Scouts JOTA

Scouts Jamboree on the Air

A Scout sends a message thousands of  miles using Amateur Radio

A Scout sends a message thousands of miles using Amateur Radio

The Southport & District Amateur Radio Club have been running Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) events for local Scout groups for several years now. But what is the Jamboree on the Air?

JOTA is an annual event that takes place on the third full weekend of October, during which Scout troops from all over the world communicate with each other using Amateur Radio – the Scouts’ experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via the radio waves. Modern communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home (or the group ‘hut’).

Since 1958, when the first Jamboree on the Air was held, thousands of Scouts have “met” each other through these events. Not only is it fun to talk to Scouts from other parts of the world but it also provides a chance to find out about other countries and how Scouting differs around the world.

Enjoying JOTA at the 48th Southport Air Scouts

Enjoying JOTA at the 48th Southport Air Scouts

JOTA is also a great opportunity to learn about radio communication technology and earn the Scouts Communicator badge. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted long standing friendships between individual Scouts and/or troops that otherwise might never have come about.

Many Scout leaders hold Amateur Radio licences and have their own Amateur Radio equipment, but the majority of troops participate in JOTA through special event stations established and operated by local Amateur Radio clubs.

How to take part in JOTA?

If you would like the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club to help you run a JOTA special event station for your Scout Troop please try and contact us at least four months before the date the event is to run.

Scout Leaders – get licensed!

Have you thought about the benefits of becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator yourself?

The Southport & District Amateur Radio Club run both Foundation courses and Intermediate courses, and their associated exams, regularly during the year.

If you’re ready to step up to the Advanced license we can also help prepare you for the Advanced Course. We don’t run the exams ourselves, but we can recommend a nearby venue.

For further information, please contact us.