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RAF London Museum Weekend
RAF London Museum Weekend.
10th and 11th March 2012.
On Saturday, 10th March 2012, twenty two Cubs along with Scouts, Explorers and Leaders travelled by coach to North West London to visit the RAF Museum in Hendon.
Many of our Cubs had not been before and as there is such a large collection of aircrafts, aviation artefacts and memorabilia a second visit cannot be recommended highly enough.
Upon entering the Milestones of Flight gallery we immediately became aware that this museum is a very popular haunt for Scout groups, we met at least three other groups that day.
Our Cubs, as expected, made a beeline to the Aeronauts Interactive Centre to have an early lunch and then spent time having fun with the 40 specially commissioned interactive units.
All had the opportunity to try hang-gliding, flying a helicopter and many other items relating to the properties of air, forces, light, electricity and they also tried to complete their worksheets.
We then made our way to the Historic Hangers to see, read and learn about the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force.
The Cubs found it all fascinating and rather overwhelming, a few of the highlights were: the
1-Boeing CH47D Chinook, 2-Curtiss Kittyhawk, 3-European Industries Merlin EH101, 4-Hawker Hunter FGA9, 5-Supermarine Southampton, 6-Spitfire and 7-Stanraer.
The Battle of Britain Hall gave us the chance for a short walk and some fresh air before settling down and watching the spectacular audiovisual show 'Our Finest Hour', we then made our way around the aircraft's and other displays in this fascinating hall.
The Hurricane, Spitfire, Messerschmitt and the walk through the Short Sunderland MR5 were most memorable.
The last event for our Cubs was to receive their Air Activities Badge in front of the mighty Lancaster Bomber from a member of staff dressed in authentic Second World War RAF Uniform. All Cubs all had worked hard over the day completing the relevant worksheets and partaking in other air related activities during the term and so were proud to be given their well earned badges.
We had a final quick stop at the Museum shop, then boarded our coach to return to the Hut to bid farewell to the Scouts and Explorers before settling down for a dinner of hamburgers and cakes. The evening activities included playing 'cops and robbers' outside at dusk with torches, painting and settling down for a midnight feast (9pm-11pm) and film watching.
An early start at 7:30am making pancakes for all Cubs and adults set us up for a walk to the woods and games of 'hide and seek' and 'see how many Cubs you can squash into a phone box'. After returning to the Hut we thanked Bernice and both Sarah's for all their time and hard work which is really appreciated.
All the Leaders and Helpers had a lovely time and we would like to thank all the Cubs for their outstanding behaviour and for being such fun to be with.
The Cubs would like to thank our GSL Julian Peters, without whom we could not have held the sleepover and a thank you also to Pete Sutton and his son, for spending the night.
Finally the Cubs would like to thank the Executive Committee, who once again have kindly given the Cubs another opportunity to visit and enjoy a very unique and memorable museum.
Thank you all
1st Shipley Cub Scouts.
Happy faces in the museum
Safety first , well you can seem them How many can you fit in a phone box ?