Scouts tune in to rest of world

Collingham Beavers, Cubs and Scouts recently took part in the 60th anniversary global Jamboree on the Air and Internet event organised by the Worldwide Scout Organisation.

Around 30 members enjoyed events at the village Scout Hut which included a sleep-over for the Scouts.

Otley Amateur Radio Society 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.”

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