Northampton Scout Amateur
1981            Radio Group            2018

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Over 36 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 24th February 2018

at Far Cotton Scout HQ, Oxford Street, Northampton. NN4 8HE
(at junction with Abbey Road and Thirlstane Crescent)

60th Jamboree on the Air -
60 years connecting Scouts!

20th - 22nd October 2017
- We had an exciting programme of Radio Scouting activities planned for Scouts at Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet this year. This included the chance to speak to other Scouts around the world via amateur radio and chat via the internet. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were able to work on their Communicator activity badge and find out how to get more involved in the exciting world of Radio Scouting. Why not come along to our next monthly meeting and take part.


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 500,000 Scouts 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. We will be running this years Jota station from Spotley Wood, Grafton District's Scout campsite located near Yardley Hastings.

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 2018 JOTA station and join in the fun yourself?

8N23WSJ at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree

Between 29th July and 7th August 2015, the 23rd World Scout Jamboree at Yamaguchi in Japan was on the air with their own, fully equipped amateur radio station using the callsign 8N23WSJ. The station offered an exciting Radio Scouting programme to the Jamboree participants.

Scouts having fun at Jamboree on the Air in 2013. Why not come along and join in the fun on 20th or 21st October 2018.

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.


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. 

Digital Maker Staged Activity Badges - Click to view requirements


Activity Badge Requirements

Beaver Scout Communicator Badge - Click for Requirements



Cub Scout Communicator Badge - Click for Requirements


Scout Communicator Badge - Click for Requirments


Scout Electronics Badge - Click for Requirements


Explorer Scout Science & Technology Badge - Click for Requirements

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New Look Website for
Radio Scouting in the UK

Radio Scouting is the unique combination of amateur radio with the Scouting programme. This website is a resource centre for Radio Scouting groups based in the UK.


.....and updates for our own website coming soon.

We have started to update our website too. The Scout Training Programme is changing and we need to include new Radio Scouting opportunities, new badges and a new design. Please revisit our pages to see how we are getting on.

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

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NSARG Information Page

NSARG Home Page

Jamboree on the Air

Radio Scouting Links

NSARG Photo Gallery

Radio Scouting Resources

Radio Scouting Souvenirs

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Our site was last updated on 6th December 2017.