Over the third weekend in October each year the worldwide Jamboree on the Air and Internet takes place. The event sees half a million Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio or the internet. It provides a fun and educational Scouting experience, promoting a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement.
For our Cubs and Scouts Frith Grange Campsite was our local JOTA-JOTI hub over the weekend of the 17th & 18th October 2015. Various activities all based around communication were set-up with Scouts sending messages using Semaphore, the phonetic alphabet & morse code using two way radio’s. At the same time Scouts were using the computers to communicate online and the radio station set-up by Southgate Amateur Radio Club to communicate over the air.
One of our Cubs, Lola took part and these are her thoughts on the day;
I really enjoyed myself. What my group did first, was send questions and talk to other cubs or scouts on the computer, I talked to somebody who was from New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, London and Italy. We had to find out what their favourite breakfast was. Some of the favourite breakfasts were: bacon and eggs, pancakes, pasta and porridge. The strangest was pasta. We also had to find out their JID, I only got two and they are: 5gb42u and 3pk23p.
In another activity we had to crack the code: two people would go outside and two other people were inside, people who were inside had to tell them to go forward, backward, left and right, and would have to give the people who were inside the numbers and they would have to crack it. Then they would swap over. The message was: Cubs have fun. Which is so true!