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Introduction to Air Scouting

Air Scouting has the same Purpose and Values as any other Scout Troop, and delivers the same Programme, but with an aeronautical twist.

In Air Scouting, air and aeronautical activities are used as the basis of delivering the Scouting Programme. Air Scouting was established in 1941, and celebrated it’s 75th anniversary in 2016.

In the Scout section, Air Scouting may exist as an Air Scout Group, or there may be an Air Scout Patrol within a typical Scout Troop. Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts in an Air Scout Group follow the same programme as all other Beavers and Cubs, albeit with the likelihood of some air-based activities being provided.

Explorer Air Scouts can be found in Units, and may be directly linked through partnership agreements to Air Scout Groups. Some Air Scout Groups or Units become recognised by the Royal Air Force.


Air Scouts may wear a light blue shirt and an Air Scout beret with cloth badge/metal badge.  Further information about Air Scout uniform, and the placement of badges, can be found in Chapter 10 of POR.

There is also a navy blue sweatshirt and navy blue baseball cap available as activity wear.

Forming or changing to an Air Scout Group

Very few Groups have been Air Scout Groups from their formation. Often within an existing Group, a leader who is interested in air activities will start to provide more air activities. 

This can result in the whole Group becoming an Air Scout Group, an Air Troop running in conjunction with a land Troop and/or a Sea Troop, or an Air Patrol being run in a Troop.

A Group may decide to become an Air Scout Group and change their uniform accordingly, if air activities play a major part in the Programme.  Groups in which the Scout Troop is an Air Scout Troop may adopt the title Air Scout Group.

The Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts within an Air Scout Group are not known as 'Beaver Air Scouts' or ‘Cub Air Scouts’, as this specialisation starts in the Scout section.

Aircraft Recognition List

The list of aircraft has been produced to support the requirements of the Scout Air Spotters' Activity Badge and the relevant sections of the Air Activities Staged Activity Badge. It is a representative range of aircraft in current use, most of which are regularly seen in this country. This can be found here.


Grants can be applied for through our Development Grants Board, to support the costs of relevant equipment, training and flight experiences, for all Air Scout Groups or Units. For more information click here.


If you are Leader of an Air Scout Group or Unit, or interested in Air Scouting, you are welcome to join the UK Air Scouting Facebook group. This is managed by our UK Specialist Adviser for Air Scouting, and is a platform for discussions, networking and sharing ideas.


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