SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Air Activities

To atain the Air Activities badge, the Explorer Scout must complete the following:

Alternative A

- Know the rules relating to access to airfields as laid down in Policy, Organisation and Rules. Understand the factors involved in selecting the launch point on the field.

- Successfully complete the British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association's Paragliding Ground Training, including landing rolls and inflation and collapse of canopy by wing-tip holders and paragliders.

- Carry out the British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association's Course of Training in controlled descents and self-released flights up to the standard of 360° stable turns.

- Carry out canopy control practice on the ground, and have a basic knowledge of the flight and steering principles of the canopy.

- Understand and perform the duties of wing-tip holder, lookout and tensiometer reader, and understand the function of the launch marshal.

- Understand the care, packing and storage of equipment.

Alternative B

- Know the rules relating to access to airfields as laid down in Policy, Organisation and Rules. Understand the safety aspects of the activity.

- Act as a member of a Ground Crew and take part in the launch or retrieval of a glider.

- Demonstrate the signals for a glider launch and transmit them to a winch operator or towing party.

- List the forces acting on a glider and explain how soaring flight is obtained, including references to thermals, wave lift and ridge lift.

- Take part in a gliding course. You should achieve at least five hours flying time and ten launches.

Alternative C

- Show understanding of the safety aspects of parachuting.

- Show understanding of the operation of a parachute.

- Understand and demonstrate the landing procedures.

- Take part in three parachute jumps from an aircraft. Alternative requirements for other Air Activities can be agreed with the leadership team.