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Thrills galore as Air Scouts take to the air

TWO members of the 1st South Bersted Air Scout Group took to the sky during a national camp.


Florence Gatrell and Pippa Morris, pictured above right, experienced the thrill of parascending as well as sitting in the pilot’s seat of a £25m search and rescue coastguard helicopter when they joined 200 other Air Scouts in Cornwall.


The five-day event was organised to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Air Scouting and included a feast of first class aviation-based activities.


This also included a visit to the Cornwall history of aviation museum, trying a range of flight simulators and model aircraft and being shown behind the scenes at Newquay Airport where the coastguard has a search and rescue base.


Wendy Morris, the Group Scout Leader for 1st South Bersted, said: “This national camp has been such a wonderful opportunity for us to meet with other Air Scout Groups from around the country and for the young people to have fun, make friends and to experience the best aviation activities.”


Plans were already being made to meet up with the friends that were made in Cornwall, she added.


Air Scouting is thriving in Bognor Regis with the group providing an exciting programme of activities for children aged 6 to 14.


A new section for 14 to 18-year-olds, the first Air Explorer Unit for Bognor Regis, is opening next month. More information from:


Air Scouts began in 1941 during the Second World War for young people who were too young for the Air Training Corps. Air activities, however, formed part of Scouting before then.


1st South Bersted Air Scouts has also accepted a donation of five boxes of books from Felpham Community College’s library for Bookbridge.


This is a charity run by Scouts that has created learning centres for children in Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Cambodia.


The books will be taken to the summer 2017 UK sorting event. Some of the Air Scouts have become Bookbridge Champions by going to previous events.


Mrs Morris said: “It is incredibly humbling to know that books that we would otherwise discard will be received with such appreciation by children in Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Cambodia. We often take so much for granted.”

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