The weekend of 24-26 November saw 24 cadets and 9 staff descend on RAF Kirknewton for an inaugural Blue Badge Camp, the weekend was a coalition between staff from 1145, 132, 2466, 1143, 142, 869 and 870 Squadrons in an effort to pull resources and help cadets obtain some of the blue badges available as part of the progressive training syllabus implemented by the corps earlier this year.
The camp saw cadets undergo training and assessment in Radio Communications, Part Task Trainer activities and put into practice their theoretical and practical leadership skills over the course of the weekend.
The weekend was a great success with all cadets walking away with their Blue Radio Operator and Blue Leadership Badges as a minimum and many obtaining their Blue Aviation Wings. In particular 6 cadets from 1145 have returned with new 16 badges which can be placed on their uniform once they have received them this prizegiving.
Over the weekend of the 18-19th of November three cadets attended the Activity First Aid course led by FS Parry held at 870 (Dreghorn). This was attended by Sgt Black, Sgt Richmond and Cpl White all of whom had completed there Youth First Aid but wanted to progress there First Aid knowledge so were keen to attend the course. We went over everything we had learnt in Activity First Aid in more detail then also looked at some new thing like communication and casualty care, role of a first aider in a group setting, treatment for low blood sugars and recognition for meningitis, poisons and seizures along with many other things. The weekend concluded with 3 assessments, Serious bleeding, CPR and unconscious casualty. All of which we passed achieving our silver first aid and hope to move onto gold to become a first aid instructor.
On Sunday the 12th of November, 1145 air cadets attended Remembrance Parades in Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath commemorating those who paid the ultimate sacrifice through times of war and conflict. We marched from The Alhambra towards the WW1 memorial where the Dunfermline service was held. There was then a few words and a two minutes silence held to remember those who were killed or injured and on behalf of the Sqn Sgt Noble laid a wreath. We then travelled to Cowdenbeath Memorial Parade, laying a wreath at the cenotaph on top of the steep hill, laid by Sgt Lawrence and finally parading down to a memorial service outside the council building where further wreaths were laid and a further wreath laid by Sgt Richmond. It was an emotional experience for all of the cadets who attended and we are glad to say that we all enjoyed ourselves representing our Squadron at both events.
Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of October we attended B&M for bag packing for raising money for the Squadron funds. We raised £1008 for the Squadron Funds by helping pack bags for customers at B&M. Helping out the customers at B&M by packing there bags was really fun and enjoyable. We would love to help out at B&M again and help the community.
On the 29th of October Cpl Clough and I went to Leuchars for a Pipes and Drums weekend. On the Saturday after breakfast we went to the regional HQ and practiced with our chanters, going over tunes such as Scotland the Brave. We got our pipes out and practiced with the drummers. We practiced marching and counter marching. The rest of the day before dinner I practiced the melody with the main band and got chosen to play with the regional mini band in a competition in the middle of October. At night some people went to the cinema while the rest of us played football and stayed in the delta which was fun. On Sunday we had another day of lots of practice and I got my highland wear. I really enjoyed the weekend and would go back because I met really nice and kind people.