Youth on the Air Camp 2023

July 16-21, 2023

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Carleton University

Check back soon for more information about the 2023 camp!

Applications begin December 1, 2022

Applications completed by January 15, 2023 and first time attendees will be given priority.
We will accept applications through May 31, 2023.

Applicants must be licensed amateur radio operators residing in North, Central, or South America between the ages of 15 and 25.  We welcome ALL hams in our region who meet these requirements.  Applicants outside of the USA and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested in attending a YOTA Camp?

Youth on the Air Camp is for already licensed amateur radio operators between the ages of 15 to 25.  Have a license, but you don't know what to do next?  Come to YOTA camp, and we'll teach you all kinds of cutting edge technology that can be used with amateur radio and connect you to other young hams and mentors in North, Central, and South America.  Already an expert?  We're looking for young hams to take their knowledge to the next level and share their previous knowledge with other young hams.

The camp will focus on building strong relationships with peers and mentors, and developing new radio skills.  The camp is being modeled closely after the popular Youngsters on the Air camps in IARU Region 1 (Europe/Africa/Middle East).

Campers will operate a special event station, featuring cutting-edge HF and VHF/UHF radios that many only dream of having a chance to use... and a wide array of antennas.

Can you donate to our cause?

If you're "age experienced", you can help us get youth more active in ham radio.  Click here to donate to YOTA Camp via PayPal or GoFundMe at EARS, Inc, a 501c3 charitable organization that is sponsoring the inaugural camp located in the Americas.

Need more information?

  1. Sign up for our email list.  We'll send you updates about camp and other YOTA events in the Americas.
  2. Check out the 2022 Camp Handbook!  We will post the 2023 handbook here as soon as it's available.

Camp Details

How much does it cost? What language will be used?  Where will you stay?  Check out the informational flyer about the camp by clicking on the button below. (2022 version)

Projected Camp Timeline:

December 1, 2022 Application Period Begins
January 15, 2023 Priority Application Period Ends
February 1, 2023 Camp Acceptance Emails Sent to Priority Applicants
February 28, 2023 Acceptance Responses Due
May 31, 2023 Forms and $100 Deposit Due; Application period Ends
July 16-23, 2023 Youth on the Air Camp

Press Releases

Click on the button for the press releases about YOTA Camp.

Our Major Sponsors and donors

Titanium - $10,000 and over

Platinum - $5000 - $9999

Gold - $2500 - $4999

Silver - $1000 - $2499

Bronze - $100 - $999


Contributions under $100 will be listed on the GoFundMe Donors Page.

Youth on the Air camp 2021 is an IARU Region 2 Organization supported activity


Interested in volunteering? While we need plenty of volunteers for setup, upkeep, and tear down of the camp, we do have some requirements that we must follow for liability and safety reasons.  Visit our volunteer page for more information.  Background checks and youth protection training are required when working with campers.


Youth Protection Training

We are thankful for our partnership with Scouts BSA for providing the online Youth Protection Training program certification course for all of our volunteers.