Scouts Virtual Visit to Bomber Command

Date: 27th Mar 2021 Author: Chris Blockley

This month at 1st Farnsfield Scout Group, Goodwin and Frampton Scout Troops have been learning about the Halifax Bomber Memorial in Farnsfield and working towards their Air Activities Stage 2 badge. The staged badge is one of fifteen badges a young person can achieve throughout their time in Scouting meaning even if you are 6 years old and all the way to 18 you can still achieve it. The air activities badge covers 5 key areas such as making and flying a model aeroplane, learning about the phonetic alphabet and visiting an air museum to name a few.

Visiting an air museum during the current COVID-19 lockdown hasn’t stopped them completing it. During the week of 22nd March the Scouts had a visit from the International Bomber Command. The museum, based on the edge of Lincoln, acknowledges the efforts, sacrifices and commitment of the men and women, from 62 different nations, who came together in Bomber Command during WWII. The Learning Officer, Jess van der Drift, spent two evenings giving them a virtual tour of the site and talking about the incredible sacrifices the men and women of Bomber Command did during WWII.

With the local memorial to the 7 crew of the Halifax Bomber that crashed just outside Farnsfield the Scouts got to find out a little more on the role it played in the war, about the crews lives, what operation it was on and took a quiz to find out what role they’d play on the Halifax Bomber. The night finished with Jess showing the Scouts the name of Flying Office Turnidge and where it is located on the Bomber Command memorial to the 58,000 men and women who lost their lives.

Thank you to Jess and the International Bomber Command for a great virtual visit. If you want to find out more information then visit

Can you help give a talk to young people in the group or a badge? If you can or just want a chat on volunteering please contact Chris on 07779324341 or email

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