The Royal Air Force is delighted to be working in partnership with the Scouts and to sponsor the Air Researcher Badge as part of a strategy to inspire and enthuse young men and women about Science Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Operating at the leading edge of technology and with a workforce of 31,000 of which 50% are engineers, the RAF relies on a constant inflow of talented and motivated young people to help us undertake our role as part of the UK’s Defence and as a force for good around the world.  The UK is suffering from a shortfall of suitably qualified young people to fill the growing number of STEM vacancies in the Labour Market.

We are especially keen to encourage young women to consider non-traditional, technical career pathways and we are working hard to help as many young people as we can to be the best they can be, in whatever specialization they choose to follow.

Take over days for 2019

Save the date! Wednesday 17th April we will be having a take over day at RAF Hendon for 150 Scouts where the Scouts will be able to do their Air Researcher badge using the knowledge and skills of the staff & volunteers. The take over days are extremely fun & informative. Watch this space for more news on  this & other take over days soon.

'It was a really good day, Scouts had fun, and the RAF staff were very friendly.  There were plenty of resources available and enough space for all' Richard, Scout leader who attended a take over day in Cambridgeshire this summer

Scout Air Researcher Activity Badge

Download the new resources!

RAF Air Researcher Badge Resource Pack

Make Do Share Winter 16 - Lolly stick bi-plane activity download

Lancaster PDF

Red Arrows - cut out

Red arrows template Make Do Share March 18

RAF Quiz Answers - Make Do Share July 2018 

RAF Background Info - Make Do Share July 2018 



This Link takes you to all group bookings for all IWM within the UK.

Admission to IWM London is free.
Admission to IWM Manchester is free.

IWM Duxford offers a special group rate for any group of 10 or more.  Children aged 15 and under are charged £6.55 each. Over 16 are charged £12.25 each.    With a pre-booked group we also offer free admission for 1 adult for every 10 children.  All additional adults are charged £12.25 each.  The visit must be booked by completing our on-line Visit Request form.


This is the best site for all UK aeronautical UK based museums, it has links to every museum in the UK

About RAF

The RAF is the air component of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces. (The other Services being the Royal Navy and British Army). It is the oldest independent airforce in the world. The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the United Kingdom and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security." The RAF describe its mission statement as "... [to provide] An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the UK Defence Mission." The mission statement is supported by the RAF's definition of air power, which guides its strategy. Air power is defined as "the ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behaviour of people or the course of events."

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