10th Chippenham Air Scouts troop is a relatively new creation! After a lot of searching we managed to find three people who were willing to become Scout Leaders so that we could go ahead and start our second troop. This enabled us to admit the scouts unable to join the Tuesday Troop due to high numbers.
So on 10th March 2010 "Wednesday Scouts" met for the first time with 14 scouts and 3 leaders, together with Raksha and Skip who held the required warrants. The first four weeks leading up to Easter were taken up with basic scouting i.e. knots, lashings, map reading and games to help the scouts and leaders to get to know each other.
On the first night back after Easter, the scouts and new leaders were invested. The scouts chose the three patrol names: Eagles, Owls and Kestrel along with the three Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders. Since then, the troop has gone from strength to strength.
In March 2012, the scouts elected to become an Air Scouts troop. This means that in addition to traditional scouting activities (such as orienteering, camping, hiking, learning various skills, etc.) the scouts take part in air activities. For example, members of 10th Chippenham Air Scouts can learn to fly gliders at Bannerdown Gliding Club at nearby Keevil Airfield. Former Air Scouts now turned Air Explorers with Endeavour Explorer Unit have earned their Scouts Wings and are also progressing through the British Gliding Association's training scheme as club members.
Today, the troop counts 5 patrols (25 scouts): Owls, Eagles, Kestrels, Merlins and Hawks as well as 5 leaders.