KOLKATA: Hundreds of scouts and guides from West Bengal communicated with their peers from across the globe over radio from their camp in Ganganagar , North 24 Parganas, during the 62nd Jamboree-On-The-Air ( JOTA ) that concluded on Sunday. This was the world’s largest digital scouting event. This year, Bharat Scouts & Guides tied up with the West Bengal Radio Club ( WBRC ), Indian Academy of Communication & Disaster Management (IACDM), All India Radio and National Institute of Amateur Radio for it.
“A World Jamboree is an event where scouts and guides from across the world come together. Every year, over a million of them get together over the air waves during JOTA. In the past, scouts and guides had to assemble physically to interact. Modern technology has enabled them to make friends in other countries without leaving home. They use amateur radio to speak with scouts and guides from other countries. Just as in the past, the relations built during such interactions sometimes last a lifetime. Links between scout troops from various countries have often lasted for years after Jamborees,” a scoutmaster from West Bengal said.