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.

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Next Scout Air Researcher Badge take over day- Thursday 16th August 2018

We are pleased to announce that RAF are hosting another Scout Air Researcher badge take over day at the RAF Museum Cosford on Thursday 16th August 2018.

The day is run by expert RAF STEM Ambassadors. Scouts can take part in a number of exciting workshops and activities to achieve the Air Researcher Activity Badge. At the end of the day, each group is presented with the Air Researcher Badge. 

Places are limited and based on a first come first served basis. Costs: £2.00 young person and FREE for Leaders.

For more information and to sign up to the event

Any further questions around the event, please email [email protected]

STEM Residential weeks 2018

As part of the forthcoming RAF centenary in 2018, the Royal Air Force will be running a number of STEM residentials at various RAF units across the United Kingdom.

The first of which takes place from Sun 8th April  through to Fri 13th April 2018 at RAF Wittering. This will showcase both RAF Engineering and Logistics.  This course is free and includes meals and accommodation for the week.

Other dates: 28th May -1st June at RAF Benson , Wallingford  & 6th-10th August RAF Cosford . These dates are for 14-15 girls only. This course is free and includes meals and accommodation for the week.

This course is for all Uniformed Youth Organisations and is aimed at young people aged 14 or 15 at the start of the course. Throughout the week all young people will work towards earning an Industrial Cadet and CREST Award both at Silver Level.

This course at RAF Wittering is only for Uniformed Youth Organisations and the RAF are keen to ensure that all organisations are represented on this historic occasion. Although there will be no leaders present all RAF employees are DBS checked and abide by safeguarding procedures. 

Places are by application only. Please apply using the link below

Air shows

Next Summer from July 2018, the RAF are hosting a number of events at the following sites. 

The Royal International Tattoo- RAF Fairford - Swindon - 13th - 15th July 2018

The Air Tattoo, one of the UK's premier outdoor events, returns next summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family.  FREE entry for accompanied under-16s!

More information about The Royal International Tattoo

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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.


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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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