Digital jamboree for local Scouts
Thanks to the generosity of the Mangawhai Club the local Scout group was recently able to attend the World Scout Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) which takes places every year on the third weekend of Octo-ber.
An official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Scouts and Guides can communicate with each other over amateur radio frequencies with the as-sistance of a local ama-teur radio crew.
JOTA is combined with the Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI), an international Scout meeting on the Internet. During the weekend, thousands of Scouts and Guides from all over the world came together to communicate with each other over the Internet using any technologies locally available, from web browsers to email, chat programs, micro-phones, scanners and digital cameras.
Scouts also learned and used Morse code, Kiwi tracker devices, ham radios, and partici-pated in radio orienteer-ing.
“We were very fortu-nate to be able to visit Kelly Tarlton’s, Waiw-era hot pools and North Head where we investi-gated the many tunnels and their purpose in the war effort,” said Scout
leader Jenny Webb.
“Our Scout troop did
us proud. We are very lucky to have so many
wonderful young people in our community.”