CLARA/GOTA February 15th and 16th, 2003
Girl Guides on the Air is a special project of CLARA (The Canadian Ladies Amateur Radio Association) as well as for 'hams' who are interested or involved with the Guide and Scout movement. The idea behind it is to show the guides and their leaders the purpose of amateur radio and the usefulness it can play in many countries around the world. More information and FAQ's can be had by going to: http://www.guidezone.skl.com/i_ha_index.htm
The CLARA contact is Helen VE2YAK firstname.lastname@example.org
How GOTA started:
GOTA began in 1985 to celebrate 75 years of Guiding in Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. GOTA has grown each year with more countries taking part, and most Canadian Call Areas now have an operator sponsoring the GGC suffix e.g. VE4GGC, VE7GGC. There are many Amateur Radio operators, winter camps, clubs, schools, fire halls, Red Cross, churches and Military basis involved with GOTA.
GOTA is held the closest weekend to February 22nd, which is Thinking Day and falls during the week when Girl Guides of Canada celebrates the birthdays of their founders. It is a special thrill for them to communicate with guiding members around the world.