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Scouts get new Aviation Activity Badge

Scouts get new Aviation Activity Badge
22 Sep 2014

Youngsters are able to learn about things like how planes fly, thanks to a partnership between Heathrow Airport and The Scouts Association.

The two organisations have brought out an Explorers and Scouts Aviation Skills Activity Badge.

Graduates from the airport's Graduate Training Programme and the Scouts have made a pair of Aviation Skills themed activity packs, which will help young people in the UK gain this badge and find out about aviation.

The packs can be downloaded from the internet by scouts that wish to participate.

Heathrow Graduate Training Programme graduates came up with the initiative when they were doing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

During a part of the Award when they had to do volunteering, they produced the badge, working with staff at the airport and Scouts groups in the process. The airport is sponsoring the badge.

The graduates will be visiting local Scouts around Heathrow to help with activity evenings, showcasing the badge and teaching youngsters about aviation skills and careers.

The airport is home to 114,000 jobs, which Scouts are set to be taught about.

From Heathrow, it's possible to fly to 180 different destinations, and 72 million passengers use the famous airport annually.

"As someone completely new to the world of aviation, working to create this Scouts badge has given me a fantastic appreciation of what Heathrow does," committed 22-year-old Heathrow graduate, Jack Andrews.

"I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved and looking forward to working with local young people to share our newfound knowledge," he added.

Meanwhile, Scout Association assistant director Simon Carter has explained that the Association values the team-up with the airport.

"Working with key community focused businesses like this allows us to reach out and change the lives of even more young women and young men in many parts of the UK," he said.ADNFCR-408-ID-801749983-ADNFCR

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