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Private mobile radios

Private mobile radio (PMR) involves the use of walkie-talkie style radios to communicate with others. It can be used as an activity in its own right, as an element of other activities, or to support the running of events.

The Scout Association holds a licence to operate radios on allocated frequencies throughout the UK. Radio users may be operating within Regions, Counties, Districts or Groups. Some groups use the radios to support a particular function, for example on campsites, or as rescue or first aid teams. Other groups support the general running of events like international camps, national events or long distance hikes. Generally the users will work alongside the organisers of events to help them to succeed in their event with the minimum difficulties. Much of the time the participants do not even know all of the efforts going on in the background to make sure that they enjoy themselves. The users involved in these events come away with the satisfaction of a job well done.

Other associated areas of interest are amateur radio, Jamboree on the Air and Jamboree on the Internet.

How to run/provide private mobile radios

There are 2 ways of running Private mobile radios in Scouting. These are:

  1. Scout-led activity - running private mobile radios yourself or using someone else in Scouting

  2. Externally-led activity - running private mobile radios using an external provider

Factsheets on private mobile radios

The following activity factsheets are relevant to this activity:

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