Scouts from across Devon were given the chance to take to the air this month at Bodmin Airfield in Cornwall
The Scouts were able to work towards their aeronautical badges so this involved them with learning the theory and navigation. Once the young people were confident with navigation they were then given the chance to fly accompanied in an aircraft.
William a scout from 1st Holsworthy said “It was fun, I learnt to navigate using maps and the airplane's compass. I flew in a Cessna and another plane that the roof slid back on. We flew for about 20 minutes each time. I saw Weighbridge we could see the Royal Cornwall show and we saw the Eden Project, the biodomes looked like giant footballs, I can't wait to fly again"
The camp takes place by Devon Scouts joining forces with “Feet off the ground (F.O.G)”, Devon Scouts are working with other charitable organisations so that they can continue to provide fun and adventure for all young people. Della Turnbull from Devon Scouts said “The pilots from F.O.G. and the staff at Bodmin Airfield were amazing and we cannot wait to do it all again next year.“
Della added “It was a great pleasure to watch our Young people attending this camp learn and grow confident in their navigation skills. Some of the young people were somewhat nervous getting into such a small airplane, for some this is their first experience of flying, but every one of them got off the airplane bouncing with excitement at their achievement”
Scouting is continuing to provide fun and adventure for young people, Scouting has recently introduced new badges which reflect the UK Scouts’ call for performance-related skills, prized by British employers, to be recognised further within the Scout movement. Two new badges, rewarding the development of leadership and teamwork, alongside badges that support the development of traits such as resilience and that enhance vital skills such as communication.