First-ever JOTA JOTI Ovenight Camp was held on JOTA JOTI 2023 weekend 21st-22nd October 2023 at S. Thomas Preparatory School Colombo 3. The main goal was to introduce Scouts for both JOTA and JOTI in-combine to build friendships around the world.

Acquiring strong signal or 59 was not an easy task due to tall buildings surrounding the school premises making it more challenging. Its’ all part of Scouting: adapting to the environment.

The event allowed Scouts to communicate via radio and use Scoutlink to make contacts during JOTA JOTI. The event was followed up with a BBQ by senior Scouts of the troop.

An activity card was introduced to help Scouts to keep entertained and certain activities were subject to removal as several examinations took place in school premises where the programme had to be halted during those hours.

Sincere thanks to the Patron of 39th Colombo Scout Group Reverend Nihal Fernando for approving the project, GSL Miss Yvonne Charles, SL Ravindu Huladduwa, Mr. Buddhika, ASL Nitheskanna, ASL Tithira, ASL Nandun, Event coordinator webmasters, Senior Scouts and immediate former Senior Scouts.

Special thanks to Radio Society of Sri Lanka Radio Society of Sri Lanka: Tharanga 4S6TMP, Victor 4S7VK, Jaliya 4S7JL, Bharat, Nayana 4S6NDR for all the arrangements, facilities including QSL cards making the whole event a reality. We are forever grateful to Nadila 4S6NAD and Ravindu for being with us and assisting for a successful JOTA.