The K2BSA operation at the 2013 Jamboree set a goal to facilitate 400 Scouts earning the Radio Merit Badge during the 10 days of the Jamboree. With that goal in mind, Ron Wood, K0BRO, and his team developed a laser-focused presentation that covered the amateur radio option’s requirements in an order that focused first on the on-the-air operating experience and then a final segment that completed the rest of the requirements. This allowed for a 90-minute classroom segment devoted to the on-the-air experience, a 30-minute segment in the demonstration station getting on the air for the required 10-minute QSO, followed by another 90-minute classroom segment that covered the remaining requirements. This approach resulted in 339 Scouts earning the Radio Merit Badge during the Jamboree. A critical function was lining up the on-the-air contact by the K2BSA demonstration station and a number of hams at home making up the other side of that contact.
You can download the PowerPoint slide deck here.
You can download the Student Workbook here.
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