Cadets and Staff from 1936 (Newton) Squadron, and 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron joined forces for their Christmas Camp 2008, held at Walesby Forest in North Nottinghamshire over the last weekend before Christmas.
Some 45 Cadets and staff attended the weekend and were treated to various festive activities which ensured they enjoyed a fantastic end to the year and a memorable Christmas camp. Highlights included a cultural visit to the town of Mansfield, a disco, and the customary Christmas dinner on the Sunday afternoon. Coupled with this, the Cadets took part in fieldcraft exercises, swimming, archery, first aid exercises, and a crate stacking activity which saw a site record set at 25 crates high!
The weekend was organised by Senior NCO’s from 1936 and 2195 Squadron’s, lead by ICWO James Glover and ICFS Jake Wilson. The camp SNCO team worked hard to ensure the Cadets had a camp to remember, and there is no doubt this ambition was achieved to the full. The camp was also supported by ICWO Laura Butcher of 1359 Squadron who assisted as part of the camp SNCO team, and SGT Jacob Hinson of 348 Squadron who commanded one of the three Flights at the camp.
The camp was grateful also to SAC Nick Olde, who provided invaluable assistance with transport during the camp. SAC Olde is a regular RAF MT Driver, currently based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Prior to joining the RAF, SAC Olde was a Cadet with South & East Midlands Wing, and still retains strong links with the Air Cadet Organisation. The camp was also very pleased to welcome another ex-Cadet of the Wing, Jason Norton, who provided an exceptionally good disco for the Cadets on the Saturday night.
The Camp Commandant, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, commented on the weekend: “The camp was a real team effort, the combined work of the two Squadrons and others welcomed from outside ensured a genuine spirit of enjoyment. Both myself, and OiC 2195 Squadron (Plt Off Jack Stepanian) are pleased that the weekend went well and that all the hard work put in paid off”.
1936 & 2195 Cadets & staff who attended Christmas camp
At the end of the weekend, special achievement was rewarded with the unusual prize of a food hamper for those receiving awards. The award for best female Cadet at the camp was presented to CDT Summer Campbell, with the best male Cadet award being won by CDT Ed Chapman. The best NCO at the camp was judged to be SGT Jacob Hinson, who also commanded the winning Flight at the camp, C Flight. OiC 2195 Squadron, Plt Off Jack Stepanian praised the recipients saying: “We are pleased to reward success, especially at this type of weekend camp. Along with OC 1936 (Flt Lt Jodi Hudson), we are proud of the performance of the Cadets throughout the camp, and would like to thank the staff and SNCO team who worked hard to make the weekend a resounding success”.
The camp marked the finale to an interesting year for 1936 and 2195 Squadron’s, with new OC’s in post at both Units, various new Staff appointments, and both Squadron’s working hard to increase Cadet numbers through successful recruitment drives. For many of the Cadets who attended the camp this was their first experience of a weekend away with their Squadrons, their enthusiasm ensured Christmas was celebrated in true ATC style!
By Flt Lt Jodi Hudson
Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron