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 (STEM).

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 them undertake their role as part of the UK’s defence and as a force for good around the world.  The UK is experiencing a shortfall of suitably qualified young people to fill the growing number of STEM vacancies.

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

2019 Take Over Days

Save the date! We are excited to announce that on Tuesday 29th October 2019 we will be hosting a Takeover Day at Cosford Air Museum to launch our new badge with the RAF - Air Activities! As Air Activities is a staged badge, all sections are invited to attend this event. On the day, we will be doing activities from stages one, two and three.

Price: Leaders attend for free, young people £2 each.

Notes for Leaders: Photographs will be taken on the day for promotional use. Consent forms will need to be signed by parents.

Sign up to attend here!

"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 last summer

The RAF Youth and STEM Team are the lead deliverer for all Youth, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement throughout the entirety of the RAF. As such, the team are involved in a wide variety of different events, activities and programmes, which all aim to engage and inspire the young people to pursue careers in STEM subject areas. They can offer one hour STEM sessions, through to a full day programme and conduct events such as museum takeover days, Lego robotics challenges and glider building competitions. Together with their partners, they aspire to have young people thinking ‘outside the box’ while working as a team to overcome fun and curriculum based STEM challenges. Their STEM activities can cover numerous elements of Scouting Badges from Teamwork, Skills, Builder to Creative and so much more. For more information email [email protected]

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 

Emergency Delivery - Make Do Share April 2019

Ask a Pilot - Make Do Share Autumn 2019


Why not take your group to the RAF Museum, London? The Museum offers free downloadable worksheets designed to help your Scouts complete their Air Activities Badges by discovering, collecting and sharing stories and information. You can download these from the website – click here.

Don’t forget to complete the Book a Group Visit form so the Museum knows to expect you.


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 they 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 their 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 the 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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