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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

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The Royal Air Force (RAF)

See 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.

New Scientist Live - Free Tickets

We're pleased to announce that the RAF has secured the Scouts free tickets to New Scientist Live on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October at the ExCel, London with 500 tickets available on each day!

It promises to be a fun-packed day, featuring amazing exhibits where you can meet the scientists at the leading-edge of discovery and get hands on with the latest science and innovations. With the new RAF Red Arrows experience, a hospital of the future, a VR roller coaster and much more, you’ll find something to surprise and delight.

Please fill in the form and we'll email you the promo code details along with how to book.

New Scientist Live ticket request form
A group of Scouts sitting around a table doing an RAF activity.

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.

Always check the opening details on the websites for museums before planning your trip.

Free Scout Takeover Days 2024

Work towards or even complete stage one or two of the Air Activities badge in a single day at RAF Midlands or RAF London Museums. 

  • 7 July: RAF Museum London
  • 12 October: RAF Museum London
  • 12 October: RAF Museum Midlands
  •  29 October: Shuttleworth Museum

Tickets required, please contact the museums for more information.

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.

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.

A round blue badge with a yellow airplane and the Royal Air Force logo in the middle and a purple edge

Get your Air Activities Staged Badges

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Activities, challenges and competitions

The RAF offers 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.

Contact the RAF Youth and STEM team >
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 maths experts can help ensure your learning adventures are fun and successful.

Find out how to request a STEM ambassador >
About the RAF Charitable Trust

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 STEM, the RAFCT strives to improve the lives and opportunities of young people across the UK.

Learn more about RAFCT >

The Royal International Air Tattoo

On Friday 19 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.

Apply to go to RIAT

Visit the RIAT website for more information on how to get your group involved.

We have also written a letter to the headteacher if the Scouts need the day off school

Learn more about RIAT >

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's the oldest independent air force in the world.

The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence, 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 Learn more about the RAF on the RAF website.