Collingham Scouts Are Live On Air To The World

Collingham Beavers, Cubs and Scouts recently took part in the 60th anniversary global Jamboree on the Air and Internet event, which is run in October every year by the Worldwide Scout Organisation.

Around 30 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts joined in the event over the weekend of 21/22 October at Collingham Scout Hut, which included a ‘sleep-over’ for the Scout Section (10-14 year olds).

The event was run in conjunction with Otley Amateur Radio Society, who set up a radio station inside the Scout Hut to enable the members of the 1st Collingham Kingfishers Scout Group to talk with other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from many countries around the world.  They were also able to chat with their counterparts online using a secure Scout Association internet chat room.

Scout Leader, Colin Taverner, commented “this was a fantastic opportunity for our young people to embrace the worldwide movement of Scouting and talk to, and learn about, life and Scouting in countries all around the world.  It was lovely to see the buzz of excitement as they made contact with someone from a ‘new’ country and one of them went dashing off to the world map on the wall to ‘put the pin in’.  Over the weekend, we managed to make contact with Scouts from 75 different countries spread right across the globe from Canada to New Zealand”.

He added: “We were very grateful to Otley Amateur Radio Society for their help and support for this event, which added a ‘real life’ element alongside the internet chat room”.

Otley Amateur Radio Society is a friendly group of people of all ages who share a common interest in Amateur Radio communications. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in Amateur Radio and related technologies.  The Society meets at 7pm each Tuesday at Clifton Village Hall, Newall Carr Road, Newall with Clifton, Otley, LS21 2ES. For more details, visit: www.otleyradio.org.

Membership enquiries for 1st Collingham Scout Group (for boys and girls aged 6-14) should be directed to: 1stcollinghamscouts@gmail.com.