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.

Scout Air Researcher Activity Badge

Take Part

We are currently working with the Scouts to produce an activity pack in support of the Air Researcher badge that will give scouts insight into the world of aviation and aerospace from the birth of our organization in 1918 to our Centenary in 2018.

Check back soon for resources!

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."

For more information, head to their website: http://www.raf.mod.uk/