A Balanced Programme
Air Scouting has the same Purpose and Values as any other Scout Group, and delivers the same Programme, but with an aeronautical twist.
The Balanced Programme contains a great deal of flexibility and is designed primarily for participation and youth involvement. It can therefore be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for any young person, whatever their age or ability.
Our Cubs, Scouts and Explorers are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities as part of their programme including traditional Scouting skills, such as camping, survival and backwoods cooking, as well as a wider spectrum of adventurous activities, from abseiling to zorbing. As an Air Scout group we offer age appropriate flying activities for all our members.
As an Air Scout Group we aim to fly 3-4 times a year and our whole programme is based around air activities. We regularly visit air shows, museums and local air fields. We organise visits from civilian and military aviation experts and pilots who give seminars and talks on their specialist areas.
Badges and Awards
There is a range of badges and awards available to young people in all sections which are age appropriate.
Many of the badges available are activity badges, which allow Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests.
Gaining a challenge badge involves accomplishing a number of more ambitious tasks within the section or wider community. Our members should aim to achieve all 9 of these to receive their Chief Scouts Award which is the highest accolade within their section be it Cubs, Scouts or Explorers.
- World Challenge Award
- Skills Challenge Award
- Creative Challenge Award
- Outdoors Challenge Award
- Adventure Challenge Award
- Expedition Challenge Award
- Teamwork Challenge Award
- Team Leader Challenge Award
- Personal Challenge Award
Aviation specific badges
There are a vast array of badges available to work towards but as a Group we like to allow our members to progress all the way through the Air activities staged activity badge scheme.
Young Leaders Scheme
Wellingborough District Scouts also offer a Young leader training scheme for 14- 18 year olds that we encourage all our Explorers to join. This gives them with the information and skills they need to volunteer within Scouting or any community organisation.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Scout Association recognises the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme and works closely with Explorers (aged 14 to 18) to encourage them to gain this prestigious award by providing support, volunteering and expedition opportunities to help them achieve all that is required as well as offering a Scouting equivalent in the Chief Scout’s award programme.