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Jamboree on the Air


Jamboree on the Air
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5841 OFFICE BLVD NE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87109, US
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What is JOTA?

When Scouts want to meet young people from another country, they usually think of attending a World Jamboree. But few people realize that each year more than a million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). During the 2014 event, worldwide Scouting participation included 1.1 million Boy Scouts and 200,000 Girl Guides/Gils Scouts, for a total participation of over 1.3 million--the largest Scouting event in the world.

Modern technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without leaving home. JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many contacts made during JOTA have resulted in pen pals and links between Scout troops that have lasted many years. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Some operators use television or computer-linked communications.

For Scouts in the Great Southwest Council, our JOTA will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Council Service Center.  We invite all Scouts (Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts) of any age, plus their families to come by and see what this event is all about.  Licensed radio amateurs and Scouters that hope amateur radio licenses will be there to explain amateur radio and the connection it has with Scouting.  We hope that you come by and visit this yearly event. 

Patches are available for purchase at the High Desert Scout Shop.

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