Scouting and Amateur Radio meet at Dayton

RadioScouting250Last week I attended the Dayton Hamvention®, the largest annual gathering of Amateur Radio operators in the world. Amateur, or “ham”, radio and Scouting grew up almost in parallel at roughly the same time. Scouting just observed its hundredth anniversary a few years ago, while radio as a hobby started gaining in popularity in the early nineteen-teens. The American Radio Relay League, the national association for ham radio in the US, was founded in 1914.

Almost from the very beginning, Scouting and radio have gone hand in hand. Continue reading “Scouting and Amateur Radio meet at Dayton”

A Jamboree in your own backyard

Have you ever wanted to attend an international Scouting event, but were unable to make it to one of the World Jamborees, a camporee in another country, or even a local event?

How about attending a Jamboree that literally could be as close as your own backyard, or practically so?

Scouts and Scouters around the world will soon have that opportunity as we are approaching the weekend of Jamboree On The Air, an annual worldwide gathering via amateur radio, sponsored by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. Continue reading “A Jamboree in your own backyard”