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K2BSA Amateur Radio Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: The Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that operates to support Radio Scouting activities and is considered the amateur radio station for the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council. It is the trustee for the K2BSA call sign, supports Jamboree on the Air and other Scouting events, and operates at the National Scout Jamboree where it operates a demonstration station, teaches the Radio Merit Badge, conducts an ARDF---Foxhunting course, and other amateur radio activities during the course of the Jamboree.

Results: Have recruited 50+ amateur radio operators for the National Scout Jamboree in 2013 at the Summit in West Virginia. Established key sponsorships of equipment for use at the Jamboree and following the Jamboree on a permanent basis.

Programs: Programs include call sign use for Scouting events, promotion of all Radio Scouting activities via website and social media, active leadership and financial support for the amateur radio activities at the National Scout Jamboree.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

K2BSA serves as a vital bridge between Boy Scouts of America and amateur radio. These organizations all foster exciting opportunities to learn and expand horizons of youth and adults alike. They exemplify service to others. The Radio Merit Badge was my youngest son's favorite. That led him and myself to get our Amateur Radio License and we're continuing to learn and want to pursue how we can use this hobby to help the community in case of emergencies and other needs.



Rating: 5

As an Amateur Radio Operator, ARRL Volunteer Official, and lifetime Scouter, I have witnessed the tremendous number of young people that the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association has introduced to Amateur Radio. By it's support of the Radio Scouting program, it's fair to say that no other organization has done more to promote our hobby to youth.

The operation is totally volunteer run with no paid staff. It also has successfully worked with manufacturers to get them to donate or loan equipment and supplies to further these efforts. Donations are carefully tracked and monitored.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served as volunteer president and treasurer of this non-profit since June 2011. It has made great strides in reviewing mission/goals, setting up sound financial reporting procedures, and establishing strong communication to the amateur radio and Scouting communities. Donations have begun to arrive to support its primary function of communicating and supporting Radio Scouting in the USA. It's key annual event, Jamboree on the Air, held the third weekend of October, saw significantly improved participation in 2012. It's National Scout Jamboree operation is set for July 2013 with several major sponsors already signed up to provide equipment. You can't go wrong in supporting this organization with it's all volunteer staff allowing every dollar to have a direct impact on Radio Scouting.