Had an interesting scouting weekend.
We are very lucky in Cambridge, just outside town in an airfield where our neighbouring scout county (roughly equivalent to what I think you call a Council) keep a motorised glider which they use to run various scout gliding events to vary standards. 18 of our scouts went out to the airfield this weekend for their first experience of gliding. They have a full day there where they cover quite a lot of theory about flight, airfield operations etc, but the highlight of course is that each of them get a 20 minute flight (with an instructor!) where they get to take the controls. Photos on our website here.
The reason for putting it in this bit of the forum is because of how amazing it is to see the kids stepping up and actually conquering their own fears.
In the briefing room where they were all together there was plenty of bravado. No one admitted in front of their friends to being scared. In reality, when each of them was walked out to the glider nearly all of them admitted to being nervous and one, when she was being strapped in, was clearly shaking. We offered her the chance to back out but no, her older brother had done it, no way was she backing down!
All of them came back again absolutely buzzing! To have taken the controls of an aircraft at their age, the youngest was just 10, is something quite amazing. All of them had flown before on airliners. Flying in a tiny two seat aircraft where you can put your hand out the window and then someone switches the engine off and it takes off and lands on a grass strip is a very different experience.
Very proud of all of them