Hello, my name is Jane Warden – Assistant County Commissioner Foundation (6-14 years) and this weekend I went to the fabulous JOTA and JOTI event at Eaton Vale.
I have to say I was a little apprehensive as a lot of the language used regarding radio communication as all way over my head, but the team brought together a fantastic experience for all the cubs and scouts that attended and I learnt alot too!
The programme was based around the Communicators Badge, so as well as learning all about radio and call signs, how to relay a message they also touched base with other groups from Russia, Moscow, USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, Gilwell, Costessey, Spixworth and Roughton Mill – just to name a few!
The internet side was based around the secure JOTI chat rooms and again it was a great way for them to chat in a safe environment to young people from around the world – Indonesia, USA, Brazil, and they also established it was snowing in Switzerland – but they didn’t want to build a snowman!
As well as these 2 main activities – the young people also had a go at ‘fox hunting’ using radio masts looking for a signal around the site, a great telephone quiz and also part of the cub badge was to write and email – Matthew got quite a lot into his inbox – (one of which is below)
thank you for a lovely day at eaton vale.I have enjoyed my time at jota /jamboree on the air.
love charlie boast wangungu pack 1st taverham.
Overall a great experience for the young people who attended, the leaders also said they learnt a lot! Thank you to the great technical team of Shew, David and Emily plus the volunteers from the Norfolk Amateur Radio club who made it all possible!
I think they may already be planning a larger event for next year…