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ScoutLink is a non profit organization
providing a variety of internet services aimed at connecting scouts
and guides worldwide in a safe environment in line with the
ScoutLink motto "We Connect Scouts and Guides using Internet
ScoutLink aims to provide several safe chat environments for
Scouts and Guides.
- ScoutLink IRC - is a text based service in which
users talk to each other by typing messages and receiving replies
in real time. The IRC service has multiple channels, for different
languages (such as #english) and interests (such as #youth which is
for 6 to 21 year olds). This
is probably the most well known about service from ScoutLink.
- ScoutLink TeamSpeak
- is a voice chat based service in which users talk to each other
in real time using their voice. TeamSpeak is organised using the
same channels as ScoutLink IRC.
- ScoutLink Forums — ScoutLink has several forums on its
- ScoutLink on USENET — ScoutLink has its own USENET server
(news.scoutlink.net) and newsgroups on USENET. These can be found
- ScoutLink E-mail lists — ScoutLink has several e-mail
lists such as ScoutLink community which
is for all users of ScoutLink and uk-discuss which is aimed
at UK users.
Radio Jamboree, although not part of ScoutLink, is sponsored by
ScoutLink Espanol and is
DJed by several of the ScoutLink Espanol regulars.
In Radio Jamboree users mix music and information directly to
cubs, Scouts, rovers and everyone related to scouting. Directed to
people and every scout in every corner of the Spanish speaking
world and the news from Radio Jamboree tour the world and strive
carry a profound message to the world through the scouting,
disseminate the thoughts of scouting, and promoting the lifestyle
outdoors. Since the foundation and first broadcast in 2005, Radio
Jamboree has and will continue to be attracted to the unique scout
The main event of the year for ScoutLink is the World Scout
Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) that is held on the third weekend of
October every year. During the 2007 JOTI ScoutLink broke its record
and had 6582 simultaneous connections to the network.
ScoutLink is also the host of World Thinking Day chats in which
the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts get together, rather like a
mini-JOTI, and celebrate their Founders, Baden-Powell
and his wife Lady Baden-Powell.
For the past two years ScoutLink has also been the major host of
the Asia Pacific Internet Jamboree (API-JAM) which is held during
August each year and is organised by a different National Scout
Association of the Asia Pacific Region each time — Australia
played host in 2005, Japan in 2006.
During the European Jamboree, Eurojam, organised by the European
Regional Office of the World Scout Bureau, ScoutLink had specific
channels dedicated for the participants of Eurojam.
Several of the ScoutLink Regions hold IRC Camps. This is where
regular ScoutLink users gather together for a camp, to meet each
other in real life (IRL) and to catch up on the gossip since the
last IRC Camp. The camps that are held regularly are:
- OZANZ - Originally conceived in 1998 by Stx
(the then CC Australia) and Sez & Tely (the then joint CCs New
Zealand) - This camp is organised is by members of the OZANZ
region — Australia, Asia & New Zealand. The camp has no
set schedule of occurrence. It is held whenever someone is prepared
to organise it and there is enough interest. OZANZ has been held in
locations in Australia and New Zealand.
- 1998 Melbourne, Australia
- 1999 Clevedon, New Zealand
- 2000 Perth, Australia
- 2002 Sydney, Australia
- 2004 Adelaide, Australia (held as a meeting at the 20th
- 2005 Alice Springs, Australia
- 2007 ScoutLink@AJ2007,
See the ScoutLink Australia OZANZ
page for further information.
- NorthAm - is a camp held for users of
ScoutLink services in North America. Previous locations have
- 1997 Ontario, Canada
- 1998 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- 1999 Canada
- 2000 USA
- 2001 Sombra, Ontario, Canada
- 2002 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
- 2006 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
- 2007 Sombra, Ontario, Canada
- 2008 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
- 2009 TBA
- 2010 Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada or Escalante, Utah,
- 2011 TBA
- 2012 TBA
See the NorthAm website for further information.
- European Region - The European Region of
ScoutLink holds a camp at Easter, in a different country every
- 2000 - United Kingdom — IRC-UK
- 2001 - United Kingdom — IRC-UK
- 2002 - Baarn, The Netherlands — IRCNL
- 2003 - Denmark — IRCScand
- 2004 - Wales, UK — IRCymru
- 2005 - Veere, The Netherlands — IRCNL
- 2006 - Belgium — IRCBE
- 2007 - Republic of Ireland — IRC-IE
- 2008 - Germany — IRCDE
- 2009 - Switzerland — IRCH
- 2010 - Finland — IRC-FI
- 2011 - Limburg, The Netherlands — IRC-NL
- 2012 - Scotland — IRC-Sco
The ScoutLink United Kingdom Team also organise a New Years Bash
(NYB) in which users from all over Europe gather together in the UK
(usually a different location each time) and celebrate the New Year
together. See the New Years Bash miniweb for
As well as organising real life events, ScoutLink also organises
many online events.
- TeamSpeak Night — An evening once a week where users are
encouraged to use the TeamSpeak side of ScoutLink.
- SLOPE — A event, announced on 1 April 2008, in which users
of ScoutLink are being asked to "produce the most extreme, coolest,
most intriguing, or overall most bestest picture involving