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The British Army

Our partnership with the British Army engages young people about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities along with providing some key leadership skills.

The British Army are sponsoring the Scouts Mechanic Badge and the Explorers Leadership Activity Badge.

Sharing their skills and knowledge, the British Army will encourage Scouts to take part and develop skills for life.

As well as sponsoring these two badges, the British Army will provide you with:

  • A range of resources to support the badges.
  • Invitations to Army related events.
  • Group rates and special workshops delivered by The REME Museum.

See Scouts and the British Army at the British Motor Show

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We have created some activities to help you earn your mechanics badge.

You can also download our Scout Mechanic Activity Badge leader's guide.

Check out our Army activities >

Reunion 2020: Challenge and resilience with the British Army

Hear from these Army Officers who rowed the Atlantic Ocean in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Race. Rather them than us!

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Learn more

The British Army is the land component of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces. The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper.  The British Army tasks are to protect the nation, prevent conflict, deal with disaster and to fight the nation’s enemies.

The Army tasks are always delivered directly by soldiers through human interaction. The British Army is an inspirational employer who embraces diversity, inclusivity and contributes to society in everything they do. They are leaders in leadership with skills for life and the opportunity for all.

The British Army have to make life-critical decisions and take purposeful action in sometimes hostile, confusing and unclear situations that occasionally test them to the limit of human endurance. Their training, development and preparation is personally rewarding but also ensures they are united by common values and strong bonds and will do the right thing, even under the most difficult circumstances.

Find out more about the British Army.

The REME maintain, repair and manufacture equipment to keep the British Army vehicles and aircraft in working order. REME has an exciting set of eight trades: 

  • Armourer
  • Recovery Mechanic
  • Avionics Technician 
  • Electronics Technician 
  • Metalsmith
  • Vehicle Mechanic
  • Aircraft Technician 
  • Technical Support Specialist

The REME is proud to assist in the delivery of the Scouts Mechanics Badge. 

Find out more on the REME Homepage.

The REME Museum displays the proud history of the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. 

The Museum's unique collection includes an extensive weapons display, historic repair and recovery vehicles, uniforms, medals, tools and test equipment. The collection is enhanced by interactive and immersive displays and enables the visitor to experience how REME uses its resourcefulness and ingenuity to keep the British Army operating. The REME Museum is proud to offer group rates and special workshops to The Scout Association. The Museum can deliver activities to suit a variety of desired outcomes. To find out more about the workshops, the REME Museum website.


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A blue badge with an arrow and the British Army logo

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Learn about leadership webinar

On Tuesday 8 December 2020, the British Army held a live webinar to celebrate the launch of sponsoring the Explorers Leadership Badge.

The experts spoke about what good leadership is, shared their lived experiences, and answered questions from the audience. 

Get more information and watch the event recordings
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 >