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Air Researcher Activity Badge

The RAF are proudly partnering with the Air Researcher Activity Badge and will be creating resources to support the badge. To find out more, visit scouts.org.uk/raf

Here’s what you need to do to earn this badge.

  1. Research one historical aspect of flight, and share what you find out with the Troop. You might like to find out about:
    • the development of aviation or flight over a period of time agreed with your assessor
    • balloons or airships, from their first appearance to the present day
    • a type of aero engine, such as a jet or piston engines in general, or a specific engine like the Rolls Royce Merlin
    • the development of an aircraft type, like a Spitfire, Boeing 747, Harrier, Stealth Bomber, space shuttle or the Wessex helicopter. You could find out details about its history, role and  achievements.
  2. While you’re doing your research, visit at least one place of interest that relates to your chosen subject. It could be a museum, an air display or an aeronautics factory.
  3. Present what you have found out. Your presentation should include a model that you have made based on your subject. You should also include diagrams and pictures wherever you can.

Top tips

If you’re visiting an airfield be sure to know the Scouting rules. Your leader can find these at scouts.org.uk/por



Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


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