In this Year of Engineering, the British Army has partnered with The Scout Association to sponsor the Army Mechanic Activity Badge, and on Saturday 28 April 300 Scouts, aged 10 – 14 years old, and from across the UK have been invited by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), to visit their home at MOD Lyneham in Wiltshire, where all the Army’s professional engineers learn their trade and develop their skills.
Approximately 70 serving soldiers, from across the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Logistic Corps and the Army Air Corps, will mentor the youngsters as they complete the Army Mechanic Activity Badge in one day. Working in small teams with their mentors, and visiting activity bases the Scouts will:
- Learn about combustion engines and transmission systems from the Defence School’s professional trainers
- Complete practical tasks, such as changing and inflating a tyre, checking engine oil, replacing wiper blades
- Learn about the legal requirements of UK car ownership.
Such is the excitement in the Scouting community about working with soldiers on Army equipment, and undertaking this badge in such a unique environment, this event was fully booked within days. The Army is very excited to be working with the Scouting community on this initiative, and looks forward to where the Scouts’ Mechanic Badge will lead for all the youngsters involved.