Scout Participation up nearly 500%
USA participation in Jamboree on the Air surged in 2012 with 204 stations reporting their activities — up 200% from 2011. These stations reported 18,537 Scouts participating — up nearly 500%. Overall, the station reports represented 136 Scout Councils and 41 states. Over 1,000 amateur radio operators were involved in contacting all 50 states and 66 countries — across the country and around the world!
You can see the list of stations and download a full spreadsheet with individual station reports at Jamboree on the Air 2012 Reports
You can also download a comprehensive report on the preparation, promotion, and results along with a compilation of improvements to be considered for the 2013 event.
If you really want to see what goes into organizing a national event like this, I recommend scanning through this report of the National Radio Scouting Committee’s activities over the past year. They rebuilt much of what was put in place for the 2011 event. They also added a number of resources to help stations run a better event with less work on their part. You can further gain insight into the extensive promotion that went on leading up to the event. Check it out by clicking the cover image.
Yet another of my ham radio adventures. This one has a far reaching impact on amateur radio and Scouting.