JOTA Participation Surges Nearly 500 Percent
The number of reports from the U.S. in this year’s Jamboree-on-the-Air surged 200 percent from 2011, with 204 stations reporting their activities. These stations reported 18,537 Scouts participating—an increase of nearly 500 percent! Overall, the station reports represented 136 councils and 41 states. More than 1,000 amateur radio operators were involved in contacting all 50 states and 66 countries around the world.
To see the list of stations and download a full spreadsheet with individual station reports, please visit www.scouting.org/jota/event_report_form.aspx. Also, an overview video with photos of Scouts on the air can be found at vimeo.com/53799694 or at youtu.be/sjwv4SUZ9a0.
K2TD Event, Burlington County Council, New Jersey, using ICOM loan station:
“I do not think I can precisely express in words the wonderful experience for all involved, but in a very special way for all our youth, the Scouts. These young individuals had in about 30 hours combined lessons that will last a lifetime. They learned about geography, physics, math, languages, world citizenship, science, friendship, teamwork, and so many other skills that most kids their age are never able to experience. These kids’ minds have been stamped forever with the experience of communicating with other human beings around the corner and across the world.”
— Max Stiles, BSA unit commissioner, after attending JOTA event