Scouts learn technology through radio

By Kevin Clark

October 19, 2013 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local boy and girl scouts came from all over the Southern Tier and beyond to learn about technology at the Kopernik Observatory.

Jamboree on the Air taught scouts how to communicate with each other using amateur radios on Saturday.

Scouts learned how to send and receive digital pictures and even spoke with other scouts as far away as Florida.

The event included hands-on activities like building an antenna and using radio signals to find lost hikers.

Observatory leaders said there are many life lessons scouts can learn from the event.

"Expand the scouts' horizons, make them aware of the services amateur radio provides," Observatory Director Drew Deskur said. "But perhaps peak their interest in a future career somewhere in science, technology, engineering, and math."

Scouts were excited about using the radios, and many saw themselves turning it into a possible career.

"I would definitely like to be doing Ham radio when I'm older because it's a really fun hobby to be doing," said Matthew Colavitti, 13, of Tunkhannock, PA.

Jamboree is an international event which involves boy and girl scouts from all over the world.