI Special Edition Summary of Fun

All below is accessible via JOTAJOTI.INFO but you may have to hunt it down on the map. This is a quick cheat sheet to help set yourself up.  Many participants have multiple features open at the same time. You can too.

BSA and GSUSA advancement tips are at the bottom of this post

TIP Number 1

Have fun connecting with Scouts around the world.

Keep in mind this event spans 24 time zones.
The following list applies to participants in the western hemisphere.

  • Friday April 3 comes “early” to Scouts in the western hemisphere where its already Saturday across the international date line.
  • Mornings in the USA might be the best time to check activity. Europe will be having lunch and Asia will be working on dinner / evening.
  • Saturday will be the busiest day
  • Checking in Sunday afternoon in the USA will find Europe getting ready for bedtime and Asia fast asleep already headed for Monday.

Text messaging / chat rooms (not all features may be available)

JOTI Radio

Steaming radio with music, interviews, song requests 

(alternate source) http://philae.shoutca.st:8059/stream2 

JOTI Live on YouTube


WOSM FaceBook Live
is supposed to be at https://www.facebook.com/WOSM.OMMS/ at various times.  Use your regular FaceBook account to log in if needed.


This site requires a scout.org account be created before one can access it. 
Skype calls and JOTICafe tend to the most popular features.

* = For some functions on JOTI a Scout.org account will be needed.

  • Primary function is to get your SKYPE credential out there in the phone book although this may (or may not)  be necessary for personal use accounts.
  • This is how WB5BSA got calls from other nations during regular JOTA/JOTI events.

If your Scout doesn’t already have a microsoft account set up to use with SKYPE, he might as well get a Microsoft account set up to use it.  

If you use the Windows 10 login feature already to log in on any computer – you already have a Microsoft account.

To get a Scout.org account, go to  JOTAJOTI.INFO
Click on the blue “sign up” button

If you do not have scout.org account already, click on the “REGISTER” link next…..

  • Fill out the form
    Yes anyone fill out the form.*
    Yes Girl Scouts can fill out the form. 

    This is a WAGGGS endorsed function. 
  • Check you are a scout
  • Check that you are not a robot.
    * hopefully you weren’t a robot filling out the form
  • Check the Terms and Conditions, etc.

Then click on the Green button “CREATE NEW ACCOUNT”
(scroll down if you don’t  see it)

Girl Scouts of the USA tips

Information on how JOTI can fulfill some of the Girl Scouts of the USA requirements from Daisy through Ambassador.

Parents should insure their Girl Scout has taken the Internet Safety Pledge https://www.girlscouts.org/en/help/help/internet-safety-pledge.html

This is a WAGGGS endorsed function

BSA Advancement tips

Advancement JOTI Special Edition can achieve

Scouts BSA
Citizenship in the World merit badge

7. (Do two of the following)

  • c. Visit with a student or Scout from another country and discuss the typical values, holidays, ethnic foods, and traditions practiced or enjoyed there.
  • e. Participate in or attend an international event in your area, such as an ethnic festival, concert, or play.

Cub Scouts
Arrow of Light
Webelos Activity Pin “Building a Better World

  • 6c: Under the supervision of your parent, guardian, or den leader, connect with a Scout in another country during an event such as Jamboree on the Air or Jamboree on the Internet or by other means

BSA Cyber-Chip Internet Safety
Scouts and Parents should work on BSA Cyber-Chip internet safety if not already earned prior to the event.

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24th World Scout Jamboree Tent Repair

January 20th, 2020 · Uncategorized

Official published information sent to our contingent (Boy Scouts of America)

Coleman® Sundome® 6-Person Dome Tent.
Technical Details
Tent Size: 3.1m x 3.1m (10′ x 10′)
Weight: 7.36kg (16.2lbs)
Dimensions (packed) : 67.3cm x 20.3cm x 20.3cm (2.2’ x 8” x 8”)

The labeling on the tent however notes 9.6′ x 9′ (292 cm x 274 cm) (see closeup picture below)

Tent Poles – fiberglass with steel connectors with a shock cord strung down each tube. Two support the tent and one is used on the rainfly as an entry awning.

Actual measurements I made

Main tent poles: Fiberglass 11 mm diameter, 64.5 mm per section (fiberglass pole plus metal ferrule/connector).
Assembled length = 5.74 meters (226 inches)

Awning support poles: 6.5 mm diameter,
Assembled length = 1.64 meters (64.5 inches)

Tent stakes: 12

Tent stake rings with support pole connector (4 total)

Buyer Research / Beware
Coleman replacement parts don’t seem to include the pole diameter on many of their listings. This is very important for the poles to fit into the metal ferrule / connectors. I would like to recommend the manufacturer but I could not find any on their site for replacement parts.

Parts substitutions I found
I was successful in adapting the Eureka! fiberglass shock cord pole repair and replacement kit. The 11 mm size comes with four 27.75 inch (70.5 cm) sections that can be cut down to fit.

The Eureka link is https://eurekacamping.johnsonoutdoors.com/accessories/repair-kits-poles/11mm-fiberglass-tent-pole-repairreplacement-kit

The USA amazon site is https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000YZ82F6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The smaller 6.5 mm fiberglass pole was more difficult to find replacement parts. One section of this pole developed a split along the length of the fiberglass. We wrapped it with solid core wire then duct-taped it to reinforce it and secure it.

If you need a replacement tent stake ring try searching for that term “tent pin and ring” or “tent ring with pins”

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Apollo 11 documentary movie

March 1st, 2019 · Uncategorized

This movie made me realize I have been seeing for 50 years is telecine – barely VHS quality 1970’s analog video.
Holy cow.  The original film prints show much more dynamic range, resolution and color quality with detailed digital restoration removal of  dust specs and film scratches.
Bonus – New footage never seen by the public until this movie.  Not 8 mm, 16 mm or 35 mm but IMAX quality 65 mm.    I’m not sure but I think the trailer from 0:40 to 0:57 contains a sample of this new footage.  This screen was made from the video trailer on YouTube.  The resolution in IMAX was way better.​
​Look at the billowing in the second vapor cone . There’s a smaller vapor cone near the command module. The American flags on the 1st stage are becoming obscured from frost developing as the oxygen vessels drained resulting in a flat matte appearance while the other stages show a gloss.
Another surprise for me was there was a second camera recording Armstrong’s first step onto the moon!  We see the “One small step for a man,” moment from this perspective from the window of the the lunar module in 16 mm film!  I was only familiar with the monochrome televised video feed – footage which was enhanced after the original was lost in NASA archives but a backup copy was discovered in an Australian downlink station site and restored in 2014.
It’s a documentary, so don’t expect “First Man” drama.  No narration, no interviews. It flows in a as it happens format with multi-screens covering simultaneous perspectives.  Backroom controller audio was restored as well.  We see a slice of America as it existed in 1969.  We see the visitors on the shoreline, the hair styles, the Coke can designs and the weird temporary visitor hats for sale  shading the Florida sun on that day in July.
About First Man, what’s with the camera shake during action scenes?  It’s as bad in that movie as lens flare was in JJ Abrams “Star Trek” reboot.  The archive camera operators for Apollo 11 were more disciplined in using tripods.
The landing of the first astronauts on the moon is a hallmark achievement of human history
The political environment, locked in a cold war competition,  stimulated the ambition to create this singular uniquely American demonstration of resolve and ingenuity.
There is a poetic nostalgia that I think we still crave to aspire and resume our exploration into space.  Apollo 11 was the zenith of that drive in the second half of the twentieth century.
The space program inspired a generation youth who would enter STEM related professions that advanced America beyond what can be counted on the spreadsheet of Apollo era technology spinoffs.
Apollo 11 documentary is Oscar worthy for its cinematography, editing and sound design.

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February 13th, 2019 · Uncategorized

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11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month…

November 9th, 2018 · Fun and After-Hours Stuff

How the ending of World War 1 creates a new chapter in the history of the Scout Movement

In 1907 the founder of the Scout Movement, Robert Baden-Powell (B-P), conducted an experiment to see if his ideas of a youth movement called Scouting would work.  This first campout was located on a small island on the southeast coast of the United Kingdom called Brownsea.  21 boys attended this camp and scouting is born.

By July 1914, the outbreak of World War 1 began.  Several of the 21 boys that camped on the first campout in 1907 now were adults and served in the British Expeditionary Force. One died near Flanders France, another from a poison gas attack.

Scouting was first envisioned by its founder as a program to build better citizens of Great Britain.  When scouting expanded beyond his home country, he welcomed and encouraged it’s growth.  Scouting and Guiding spread worldwide.

B-P discovered a new mission for Scouting and Guiding after the conclusion of World War 1.  He felt that Scouting’s values could create bridges of friendship to become a peace movement. His vision expands from one which develops character, fitness and citizenship towards welcoming a worldwide fellowship.  It was his goal that this movement could help prevent another such terrible event.

Click upon this image to read the document.

“Peace cannot be secured entirely by commercial interests, military alliances, general disarmament or mutual treaties, unless the spirit for peace is there in the minds and will of the peoples. This is a matter of education.”

– Robert Baden-Powell (1926)

The first World Scout Jamboree is an effort to begin this process of interactive fellowship. Held in the United Kingdom in 1920, thirty four nations attended.

“The Jamboree has taught us that if we exercise mutual forbearance and give-and-take, then there is sympathy and harmony. If it be your will, let us go forth from here fully determined that we will develop among ourselves and our boys that comradeship, through the world-wide spirit of the Scout Brotherhood so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and good will among men.”

– Robert Baden Powell – 1st World Scout Jamboree (1920)

In 1924, the spirit of the Jamboree becomes embedded and it became an quadrennial recurring celebration.

“The year 1924 brought the Imperial Jamboree at Wembley, the World Camp at Foxlease and the Second International Jamboree in Denmark. At these events, Baden Powell coupled pleas for peace and world brotherhood with denunciations of the Great War.”

Tim Jeal, “Baden-Powell”, Ed.
Hutchinson, London, Sydney,
Auckland and Johannesbourg, 1989,

Scouting and Peace

More about how scouting worldwide seeks to continue to build bridges of friendship can be discovered in this document from the World Organization of the Scout Movement.


24th World Scout Jamboree

In 2019, the 24th World Scout Jamboree continues the worldwide fellowship of Scouting.



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Jamboree Woggle

September 26th, 2018 · Fun and After-Hours Stuff

Here’s a crafting idea for your jamboree meetings or travel activity to keep your scouts busy on the way to the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
For scout leaders with the Boy Scouts of America, remember this?  We make this on the first day of our Wood Badge course.  After six more days there is so much other information learned that many of us never go back to try to tie this again.
Then we get our leather woogle and use that more often.

24th World Scout Jamboree Woggle

I’ve been testing ideas for tying a woggle with the colors used in the logo of the 24th World Scout Jamboree (#24WSJ).
White, Red, Blue, Green and Purple make up most of the colors (based on the national flags of Canada, USA and Mexico co-host nations) with the purple of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

American Field

American Field is the best match for color that I could find.

Afghanistan Veteran

Is a very close match as well with less blue and more red visible.


Captain America

Here’s a nice example for a USA themed woogle.  The paracord color for this project is called “Captain America”

How to Tie a Paracord Woggle

Tying instructions include this source:

Length Modifications

The instructions you find online note 40 or 42 inches (102 to 107 cm)  which is fine for the simple thin linen materials but not enough for thicker materials like some newer neckerchiefs with more edging details.
​I would recommend trying 64 inches (163 cm) on your first test.  This length will accompany the newer neckers that like to incorporate edging detail or your salmon WB necker with the thicker cloth and allow easier passage of your beads while staying up.
​If your home unit necker is thinner like most BSA designs, downsizing is easy.  It’s easier to trim than to add on paracord that was too short.


​​American Field (closest match to #24WSJ colors but lacks purple)

​Afghanistan Veteran (close match to #24WSJ colors but lacks purple)

Captain America Paracord

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A postscript on Walter Nopper

June 3rd, 2018 · Uncategorized

Walter J Nopper, our Scoutmaster / Guthrie Scout Band director mentioned in my previous post,  emigrated from Germany or Switzerland and arrived in New York on June 25, 1914.

Archduke Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo on a Sunday – 3 days later.  The Guthrie Daily Leader shows the first report in the June 29, 1914 Monday edition.

Niblack, Leslie G. The Guthrie Daily Leader (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 47, No. 145, Ed. 1 Monday, June 29, 1914, newspaper, June 29, 1914; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc616902/m1/1/: accessed May 23, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Within weeks the nations of Europe mobilize and World War 1 begins.  The first reference to what we now call World War 1 is the sub-headline in the Guthrie Daily Leader calling the sudden mobilization the “World’s Greatest War.”

Niblack, Leslie G. The Guthrie Daily Leader (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 48, No. 20, Ed. 1 Monday, August 3, 1914, newspaper, August 3, 1914; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc618201/: accessed May 23, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Imagine a new immigrant arriving to pursue his dream in America only days before war in Europe sparks from the assassination.  At first one would be concerned for relatives and at the same time relieved he would be safe.

The only photo of Walter discovered comes from a registration database of “alien enemies” when Walter was in Kansas in 1917.  (Page 1  Page 2)  The imminent threat of war produced policies which required documentation of unnaturalized residents.  The term “alien enemies” was used in World War 1 era.


Walter likely had an interest in the violin.  This passage from the Oklahoma State Register 23 December 1920 mentions Kreisler.  This is most likely Fritz Kreisler who was considered a master violinist at that time. A YouTube video at the bottom has some recordings of Kreisler.

Golobie, John. Oklahoma State Register (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 39, No. 47, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 23, 1920, newspaper, December 23, 1920; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc88605/m1/8/?q=nopper: accessed May 23, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

An advertisement appears on 04 November 1921 of the Guthrie Daily Leader for a fellow instructor.

Niblack, Leslie G. The Guthrie Daily Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 54, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, November 4, 1921, newspaper, November 4, 1921; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc713234/m1/5/?q=kachelski: accessed May 23, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Naturalization and Military Service

By September 1930, Walter applies for US Citizenship (page 1, page 2).  He enters the US Army as a musician – serving two years.  He appears in the 1930 census serving in Panama.

Walter died August 15, 1941 at age 48 and is buried in New York.  Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the scout movement had passed the same year on  January 8.

The application for a military headstone again confirms Walter’s service in the US Army.  He dies after war again erupts in Europe and before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

Not Included

I posted this information separately because one can not define a life’s biography based on so little information.  We are more than a headstone, a photograph, or some scanned document to keep track of potential spies.

Walter’s actions of pursuing his dream of music and working it into service to scouting I think tell more of this man.

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The Scout Band of Guthrie (1920 – 1922)

June 1st, 2018 · Uncategorized

Guthrie’s scouting history had a time when a coed scout band engaged in events regularly in the early 1920’s.

Music playback was limited to phonographs which were beginning to appear in people’s homes.   Commercial broadcast radio would arrive in Oklahoma a few years later.  If you wanted music at an event, a live band was the way to go.  Composer and conductor John Philip Sousa (1854 – 1932) was in his prime.  Americans liked marching bands.

Enter the band director

Walter J Nopper (26 April 1893 – 15 August 1941) was born in Germany and immigrated to America in 1914.

Walter was a graduate of Heidelberg University and studied under Fritz Kreisler, a violin master at the turn of the century.  Walter emigrates from Switzerland or Germany and arrives in New York in June 25, 1914.

Beginnings of the Scout Band

By 1920 Walter, now 27, arrives in Guthrie and uses his music talent recruiting youth from the talents of existing boy scout and girl scout troops.  Numerous newspaper references over a three year span from 1920 to 1922 show his dedication and service to the community of Guthrie and Scouting.

“58 piece boy and girl scout band” 23 March 1922 Oklahoma Weekly Reader

Niblack, Leslie G. Oklahoma Weekly Leader (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 31, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 23, 1922, newspaper, March 23, 1922; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc120646/m1/4/?q=nopper%20guthrie%20band: accessed April 11, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

In a future post, I’ll detail more on Troop 3 (later – Troop 63) chartered by the First United Methodist Church.   The First United Methodist Church was then known as the First M.E. Church (M.E. meaning Methodist Episcopal).

Niblack, Leslie G. The Guthrie Daily Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 54, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 23, 1922, newspaper, March 23, 1922; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc713372/m1/1/?q=pie%20supper: accessed April 11, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Oklahoma State Register noted in their “Local Mention” column in March of 1922…

Golobie, John. Oklahoma State Register (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 30, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 23, 1922, newspaper, March 23, 1922; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc88670/m1/5/?q=Nopper%27s%2058: accessed April 11, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

The Oklahoma State Register noted in March 1921 of “Nopper’s Juvenile band” in a Sunday school parade…

Golobie, John. Oklahoma State Register (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 39, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 31, 1921, newspaper, March 31, 1921; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc88619/m1/5/?q=nopper: accessed April 11, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Scouting in the 21st Century and the Band

Scout bands can be seen at large scouting events like National Scout Jamborees involving venturers and scouts.

Video taken by the author of the 2017 National Scout Jamboree Band

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Memorial Day and Boot Hill in Guthrie – 2018

May 26th, 2018 · Uncategorized

Cubs, Scouts and Venturers today placed flags at Veterans graves today at Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie in honor of Memorial Day


At the end of the walkthrough of every tombstone, some of our scouts travelled over to a part of the cemetery called “Boot Hill.”


A section called “Boot Hill” houses some of Guthrie’s “infamous” criminals.  Perhaps the most famous being Wild Bill Doolin and Elmer McCurdy.

Elmer McCurdy


Will Bill Doolin


A B movie called “Return of the Bad Men” premiered in Guthrie in 1948.  The image below is in front of the Melba theater – today known as the Pollard Theater.

The film features nefarious criminals who terrorize a territorial town called “Guthrie”.
  • The Sundance kid (played by Robert Ryan)
  • Billy the kid
  • The Dalton brothers
  • Wild Bill Doolin
  • Wild Bill Yeager
  • The Younger Brothers
The Sheriff, played by Randolph Scott, had a lot to handle with this nefarious bunch of hardened criminals.
Even George “Gabby” Hayes plays a role as a banker.
You can stream this movie on YouTube for a $2.99 fee
After placing flags, Scouts in the troop cooled off by taking the troops’ canoes out on the lake.

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118 years ago Today in Scouting History

May 18th, 2018 · Uncategorized

Headline of the Guthrie Daily Leader, 19 May 1900

After 216 days of seige of in the second Boer War (1899-1902) Mafeking, a small railroad town in South Africa, is relieved by British reinforcements from local militia surrounding a then unknown Colonel Robert Baden Powell.

The news traveled around the world and a British officer begins a path that would lead towards the creation of the scout movement.

Robert Baden Powell, 1896

A post card at this time would be addressed as Guthrie, Oklahoma, Indian Territory to insure delivery.

Guthrie – circa 1896

Guthrie would not achieve statehood until 1907 – the same year Robert Baden Powell conducts his first scout campout on Brownsea Island, UK on the first of August.

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