For at least the last five years, the ARRL has produced a brochure aimed at kids called “Leap Into Amateur Radio.” I don’t know that the frog theme is all that great, but it’s simple and direct and colorful. We’ve passed out hundreds at Field Day and down at our club station at the Hands-On Museum.
Last week, I tried to order a new supply, but when I went to the ARRL website, there was a message, “No items available.” I contacted the sales department, as to when they might be available again, and was told, “The LEAP brochures are in the process of being updated and we do not have a set date as to when they will be ready.” “Great,” I thought, “just in time for Field Day, there will be no literature to hand out to kids.”
Then, I got to thinking that this may be an opportunity to improve on the brochure. Or, come up with something other than a brochure that kids would remember as much or more. Some of the ideas that came to mind, include:
- a “QSL card” with information about ham radio,
- a handout with some kind of game with a ham radio theme that kids could play
- a handout that kids could cut and paste into a paper “ham radio,”
What do you think? Anyone else have other ideas?