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40 years of Radio Scouting experience providing amateur radio and associated activities for the Scouts of Northampton and the surrounding area...
The next Radio Group meeting will be held on
Saturday 18th September 2021 between 10:00 and 16:00
at St Mary's Scout Headquaters.

- Abbey Road, Northampton.
There will be a charge of £2.00 per person attending.
If you're new and would like more details or simply just the meeting address then please get in touch using the email button at the bottom of this page.
AGENDA September 2021
General Radio Listening. Planning for JOTA/JOTI If you think any of the above may interest you then please, Come along and join us in person:

64th Jamboree on the Air -
64 years connecting Scouts!

15th - 17th October 2021 - JOTA/JOTI was a little different due to Covid restrictions but we still ran a virtual Radio Scouting event over the weekend linking up with other Scouts around the world, either via amateur radio, Zoom or Skype. We are hopeful however that for JOTA/JOTI 2021 we will be running a ‘face-to-face’ Radio station at the Overstone campsite when Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers can again get involved in the exciting world of Radio Scouting linking up with the worldwide family of Scouts around the world. More details issuing later

2020 Jota logo;

JOTA & Radio Scouting

Jamboree on the Air is the highlight of the Radio Scouting calendar, when Scouts have the opportunity to share experiences and exchange ideas with some of the 1.5 million young people taking part. This is truly the biggest Scout Jamboree in the world!
The Northampton Scout Amateur Radio Group has taken part in JOTA every year since 1981. Although we're not able to meet you at our radio station in person this year, we hope you will be able to join us on Zoom and help make our "Virtual JOTA" a great success.
Scouts having fun at Jamboree on the Air

The picture says it all - Radio Scouting is great fun! Members of the Northampton Scout Amatuer Radio Group enjoy a break in between visitors at the 56th Jamboree on the Air. Why not come along to our 2020 Virtual JOTA station and join in the fun yourself?

Scouts having fun at Jamboree on the Air in 2013. Why not come along and join in the fun on 17th or 18th October 2020.

NA1WJ at the 24th World Scout Jamboree

Between 22nd July and 2nd August 2019, the 24th World Scout Jamboree in North America at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve were on the air with their own, fully equipped amateur radio station using the callsign NA1WJ. The station will offered an exciting Radio Scouting programme to the Jamboree participants including a contact with the International Space Station.
Radio Scouting and the Scout Training Programme

The Scout training programme provides opportunities for Radio Scouting and associated technology based activities in all sections. Requirements for some of the Challenge Awards and the International Friendship Award can be completed and Activity Badges are also available. In 2014 the new Beaver Scout Communicator Badge was introduced as well as the Digital Maker and Digital Citizen staged badges.

Beaver Scouts from 23rd Northampton (Headlands) Group were some of the first to take part in the new Communicator Activity badge at JOTA 2014

Digital Citizen & Digital Maker  Staged Activity Badges

The Digital Citizen and Digital Maker staged activity badges offer a young person the opportunity of gaining an award appropriate to their individual level of knowledge. Staged badges are available to all sections from Beavers through to Scout Network.

Activity Badge Requirements
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Communicator Communicator Communicator  
Cub Scout Communicator Badge - Click for Requirements Scout Communicator Badge - Click for Requirments  
Experiment   Electronics Science & Technology
  Scout Electronics Badge - Click for Requirements Explorer Scout Science & Technology Badge - Click for Requirements

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