RAF and Army cadets both enjoyed exciting annual summer camps as the school term ended. The Army headed to south Wales and had a week packed with military skills and adventurous training. The highlight of the week was a 48 hour exercise which saw cadets tested in patrolling, self-reliance, offensive operations and an observation post.
The RAF headed to Northumbria during which a notable day was spent at RAF Spadeadam where aircrafts from across the RAF come to train against ground-based air defence and RADAR systems. The cadets were fortunate enough to have a (very close) flyby of the Hercules transporter and the Typhoon fighter jet, from the roof of the control centre. A tour of the RAF Boulmer Ops Centre: a cold-war era underground bunker with state of the art RADAR and tracking, and a visit to RRH Brizlee Wood provided cadets with a chance to see one of the RADAR systems used to protect the skies, and also to test their physics knowledge.
CCF also ran a successful adventure trip to the Lake District with 12 cadets on a three day hike to the Ennerdale Valley. We parked at Wasdale Head and followed a beautiful mountain route into our accommodation, The Black Sail Youth Hostel (England’s most remote Youth Hostel). The second day saw cadets split into two groups. The main objective for both groups was Pillar but the faster group managed to bag a few extra peaks including Scoat Fell. On the third day inclement weather provided the challenge as we went over Black Sail Pass on our return to Wasdale Head.