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New air scouts group is flying high after launch

Air Scouts leader Richard Torr shows children how one of the Gliding Centres gliders during the launch event

Air Scouts leader Richard Torr shows children how one of the Gliding Centres gliders during the launch event

 

A new Air Scouts Centre based from a Harborough district airfield has been launched.

The opening night for the new venture, part of the 1st Kilworth Scouts, was held at The Gliding Centre in Husbands Bosworth on July 3.

It is one of very few Air Scout groups in the UK to be based from an airfield.

Rob Barsby, from the group, said: “It was a great success with a lot of children and parents attending and signing up. It is proving very popular.

“This is a great opportunity for local youngsters and the gliding centre is proud to be involved. This is about giving something back to the community while having fun.

“We are lucky to have such a great asset in the county.”

Air Scouts meetings are being held at the centre on Thursdays from 6.30-8pm.

The group will be based on traditional scouting values and the organisers are grateful for the support they have received from the South Leicester district scouts and the county scout organisation.

During the launch Air Scouts leader Richard Torr showed children one of the centre’s gliders and how it works along with other aircraft.

It is aimed at 10 to 14-year-olds and they will be able to achieve badges which in turn get accreditation for flight training in the future if they wish to continue flying.

Once they become too old, they can join the centre’s youth scheme for 14 to 18-year-olds where suitable candidates can fly solo at the age of 14.

Several activities such as camps and aviation visits are already planned.

For more details, see the website.

 

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