Air Scouts (11 - 15)

The Air Scout section is the younger half of the core Scout section of the Group.  The Scout section has been developed for young people (aged 10½ to 15). Boys & girls typically come to the Troop from Wolf Cubs or join at 11 and progress through Scouts until they are 15 years old – when they join Senior Scouts.

What is Scouting?
Scouting (also known as the Scout Movement) aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development, that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills.  Mostly it is all about learning to enjoy the countryside and making the most of life's opportunities.
Scouting is not, however, just another after school club.  Scouting helps young people discover themselves, and experience new activities and outdoor adventure.  In addition to the weekly meetings, Scouts are encouraged to work through the Award Scheme and earn badges to show the different skills that they have been working on. 
Another important aspect to Scouting is learning to take an active role in the wider community.  A few times a year Scouts will be expected to attend events.  These include taking part in the local Remembrance Parade in Fakenham (although attendance at the church service following the parade is optional), and other occasional Royal British Legion events.  We also expect members to support Group fundraising activities. 

Award Scheme
A Scout takes part in a variety of events and activities during their Scouting career & progress through a series of badges that show ability and skill whilst developing self confidence.

The aim of badge work is to show the Scout’s achievement through challenge, recognition of skills outside of Scouting & activities run within regular weekly meetings; & develop new skills to equip him or her for life. The badge scheme also runs in parallel to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, so Scouts can access their Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards as part of the B-PSA.

An important part of Scouting is giving the Scout the opportunities to consider their own attitude toward others & themselves. Scouting is about teamwork, adventure & friendship.

Outdoor Adventures
A significant part of the Scout programme revolves around the great outdoors; using skills learned to enjoy camping, hiking, survival and cooking.  As an Air Scout unit we also include as many aviation opportunities as possible, including building models, visiting museum and airfields and offering flying experiences in simulators, gliders and powered aircraft.  We aim to ensure that each member has the opportunity to fly an aircraft during their time with us.

Scouting also provides those who attend with the opportunity to take part in an array of adventurous activities, from climbing & abseiling to kayaking & canoeing.   There is also the opportunity to travel to international camps (Jamborees) & enjoy camping in the backwoods. 

A uniformed Movement
The uniform for this section is designed to be practical for use on parade, outdoors and on airfields, and consists of dark trousers, a RAF blue shirt, RAF beret and the group red necker.  All uniform items can be loaned to members free of charge while they are with us, on the condition that they are returned clean and complete on moving up / leaving.  Alternatively RAF uniform shirts and berets can be purchased from a range of suppliers.

Air Scouts meet on Fridays, from 6.30 to 8.30, at our headquarters or other arranged locations.  Camps and additional activities take place at weekends and during school holidays.

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