I want to thank all the members of BRARA for their support in making JOTA (Jamboree on The Air) a hugh success. We had 187 participants, 114 scouts, and 63 Adults (Leaders, Staffers, and Radio Operators). At Saturday council fire Richard Gallant was presented with the ARRL service to scouting awards for all years that Richard ran the JOTA camporee leaving a great legacy. The Martin Country Sheriff Office Mobile Incident Command Unit was onsite for tours and the scouts learned how the MICU is used for mobile communication. This year the scout lashed together pioneering style a radio tower and mast and place my antenna on top. Friday night radio fox hunt as always is a highlight of the weekend. There were 8 radio operators that set up their station and shared their passion for the hobbies with the scouts. The scouts were able to attend one of 12 half day merit badge classes. Most importantly everyone had a great time.
I am already working on the plans to make next year even better. I will be looking to find even more radio operators to setup even more radio station as there was a line of scouts at each station. I think about added 4 additional Merit Badges. I am also thinking about an option where scouts can take a Technician License classes on Saturday with the exam on Sunday. I will need someone to teach the class and 3 VE to administrator the exam. Contact me if you can help out with planning and running this additional feature to the JOTA Camporee. I will also need volunteers for more radio operates to setup their station and help scouts get on the air.
Soon I will have the photos from the camporee posted on a share drive. I will keep everyone post on the planning progress for JOTA Camporee 2023. I hope that we can get a JOTA hashtag for the group. Again a big hand of thank you for the support that I received from BRARA to making JOTA 2022 a successful weekend.
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