Guides TDOTA

Girl Guides Thinking Day on the Air

Girl Guides logoThe Southport & District Amateur Radio Club have been running Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) events for the Scouts for several years now, and is also able to run Thinking Day on the Air (TDOTA) activities too. But what is Thinking Day on the Air?

Thinking Day on the Air is an opportunity for the members of the Guide Association, from the youngest Rainbow to the oldest Trefoil Guild member, to talk to other members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world using Amateur Radio.

The event is held annually on the 22nd February, Thinking Day, because it is Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s (founder of the Scout and Guide movements) birthday. On this day members of the  World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) remember the founders of the movement and take part in various activities to think about their sisters around the world.

It wasn’t until 1985 that Thinking Day on the Air was established and thousands of Guides have since “met” each other through these events. Not only is it fun to talk to Guides from the four corners of the globe but it also provides a chance to find out about other countries, their customs and their cultures.

Girl Guides' Communicator Badge

Girl Guides' Communicator Badge

Furthermore, Thinking Day on the Air is a great opportunity to learn about radio communication technology and earn the Guides Communicator and Guides on the Air badges. Many contacts made during TDOTA have resulted long standing friendships between both individual Guides and whole units.

Many Guide leaders hold Amateur Radio licences and have their own Amateur Radio stations, but the majority participate in TDOTA through special event stations operated by local radio clubs such as the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club.

How to take part in TDOA?

If you would like the Southport & District Amateur Radio Club to help you run a Thinking Day on the Air event for your Guide Unit, please contact us approximately four months before the event is to run.

Guide Leaders – get licensed!

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

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

We can also help prepare you for the Advanced Course, the exams for which are held four times a year at a nearby venue.

For further information, please contact us.