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The Royal Air Force (RAF)

Check out how the RAF supports our Air Activities staged badge with a range of fantastic STEM resources and events

Why we work together

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is passionate about equipping young people with the skills they need to soar.

The RAF sponsors our staged Air Activities badges across all Scout sections and is on hand to share expert knowledge in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

The RAF provides Scouts with

  • Resources to complete the Air Activities badges
  • Access to STEM-based activities, challenges and competitions
  • The opportunity to attend exclusive events - including museum takeover days - where Scouts can learn from RAF STEM ambassadors and work towards or complete their badges in a single sitting


Badges and resources

With the Air Activities staged badges, all Scout sections can explore the secrets and science of flight. They'll learn about the workings of an aircraft, how to chart a journey across the sky and how to prototype their own flying machine.

Keen to get stuck in? Activities for all six badges are available on the Programme Planning Tool. You can find these activities by clicking on the link under the badge on this page. 

Planning a day trip with your Scouts?

Visiting the Royal Air Force Museums is a great way to bring the Air Activities staged badges and their content to life. Try something new together, entry is often free, or available at a discounted rate for groups. Please check the websites below for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check the opening details on the websites for museums before planning your trip.

Free Scout Takeover Days 2024

Dates for RAF Takeover Days have just been released. Work towards or even complete stage one or two of the Air Activities badge in a single day at RAF Cosford or RAF London Museums. 

  • 18th May 2024 RAF Museum London
  • 28th May 2024 RAF Museum Cosford
  • 7th July 2024 RAF Museum London
  • 12th October 2024 RAF Museum London
  • 12th October 2024 RAF Museum Cosford
  •  29th October 2024 Shuttleworth Museum

Tickets required, please contact the museums for more information 

 

Royal Activities Stage 1 RAF badge

Air Activities Staged Badge

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Cubs enjoying stem activities


Activities, challenges and competitions

The RAF offer a range of hands-on activities for Scouts, from one-hour STEM sessions to full-day programmes, challenges and competitions.

For more information, contact the RAF Youth and STEM team at rafyouthandstem@outlook.com

STEM Learning

Stuck on a STEM badge or activity? Get a boost from a real-life superhero! ‍Ask a STEM Ambassador to join your session.

These free science, tech, engineering, and math experts can help ensure your learning adventures are fun and successful.

Want to know more? Head over to https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/how-to-request-stem-ambassador.


More activities and information packs

During our partnership with the RAF we have created some amazing additional resources which were featured in issues of our Partnerships Magazine, Make Do Share. Download these activities below.


RIAT

On Friday 19th July, the sky above RAF Fairford will be filled with the thrilling sights and sounds of several hundred aircraft of all shapes and sizes and from all eras and countries of the world.

Scouts from across the country will find all sorts of STEM activities taking place on the ground too. Get up close and personal with a huge selection of aircraft and meet the people who fly them and keep them in the sky.

It's a brilliant day out that puts a smile on the faces of many groups and leaders alike. 

What you need to know

Under 18s go FREE
All parties must travel by coach or minibus
The Air Tattoo opens at 7:30am and closes at 6:00pm
The flying display will be from 11.00am until 3.00pm
Techno Zone opens at 8:00am with last entry at 4:30pm
Free of charge tickets for adults accompanying groups of under 18s
Catering, trade stands, toilets, information points and Wi-Fi will be available

Royal International Air Tattoo logo5 Red Arrows in flight

About the 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 air force 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 describes 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."

If you would like to contact the RAF Youth Engagement Team please email them at rafyouthengagement@gmail.com 


About the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT)

The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust (RAFCT) is the youngest member of the Royal Air Force family of charities and has had a significant and positive impact on the lives of many young people. Through the support of a wide range of projects and initiatives, particularly those focused on supporting Science, Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM), the RAFCT strives to improve the lives and opportunities of young people across the UK.