Boy Scout Troop 219

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2017 BSA

JOTA  Camporee

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 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.


Sign Up Is Required ($12 per person)

Sign Up By: October 14th - Don't Wait!!


Please note Scouts are responsible for their own meals

Friday 10/20/2017

1700  Arrival, dinner and set up 

1930  Campfire, Skits and Smores

2030  Manhunt (we have the whole fairgrounds!)

2200  Lights Out

Saturday 10/21/2017

0430  Radio Stations Open for the bravest of Scouts

0600  Revile and more Radio Time for sleepy heads

0700  Breakfast

0830  Scouts coming for Saturday day program arrive

0845  Opening Ceremony / Flags 

0900  Morning Program Opens - Station Rotation

1200  Lunch 

1330  Afternoon Program Opens - Stations and John Bont Course

1700  Dinner

1930  Campfire, Skits, Smores, Closing Ceremony

2030  Radios Open into the wee hours of Sunday Morning

Sunday 10/22/2017

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.