A group of 25 Devon Scouts had the privilege of attending the annual Young Aviator Scout Camp held at Bodmin airfield, including five Scouts from the 1st South Zeal troop — Ben Bowles, Lachie Mills, Oliver Johns. Charlie Glanville and Jake le Grice.

The Scouts learned how a plane flies, navigation, signalling and meteorology and the final triumph was to navigate the light aircraft up to Wadebridge, down to the Eden project  and back to the airfield.

The weather was kind and all the scouts had the opportunity and some even took the controls!

South Zeal scout Lachie Mills said that the whole experience was 'awesome' and he now plans a career as a pilot as he was also able to accrue hours for his flight log in the Air Cadets.

The weekend is run by a group of dedicated pilots from the FOG (Feet Off the Ground) organised by Pete White from Cornwall Air Club to whom the scouts are grateful for the experience. Budding photographer Oliver Johns got to photograph the aerial experience.

Della Turnball from Devon Scouts added: 'It was a great pleasure to watch our young people attending this camp learn and grow confident in their navigation skills. Some of the young people were somewhat nervous getting into such a small airplane; for some this is their first experience of flying, but every one of them got off the airplane bouncing with excitement at their achievement.'

Scouting has recently introduced new badges which reflect the UK Scouts' call for performance-related skills, prized by British employers, to be recognised further within the scout movement. Two new badges, rewarding the development of leadership and teamwork, alongside badges that support the development of traits such as resilience and that enhance vital skills such as communication.

Devon Scouts will be off to the World Jamboree in July giving 45 young people the opportunity of a lifetime.