We aim to provide air activities suitable for Scouts across all sections. This includes indoor skydiving, tandem or static line skydiving, and opportunities across the County and beyond for gliding. We also aim to help leaders with access to airfields to enable young people to complete the more difficult sections of the various air activities badges. In partnership with the Royal Air Force, Scouts can attend special STEM workshops and more.
[ DURING THE COVID19 LOCKDOWN - FOR SOME IDEAS OF HOW TO CONTINUE WITH AIR BADGE ACTIVITIES - Click HERE and then scrawl down until you see the article called "Coronavirus Lockdown - Virtual Resources for Air Activities"]
If you want to get started right away on the aircraft spotter badge here is a resource created by Rowan Ward from Heslington Scouts
Survey on air activities in the County - please complete the survey here so we can identify the help you need to provide air activities in your programme
Want to fly in a wind tunnel? Well, you can! Anyone over the age of 3 can take part in indoor skydiving, experiencing some of the thrill of the real thing without having to jump out of a plane. iFly in Manchester offer special Scouting experiences, so for more information please contact Helen Westmancoat (details above)
Photos courtesy of iFly, Manchester
Tandem and static line skydiving
If you do want to jump out of a plane, tandem or static line skydiving is for you. There is an age restriction of 16 years upwards, so older Explorers, Network, (and leaders!) can do a jump. In tandem skydiving you will be strapped to an experienced instructor, flying up to 10,000 or 15,000 ft, freefalling for up to a minute, and then landing under canopy. Static line jumping is solo jumping but the parachute is opened automatically once you exit the plane at around 4000 ft. You then control and land the canopy yourself.
Alternatively if you prefer to be inside an engine-less aircraft, soaring at speeds of up to 100 mph, then try your hand at gliding. There are clubs around the County and we are currently negotiating with them to provide alternative facilities to those that used to be available from the Yorkshire Gliding Club. More information will be available on this soon.
These are some of the exciting activities that we plan on bringing to the County soon. If you have any other suggestions for air-related activities, then please let Helen know on the contact details shown above.