Boy Scouts Adds Drone Training For Members


Add becoming a drone pilot to the long list of accomplishments Boy Scouts can claim through the program. Boy Scouts of America is an FAA-approved test administrator and can facilitate the process for members who are old enough. “Flying drones is a fun way Scouts can start learning about robotics, science, technology and engineering,” said Eagle Scout and scouting blogger Bryan Wendell. “Many camps already offer drone-flying programs.”

Leaders help Scouts go through the FAA TRUST program and make sure the knowledge testing and paperwork get done properly. Boy Scouts has also drafted its own list of safety guidelines to supplement the FAA material. Chief among those is application of the “Sweet 16 of BSA Safety” that applies to all Scout activities. Although there is an aviation merit badge, there doesn’t appear to be one for drone pilots.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. Quick correction, “Boy Scouts” is technically an antiquated term as of 2019. It’s now “Scouts BSA”, to be gender inclusive. I wish I were making this up.

  2. I thought the modern elites killed the Boy Scouts off? I’m glad to see they are still in action.

    I was on a bad path when I was a puppy and my mother put me in the Boy Scouts to give me some healthy authority influence and outdoor activity. The Scoutmaster, Doc Taub made sure that I changed to a heathy goal oriented course. I think God used my mother and the Boy Scouts to help put me on the path to success I enjoy today.

    The winter camping in Northern NJ/PA in freezing snowy conditions I could have lived without though. Builds character I guess 😉