To gain this badge, Scouts must complete the requirements below:
  1. Know the rules relating to access to airfields in Policy, Organisation and Rules
  2. Carry out research into one historical aspect of flight, and share your findings with others in the Troop. Some example research topics could be:
    • the development of aviation or flight over a period agreed with your assessor
    • the development of a specific aircraft type, discovering details of its history, role and achievements. Examples might be the Spitfire, the Boeing 747, the Harrier or the Wessex helicopter.
    • the development of balloons or airships from their first appearance to the present day.
    • the development of a type of aero engine. Examples might be jet or piston engines in general, or a specific engine such as the Rolls Royce Merlin.
  3. In the course of your research, visit at least one place of interest that is directly relevant to your project. For example a museum, an air display or an aeronautics factory.
  4. The presentation of your findings should include a model that you have made to illustrate some aspect of your research. Other resource materials such as diagrams and pictures should be used wherever possible.


If you need help designing alternatives to these requirements for those with special needs please contact the Special Needs Office at Gilwell Park.


The Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the RAF Museums in London and Cosford, have developed resources for this badge. Check their websites for more details.