Guides take to the air and cross the world

GUIDES from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen, Woolgoolga and Sawtell joined forces to take part in the 50th Jamboree of the Air (JOTA) over the weekend.

This is a worldwide event when Scouts and Guides around the world attempt to talk to each other via amateur radio.

JOTA liaison for the North Coast Guides, Toni Nyssen, said about 42 Guides took part in the event with nine camping on site so they could take advantage of the better reception conditions at night.

During the small hours the local girls managed to contact Guides in Ireland and in Somerset in England, with the help of members of the Coffs Harbour Amateur Radio Club, who hosted the event at their clubhouse.

Guides and Scouts also cut a cake to celebrate 50 years of JOTA, while this year the Scouts joined in JOTI the Jamboree of the Internet.



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