38 cadets and members of staff from 2070 (Glenfield) Squadron attended the annual squadron Christmas camp on Friday 30th Nov – Sunday 2nd December in Edale, Derbyshire.
The squadron has held its annual Christmas camp at The Peak Centre in Edale for many years and has become something the cadets and staff alike look forward to.
On Saturday the cadets completed a day walk around the local area, this was a great opportunity to put into practice key navigation skills such as setting the map, taking bearings, following linear features and judging distances using pacing and times. The weather was clear and crisp providing the cadets with a fantastic view of the Hope Valley. The cadets returned to a Christmas dinner with all of the trimmings before an evening’s entertainment with games, a Gang Show and a buffet to finish.
On Sunday the cadets were split into two groups. One group had a rock climbing session with a qualified instructor where they completed various different climbs in pairs using blindfolds to really put their communication, teamwork and climbing skill to the test. The cadets also climbed using just features and also had a go at bouldering.
“It is surprising how difficult blindfolded climbing is – both for the climber and the guide, it definitely helped us to improve our communication because at first, we weren’t getting anywhere”.
The other group visited the Moorland Visitor Centre in Edale before a quick jaunt to the top of Mam Tor to again take in the scenery that was on offer before lunch and switching over in the afternoon. Thank you to all of the cadets and staff who attended and made the camp a successful one.
By Plt Off James Brewster
2070 (Glenfield) Squadron