Summer is an exciting time for cadets, as everything shifts from being focused on the night at the squadron to camps and courses across wing, region, or corps levels. Summer camps offer amazing opportunities for cadets to visit RAF stations all over the UK and explore the various aircraft, sections and activities that are a part of service life. Many courses also run throughout the summer, providing training in a variety of skills. Here, we have compiled all the different camp and course experiences of the cadets during summer of 2019.
The main camp of the summer was RAF Lossiemouth, where 10 cadets from our squadron went spread between three week long camps. Lossiemouth is the base for Quick Reaction Alert - North (QRA) scrambling typhoons and responding to any potential threats to our airspace and as such meant a very noisy week. The cadets travelled to Lossiemouth by bus before arriving at their accommodation. Throughout the week cadets visited the various sections on base, learning about the different aircraft and functions carried out by the RAF on the station, the favourites being the Fire Station Visit and, of course the Typhoon squadron visit where they learned more about the QRA activities. In addition to the fantastic section visitis there were also a number of other activities, such as go-karting, marksmanship training, and a beach party. Overall all 10 cadets had a massively enjoyable time and cannot wait for their next camp.
Cadets also visited RAF Cosford, where the camp was mainly focused on aviation, with all cadets getting to fly in the Grob Tutor and a visit to the RAF Museum. Cadets visited the RAF police dogsand learned about the level training of police dogs and their handlers need to go through. There were also opportunities for cadets to challenge themselves on the low ropes, a low-level assault course. Overall the camp was very fun and was packed full of brilliant activities.
In addition to all the fantastic camps cadets also attended the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) as part of a "working camp" cadets are key in ensuring the running of this world renowned event assisting in setting up the various sections of the site, manning crowd lines- ensuring the safety of the public and working with Friends of RIAT however the camp is far from dull, meeting cadets from all over the UK and getting a showside view of the Airshow itself and getting to see the aircraft, pilots and crew up close. The highlight for our cadets was meeting new people and we hope to see more of our cadets taking part in this fantastic experience in future.
This summer Cpl McKenzie has the amazing opportunity to participate in the Drill and Ceremonial Camp as part of the national band, this is her first year playing within the Corps Pipe Band and she threw herself into developing her band drill skills and practising on her Pipes. Cpl McKenzie was also featured on the Drill & Ceremonial Camp Warrant Officers facebook page as she piped the lowering of the Corps Ensign.
We were also fortunate enough to have two cadets selected for courses this summer. Sgt Clough being selected for the Air Cadet Leadership course where he worked through theory and practical scenarios to develop his leadership approach and skills obtaining his Gold Leadership Badge. FS Noble was selected for the prestigious Pilot Scheme where he worked hard to develop his theoretical understanding of flight and apply this in practical flight scenarios - this experience will no doubt greatly benefit him as he begins to apply for his chosen career in the forces.
What a fantastic summer with over 19 cadets across 4 different camps and 2 cadets attending courses which will give them skills for life.