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The next Radio Group meeting will be held on
Saturday 17th October 2020 and Sunday 18th October 2020
This coming weekend October 17th and 18th is the 63rd annual Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet. However, as we are not able to meet up and run a radio station this year, things will be a lot different to what we're used to. Our plan is for our leaders to operate their radio stations where possible at home and meet up on Zoom so we can share any Scouting radio contacts and perhaps allow young people to pass a greetings message over Zoom via the operator's radio station. This is something we haven't tried before apart from a brief test so it's all a little bit experimental. We therefore invite you to visit us at our Virtual JOTA Station during the weekend to see if we can make this happen. It will be a bit like the actual event where Scouts join us and stay for as much time as they wish. We will run the sessions on Zoom, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, from 10am to 12 noon each day. If you are a Scout and would like to join our session, email us at including your JID if possible and we will send you the joining instructions. We look forward to seeing you at this years "Virtual" JOTA/JOTI and, hopefully, we will be able to contact other Scouts who are taking part.

63rd Jamboree on the Air -
63 years connecting Scouts!

16th - 18th October 2020 - JOTA/JOTI will be a little different this year but we still hope to have an exciting programme of Radio Scouting activities running for the weekend, albeit virtually. We are planning to link our Scout amateur radio operators by Zoom and, if possible, we hope to speak to other Scouts around the world, either via amateur radio or via Zoom or Skype. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts can find out how to get more involved in the exciting world of Radio Scouting.

2020 Jota logo; Badges available online from the Scout Store price £1.50 each + £1.50 p&p

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.

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