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Jamboree On The Air 2019
October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) is a Boy Scout event that has been taking place for over 60 years. Scouts from around the world are able to connect via Amateur (HAM) Radios. Three members of the Fox Lake Am. Legion Post 521 (Past Commander – Bob Frank, Sargeant-At-Arms – Len Buchda, & 2nd Vice Commander/Youth Chairperson – Melissa Massey-Peltier) have come together a second year, to offer a JOTA station in the area for any scouts wanting to participate. Bob helped by making arrangements for use of the grounds, Len and his fellow members of the Rock River Radio Club will be providing radios and licensed operators to supervise the use, and Melissa has been the one organizing and trying to get the word out behind the scenes.
The event here will not limited to just Boy Scouting, because Girl Scouting also offers patch programs involving learning about and using Amateur (HAM) Radios. Any area 4-H groups working on the HAM Radio Proficiecy Program is also welcome to attend. This year, we also want to open the experience up to the general public who might be interested, as well. A limited number of materials are available to the scouts (BSA & GSA) wishing to earn their badge/patch.
BSA Scouts wanting to earn the Radio Merit Badge – there will be a merit badge counselor available all weekend. Last year, 7 scouts began the process, 6 completed it. It is not a common badge being earned. There are few Radio badge counselors in the area, so this event offers a unique opportunity. This same counselor is also available to help guide the Girl Scouts working on the Radio & Wireless Technology Patch as well.
For scouting groups in more urban settings, accomodations can be made to help scouts achieve requirements for other outdoor badges/patches/adventures. There will be a central ground fire, any scouts needing to work on fire safety or cooking can utilize that. In designated areas, other activities can be done as well.
For new or young scouts, or maybe families who want to camp but still be close to home – come out and join us. Learn something new, and learn a little about a few of the organizations in Dodge County – and how they work together. Connect with other families with similar interests.
Saturday afternoon, at 6pm, will be a pot luck dinner in the main hall on the grounds. Pulled Pork and Roast Turkey will be provided (prepared to be gluten free), as well as buns. Any and all are welcome, and are asked to bring a suitable veggie or side dish or dessert (not bagged chips, please). *Due to allergies, please refrain from using or clearly label foods containing celery/celery seed (including seasoned salt), pecans, walnuts, peanuts and/or peanut butter.*
Overnight camping space is available, but registration is encouraged, and there is a small fee to help cover grounds use. Gates open 4pm Friday Oct 18, and close 2pm Sunday Oct 20. Families as well as scouting or other organized youth groups are welcome. Pets are not allowed (only Service Dogs, as defined by Title II & Title III of the ADA are allowed).
The event will take place at the Dodge County Antique Power Club grounds, W6505 Cty Hwy B, Burnett. The DCAPC barns, sheds, machinery & exhibits will not be open to the public during this event. Use area is restricted to main hall, bath/shower house
For more information, to register, or if you are a HAM willing to be available to connect with the participants – email: [email protected] or call/text: 920-392-2539