Archive for Scouting Activities

To the Moon and Back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

For JOTA-JOTI 2016 we posted four Advanced Discovery Projects. One of those, To the Moon and Back, has now been published by Science in School, The European journal for science teachers.

The editors at Science in School have made several significant improvements. You can find the full article at this link

To the Moon and back: reflecting a radio signal to calculate the distance

You can also download a PDF file of the article.

Congratulations, Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, World JOTA-JOTI Team Leader for taking this project to the next level and sharing it with so many for the advancement of science in the schools — and in Scouting.

Here’s something for you to try during JOTA-JOTI weekend, or any time that works for your schedule as well as the Moon’s schedule!

Amateur Radio from the USA National Scout Jamboree

As we noted in our post Radio-active this season, there are many national Scout camps on the air this summer. One of those is K2BSA from the USA National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. They will be on the air from 19 to 27 July.

You can see the frequencies, modes, and planned operations at Amateur Radio—Live From the Jamboree.

They also plan to launch an amateur radio high altitude balloon on 20 July. You can learn more about the launch and find links to track the balloon at Jamboree Balloon Tracking. Please note that the links presently shown on that page will not be active until the balloon launches.

You can follow updates during the Jamboree on their social media pages: Facebook and Twitter.

Radio-active this season?

The coming months several large (inter)national Scout camps are held. Equipped with an amateur radio station to make direct contact with Scouts around the globe.

Listen out for them on the World Scout Frequencies, make a contact (and get the special QSL card).

Here’s what we know so far:

30 June – 7 July, LA2SS, Norwegian National Jamboree Nord2017, Bodø, Norway. Skeds: la4mia@nrrl.no

9 – 15 July, VE17JAM, Canadian Scout Jamboree, Nova Scotia, Canada,. Skeds: adunn@scouts.ca

18 – 28 July,  LX4GO, GoUrban 2017, Luxemburg City, Luxemburg. Skeds: lx4go@gourban.lu

18 – 30 July, AN8JAM, National Jamboree, Valleseco  Gran Canaria, Spain. Skeds: vubetar@gmail.com

19 – 28 July, K2BSA, BSA National Jamboree, Summit Bechtel Reserve W-Virginia, USA. Skeds: Jim@K5ND.net

21 – 28 July, 5H3TSA and 5H100JAM, Commemorating 100 years of Scouting in Tanzania.

26 July – 5 August, DP9S, Bundeslager Estonteco, Großzerlang, Germany. Skeds: pa5ul@amsat.org

27 July – 3 August, TF15MOOT, World Scout Moot, Ulfjotsvatn, Iceland. Skeds: PE1MEW@gmail.com

30 July – 5 August, CR6CNE, CNE’s national camp, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal. Skeds: dnr@escutismo.pt

JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide — Get Ready for the Largest Scouting Event in the World

The World JOTA-JOTI Team has prepared a Participant’s Guide. It tells all about the largest Scouting event in the world and how you can get involved.  You can download it at this link JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide or click on the image below.

Top 10 Challenges and Activities in 2016

Here’s the Top 10* Challenges and Activities from JOTA-JOTI weekend in 2016:

  1. John Bont
  2. Scouts Exploring the World
  3. Morse Code
  4. The Earthquake
  5. Advanced Discovery Projects
  6. The Lab
  7. SMS Text Art
  8. Your Space Ship
  9. Free Style
  10. Make Your Goldberg Machine

Of course, JamPuz was the biggest activity during the weekend. But the top 10 above also offered a great deal of fun for Scouts around the world.

Each of these Challenges and Activities are something to think about as you pull your plans together for JOTA-JOTI 2017 – Mark Your Calendars 20 to 22 October 2017.

* This ranking was based on the number of views for each during the JOTA-JOTI weekend.