Jamboree On The Air
- Speak with Scouts from all over the US and the world via Ham Radio!
- Build a telegraph!
- Build a J-Pole Antenna!
- Experiment Hands On with Circuits and Electronics!
- Communicate by walkie talkie while navigating our John Bont orienteering course!
- Radios will be open early Saturday and into the wee hours of Sunday morning!
- Nightly campfires with smores and skits!
- Can't camp with us? Come for the Saturday Day Program (Sign Up Still Required)
Please join Lancaster Troop 219 in celebrating this year's 60th anniversary of JOTA - the Boy Scout Jamboree On The Air. Troop 219 would like to invite you to our first annual JOTA campout taking place October 20th thru the 22nd at the Lancaster Fair Grounds. JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world (as reported on scouting.org). JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and Hams (Ham Radio Operators) around the world, around the nation and in our own communities! Open to all Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts - Advanced sign up is required.
Please note Scouts are responsible for their own meals
1700 Arrival, dinner and set up
1930 Campfire, Skits and Smores
2030 Manhunt (we have the whole fairgrounds!)
2200 Lights Out
0430 Radio Stations Open for the bravest of Scouts
0600 Revile and more Radio Time for sleepy heads
0830 Scouts coming for Saturday day program arrive
0845 Opening Ceremony / Flags
0900 Morning Program Opens - Station Rotation
1330 Afternoon Program Opens - Stations and John Bont Course
1930 Campfire, Skits, Smores, Closing Ceremony
2030 Radios Open into the wee hours of Sunday Morning
0800 Revile and Breakfast
1000 Break Camp, Clean Up and Move Out
1200 Gates Close
So Tell Me More About JOTA
Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venturers, including girls. Once at the ham radio station, the communication typically involves talking on a microphone and listening on the station speakers. However, many forms of specialized communication may also be taking place, such as video communication, digital communication (much like sending a message on your smartphone but transmitted by radio), or communication through a satellite relay or an earth-based relay (called a repeater). The exchanges include such information as name, location (called QTH in ham speak), Scout rank, age, and hobbies. The stations you’ll be communicating with can be across town, across the country, or even around the world! The World Scout Bureau reported that the 2016 JOTA had nearly 1.3 million Scout participants from more than 30,000 locations, and reached 156 countries.