Scouts and guides on air
A JAMBOREE is well known as a scouting and guiding gathering but lesser known is the Jamboree of the Air, or JOTA.
For 25 years though, local scouts and girl guides have been visiting the Coffs Harbour amateur radio club for their annual JOTA.
Talking on the radio airwaves to scouts and girl guides around the world on Saturday were 35 local girl guides, 13-year-old Susan Pietrzykowski among them.
“I talked to two people in something Creek. The first person kept tarantulas and asked if I did – yuk,” Susan said. “Then Brooke in Adelaide, she was the same age as me, so that was pretty awesome.”
During JOTA, Coffs Harbour and Sawtell guides made contact with the Cook Islands and New Zealand.