Affiliations and Awards
Sywell Air Scout Group is RAF recognised. This means we have been assessed by RAF personnel to rigorous standards, and have proved that we deliver a consistently exciting and fulfilling Aviation programme to our young people. As a result we have access to RAF bases and resources.
Royal British Legion (RBL) affiliation
Our Merlin Cubs, Air Scouts and Spitfire Air Explorers regularly support Royal British Legions events, and undertake fundraising activities so we are proud to have gained RBL affiliation.
Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) affiliation
The Royal Air Force Association have also recognised our commitment to youth in aviation and awarded us affiliation for the work we do alongside them.
Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) affiliation
As a member of Northamptonshire Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC) we enjoy the benefits of being able to use Benham Sports Centre and their national network of residential educational centres. Our members are able to enjoy residential courses on leadership, fun sessions including roller skating and rock climbing and educational seminars on important matters such as e-safety.
We were delighted to awarded NAYC Group of the Year 2018, with our Assistant Group Scout Leader Ellie Doak also being awarded a Distinguished service award.
Wellingborough District Scouts Nighthawk Challenge winners
2017 and 2018 have seen our Air Scouts win the Wellingborough District Scouts Nighthawk challenge. This tough competition, in the depths of winter, involve a night exercise completing a series of back to basic scouting skill bases and team challenges.
Light Aircraft Association (LAA) Youth Challenge
Our Air Scout team won second place in the LAA’s Youth challenge event. The team had a great day taking part in aviation activities. The team had to give a presentation to aviation experts on an aircraft that had researched in advance, pointing out special features and historical aspects of flight.
FAI International Young People’s Aviation Art competition “Flying in the Future” UK selection competition
Supported by the LAA we were able to enter several of our members into the UK selection process for this prestigious international art competition.
A judging day was held at LAA HQ with the panel including Philip Whiteman, editor of Pilot magazine, Rhody Sims, photographer, and LAA CEO Steve Slater along with Michael Turner, Chairman of GAvA, to choose the winning entries. After much deliberation 8 entries were declared as the UK winners of which 4 were members of Sywell Air Scout Group. Bonnie’s entry from the Junior section and Alex, Will and Ben’s entries from the Intermediate section were submitted to the FAI International final.
RAF 100 Engineering Finalists
Our Spitfire Air Explorer Unit reached the finals of the 2018 RAF 100 engineering competition. As one of the top 15 youth teams selected, we were the only Air Scout Group. Judging is in September 2018 so watch this space.