Scouts - Guides - Amateur Radio - JOTA - Challenge & Proficiency Badges

The information on this web page is provided by The St George Amateur Radio Society for the assistance of Scouts and Guides, their leaders and parents.

The information is related to the hobby of amateur radio, Jamboree On The Air and scout and guide communication and technology proficiency badges.

Jamboree On The Air, JOTA, is a combined, world wide activity between Guides, Scouts and Amateur Radio groups that takes place during October each year. The Amateur Radio network is used so that Guides and Scouts can talk to each other and exchange information and ideas — a Jamboree on the air.

Members of The St George Amateur Radio Society will be operating an amateur radio station, for Jamboree On The Air, at the Endeavour Boree Regatta.

For more information about JOTA click here

The Endeavour Boree Regatta is combined scout and guide event, held in October each year, with participation by groups from South Metropolitan Region Scouts and the Southern Sydney Rivers Region Girl Guides.

The present aim of the weekend is to share the Boree Fire of Friendship with young members of both movements.

Guides and Scouts have an opportunity to participate in Jamboree On The Air, hunt for a fox and earn either a guide challenge or scout proficiency badge.

For more information about participating in JOTA at the Endeavour Boree Regatta, click here.


Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

Welcome to Amateur Radio - a video explains amateur radio.

The Foundation amateur radio licence is the entry level into the exciting hobby of amateur radio. Foundation level training and assessment weekends are held periodically by members of The St George Amateur Radio Society. For more information click here.



The St George Amateur Radio Society is currently accepting applications for Foundation License Training and Assessment weekends in 2015. Dates are as follows;

  • February 20th & 21st 2016

  • further weekends will be scheduled in 2016

Many Guides and Scouts around the world enjoy the hobby of amateur radio. There is no age limit to becoming an amateur radio operator.

To operate an amateur radio you need to obtain a license and be registered with the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

With the introduction of a new entry level Foundation License, training courses have been established to help new comers to obtain their amateur radio license.

Anyone can start to participate in the exciting hobby of Amateur Radio by reading the Foundation License Manual and attending a weekend of training with approved assessors. Manuals are available from SGARS.

For applicants under 18 years of age, the assessment fee is only $35.00. The amateur radio license fee is currently $75.00 with a $51 annual licence renewal fee after the first year. Amateur Radio Operators badge is available to scouts and guides who have obtained an amateur radio license. Your entry to amateur radio and the special badge is only one easy step away. Do not delay as positions fill up quickly. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Training and assessment is provided by members of The St George Amateur Radio Society (SGARS), who hold a current Working With Children Check.

SGARS also set up and operate the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) station each year at the Boree Regatta. For more information about Foundation Amateur Radio license, JOTA or SGARS email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jamboree On The Air or JOTA is an opportunity for half a million Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio.

The use of amateur radio means that many scouts and guides get the opportunity to discover the skills of wireless radio techniques and electronics. JOTA is also the only event that offers each individual scouts and guides the opportunity to speak to others across the world.

JOTA is held over the third full weekend in October and this year the 58th Jamboree On The Air is over the weekend 17th and 18th October 2015.

This is an excellent opportunity for scouts and guides to communications with others and experience the modern technology used by amateur radio operators world wide.

The best way to participate in JOTA is to make contact with a amateur radio club in your local area. Contact details for radio clubs can be found at and select Radio Clubs in the top menu.

Again this year, The St George Amateur Radio Society will be hosting the 58th Jamboree On The Air weekend as part of the Boree Regatta, expected to be the largest JOTA station in Australia with over 1000 scouts and guides in attendance. There will be an oppurtunity for guides and scouts to earn communication and technology proficiency badges. Click here for more details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information about the Boree Regatta can be found at