Saturday 13th January 2018 was a cold one and 58 Scouts and 15 leaders from the District ventured to Newton Aycliffe, to 102 Battalion REME; home of the Army’s Engineers in The North East. The aim of the day was for the scouts to attain their mechanics badge under the tutelage of the experts. So at 0900 off we went, split into 4 groups the Scouts and leaders went to learn about mechanical engineering. So what was on the menu?
The internal Combustion engine and how they suck-squeeze-bag-blow to generate the power to move things, primarily Army vehicles in this case. Part of this involved looking under the bonnet of an Army Landrover to see how to change the essentials Oils and Lubes and what to do if the lights go out! While all this wonderful engineering knowledge was on display I feel the sitting in the big vehicle cabs was the highlight; to see how to control all this power.
Differential systems on how all this power gets to the wheels. Great demonstration using a bicycle, with christmas lights, and two large
More hands on with couplings, or clutches.
The Gearbox was the final stand not only looked at how the gearing worked but a trip under a vehicle in the inspection pit demonstrated how it interfaces with the other major assemblies studied throughout the day. Also a short brief on how the vehicle was inspected was useful insight on how the Army keeps its equipment road legal.
Finally the highlight of the day was the written test! Or was it? Gladly everyone passed and attained, in the REME’s, view the required standard to pass the mechanics badge. Although they are still waiting to see if any scouts knows about Torque! Maybe need to twist a few arms!!
The final event of the day was the presentaton of badges and certificates by the REME Soldiers who led the day. The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nick Moore MBE, presented certificates and badges to 4 Scouts at the front of the main parade.
Well done Darlington District