What is Air Scouting?
Air Scouting is a branch of Scouting, not a separate organisation. It is based on the same fundamental Scouting Aims & Methods. Air Scouts follow the core balanced programme for their section but then add a aeronautical twist to the programme and activities. Many Troops and Explorer Units meet more than once a week in the summer period and the additional meetings are used to develop aeronautical skills and airmanship training. It is not training for an Air Force career, although Air Scout training can be very useful for young people who are so interested.
Air Scouts start with the Scout section as part of a Air Scout Group, or as a Air Scout Patrol in a "standard" Group. Explorer Air Scouts can be found in Units directly linked through partnership agreements to Air Scout Groups, water activity centres or as part of other District based units. Cub Scouts and Beaver Scouts in an Air Scout Group follow the same programme as all other Scouts/Rovers albeit with the likelihood of some air based activities being provided by the Scout /Rover section.