Endeavour Boree Regatta

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.

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

Guides and Scouts have an opportunity to participate in one or more of the Jamboree On The Air activities, as listed below, and receive a JOTA blanket badge.

With some additional work, there is an opportunity to earn a guide challenge or scout proficiency badge.

ON AIR– An opportunity to make voice contact with other Guides and Scouts, somewhere in the world, and exchange information and ideas about their favourite guiding or scouting activities.

Amateur Radio operators will use a selection of different communication mediums from traditional short wave (HF-SSB), FM (frequency modulation) bands, to modern digital communications modes. The Boree Regatta JOTA call sign is VK2LE.

On Air is a group (unit / troop) activity, available in 30 minute time slots. Leaders must register with the Boree Registrar.

FOX HUNT– Two covert radio transmitters (the FOX) will be hidden within the Boree Regatta camp site. Guides and Scouts will have an opportunity to HUNT for the hiding place using radio direction finding equipment. The techniques used are similar to WWII spy transmitter detection — but the equipment is a little more modern.

Fox Hunt is a group (unit / troop) activity. Leaders should allow 20 to 30 minutes for this activity. Leaders must register with the Boree Registrar.

RADIO STATION SETUP – An opportunity for youth members to learn about how to setup and operate a radio station, with the assistance of a qualified radio operator, and earn either a Guide Outer Space Explore challenge badge or Scout Communications proficiency badge.

This activity is for individual guides or scouts aged 10 years or older. This activity is conducted in small groups, under the supervision of a scout or guide leader, taking about 30 minutes.

Leaders must register individual guides / scouts with the Boree Registrar. This activity is only for youth members wishing to earn either a guide challenge or scout proficiency badge.

Guides and Scouts attending the Boree Regatta, have an opportunity to earn a challenge or proficiency badge as part of attending the JOTA radio station. This is an optional individual activity for youth members aged 10 years or older.

Some work will need to be completed prior to attending the Boree Regatta, followed by participating in one of the JOTA activities described above. For more information about the badges available click here.

Leaders must register groups or individual guides and scouts with the Boree Registrar.

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