Scouts learn a LOT in a short time!
This from 1st Boroughbridge Scouts:
The first Scout meeting in April saw the Scouts of 1st Boroughbridge Group meeting promptly at the Army Logistics Corp Barracks at Dishforth, ready for action and to meet Artificer Staff Sgt Trevor Holden. When Trevor was previously stationed in the area, he had become a helper with Boroughbridge Beavers and during his subsequent posting to Wiltshire, had persuaded the Army what a good idea it would be for them to sponsor the Scout Mechanics Badge, being an engineer himself.
And so it came about that Trevor, now back in North Yorkshire, was able to liaise with Dishforth personnel to teach and test the Scouts for the Activity Badge.
Learning the basics of the what lies under a vehicle’s bonnet turned out to be similar in principle, whatever the size of the vehicle. Four-stroke engines and alternators, radiators, fans and coolants, gearing, clutches, power assisted steering devices and even windscreen washers proved to function in similar ways, whether on army supply lorries, Land Rovers or instructors’ cars! Even tyre changing and oil checking followed similar procedures.
With the bonus of being able to look over and climb inside a variety of army heavy transport, the evening was a great hit, with everyone in the troop having learnt a great deal in a short time and even having the privilege of badges being presented by Trevor himself.
Well done, Boroughbridge - badges you can all be proud of!