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The Royal Air Force (RAF)

Our partnership with the RAF is delivering resources, activities and events to support STEM.

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

The RAF are the new sponsors of our staged Air Activities badges across all Scout sections. The RAF are on hand to share their expert knowledge in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), providing Scouts with:

  • Brand new resources to complete the Air Activities badges
  • Access to STEM-based activities, challenges and competitions
  • Access to 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? The new activity resources for all six Air Activities badges are now available on the Programme Planning Tool. You can find these activities by clicking on the link under the badge on this page. 

Adapt these activities to try out at home

These activities were originally designed for groups meeting face-to-face, so you may have to think on your feet to make them work in the (very unique) situation we’re in. Anyone can be the person leading the game or activity, so why not let young people take charge? Instead of chatting in a real-life group, you could use the internet (safely) or talk to someone at home.

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.

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 airforce 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 

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.

Royal Activities Stage 1 RAF badge

Air Activities Staged Badge

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RIAT Air Show 2022 - FREE tickets for Scouts!

Royal Air Force Charitable Trust logo in navy and red

This year the RAF Charitable Trust are generously offering a limited number of free tickets to Scouts and accompanying adults to attend the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) event.

This year the event will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United States Air Force in spectacular style!

Where: RAF Fairford

When: 15th July 2022

To find out more about the event, please click the flyer below.

To request tickets, please click on the Booking Request Form below.

RIAT 2022 Flyer
PDF – 936.1KB
RIAT 2022 Booking Request Form
DOCX – 14.2KB
Letter For Teachers
PDF – 86.9KB

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

Museum trips

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

Planning a day trip with your Scouts?

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