Amateur Radio is a service licensed by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Amateur Radio allows the licensee to take part in many activities that provide service to the community, teach radio technology and teach communication techniques, while having fun. There is a long history of Amateur Radio and Scouting working together to allow youth to take part in the fun and learning.
The Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America has a larger than average portion of its membership holding Amateur Radio Licenses. Venture Crew 73 is chartered by the Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) the specializes in teaching Amateur Radio while enjoying traditional Scouting activities. GARS and other radio clubs in Northeast Georgia provide many demonstrations of Amateur Radio and Scouting throughout the area. One of the most important and fun opportunities is Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) which takes place the third weekend in October. JOTA allows Scouts around the country and around the world to learn about Amateur Radio and communicate with other Scouts. Scouts also can learn radio in greater depth by taking the Radio Merit Badge.