Jamboree-on-the-Air Participation Up Nearly 500 Percent

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U.S. participation in Jamboree-on-the-Air surged in 2012 with 204 stations reporting their activities—up 200 percent from 2011. These stations reported 18,537 Scouts participating—up nearly 500 percent. Overall, the station reports represented 136 Scout councils and 41 states. More than 1,000 amateur radio operators across the country and around the world were involved in contacting all 50 states and 66 countries.

A list of stations is available on the JOTA 2012 Report page, as well as links to a full spreadsheet with individual station reports and a complete report of the 2012 event.

An overview video with photos of Scouts on the air is available on vimeo and on youtube.

The 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