Badge Support | Air Activities Staged Activity Badge
Need some support completing the Air Activities Staged Activity Badge? Read on for activity ideas to do along the way.
Our partnership with Heathrow gives us an opportunity to engage with young people about the importance and responsibilities of aviation, and to showcase the broad range of skills that the aviation industry relies on. This badge aims to inspire the next generation of pilots, engineers and and aviation experts.
Scouts can earn their Air Activities Staged Activity Badge in any section. Before they get started, it may be useful to know some of the technical and common names of the parts of the plane, so take a look at this link for Aircraft Anatomy to help you out.
Launch into this badge with the classic activity of how to make paper planes. Ask your Scouts to construct their own plane and have a flying contest.
Take a trip to an airfield, air display or air museum. While you're there complete this hunt for the hazard activity sheet and take a look around to observe the safety practices staff there have put in place. (Here's the answer sheet.)
Or, you could try making a kite using this simple step-by-step guide.
Learn to speak like a pilot using this simple phonetic alphabet guide. Explain that when pilots speak to the control tower, instead of using letters they use the phonetic alphabet, which is made up of code words. As pilots come from all over the world and have very different accents, it's important that they are still understood. The words used in the phonetic alphabet have been chosen because they can be understood and pronounced easily.
Explain that wind intensity can be measured by the Beaufort scale, which was created by British naval commander Sir Francis Beaufort around 1806. Then, make your own weather station, anemometer or barometer to observe the power of the wind, before discussing how the weather could affect air activities. Here is a handy sheet detailing some of the effects weather could have on aircraft.
To complete this stage of the badge, support your Scouts in learning about basic cloud types and how they are formed, using this cloud guide. Then, discuss why they’re relevant to air activities. For younger sections, why not try this rain cloud in a jar activity?
Morse code is still transmitted by navigational beacons as it is less sensitive to poor signal conditions. If an emergency were to arise, Morse code is one of the most simple and effective methods of telecommunication. Get your Scouts into pairs and let them have a go at learning Morse code and translating each other's messages. Get them to challenge each other by translating song lyrics or well known film titles.
Remember! If you're planning to take your group out for an air experience, whether it’s a ride in a hovercraft, a trip in a glider, a hot air balloon ride or an exhilarating skydive, don’t forget to let us know by filling in the Air Notifications Form as required by POR.
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