Warden Hill Scout group recently visited the popular Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon for a family day out. Around 25 young people and their parents, accompanied by both adult and young leaders, had great fun discovering first-hand how much they could see and learn.Warden Hill Scout group recently visited the popular Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon for a family day out. Around 25 young people and their parents, accompanied by both adult and young leaders, had great fun discovering first-hand how much they could see and learn.
The Scouts worked to achieve their Air Activities badges, understanding how aeroplanes and helicopters fly, investigating different kinds of aircraft such as Concorde, Spitfire and Chinook, learning the phonetic alphabet and speaking with people who had experienced flying.
Whilst at RAF Hendon, the group looked at aeronautic history starting back in 1908 to present day and enjoyed seeing details about the air shows held there. They were surprised to discover that aircraft were built there during WW1 until 1925 and that flying continued until 1957, with “The Dirty Dozen” being filmed there in 1967.
The young people enjoyed many of the interactive exhibitions and marvelled at the size and shape of so many different aeroplanes, viewing inside the exhibitions whenever possible.
The young people also got a chance to go inside some planes like the Sunderland, a world war 2 two plane that was the last flying-boat operated by the Royal Air Force, and they were also able to have a look at the cockpits and cargo areas. Some Group members also got to have a go in the virtual reality Dambusters’ raid, which they said “was awesome”.
One parent described the trip as “a great success, and it was great to mix with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts”.
Ash Chambers, the Scout Leader, said ”all the young people have smiles on their faces, and they will definitely be going again”.
The day finished with an investiture for a new Beaver who was welcomed to the group.
Scouting is about people; about families. Family visits such as this help build a bond between the Young People, the Adult Leaders, Supporters and Parents.
Article by Luton YSP Abigail