Re: [ScoutRadio] Promoting local Hamfests to Scouts
- Thanks for all the excellent thoughts on hamfest and Scouts. I shared your ideas with the rest our planning committee and look forward to a great event. Perhaps we can coordinate a few QSO's with some of the members here on ScoutRadio. Our event is the Greater Houston Hamfest on 23 March 2013 - http://houstonhamfest.org/ .
From: Scott J (Kd5mhm) <kd5mhm@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:40 AM
Subject: Re: [ScoutRadio] Promoting local Hamfests to Scouts
Scott,A few years ago, long before the MOU, I bought tables at the local ham fest, primarily to promote JOTA support by the visiting hams. I created a “slide show” of Scouts having a blast during our meetings and campouts from photos we had available. I use a kitty scratching post to teach knot craft and set it up on a table with a “challenge” to tie a square knot, half-hitch, taut-line hitch, etc. I had handouts I made on how to contact and offer support for JOTA as a ham. I had an email sign-up sheet for getting emails with reminders and tips for the upcoming JOTA.I had a few Scouts in uniform assist with talking with people that stopped by. We were not selling anything, we were just there for people to recall memories and promote JOTA.The results were fantastic. Many hams were also Scouts and tried to remember their knots, swapped stories on their best and worst campouts with the boys, best and worst summer camps, favorite merit badges, and more. Their response to support JOTA was great, many signed up on the email list, some donated to the Scouts for their troop and we got wonderful compliments on the “slide show”. At the end of the ham fest, some vendors asked for help packing up and carrying out their stuff so the boys also earned additional funds at the ham fest. Their kindness to the Scouts was quite unexpected by not atypical.The local club, Midland Amateur Radio Club here in Midland, Texas had no complaints with having a Scout booth at the ham fest.Scottkd5mhmSince ARRL has signed the MOU with BSA, there has been more effort to have Scouting booths/ activities at local hamfests. My question is - what have the local hamfest sponsors been doing to successfully promote to the troops and packs on their local area?
Scott McKee, nt5sm
COR Troop/Pack 1199 SHAC STX