Cadet Rogers from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron managed to get a last minute place, joining Staff and Cadets from 11 other South and East Midlands Wing Squadrons at RAF Henlow Autumn Camp.
On Saturday 18th October she travelled to RAF Henlow for a week long camp full of activities including visits to RAF police, RAF Regiment, RAF Henlow Flying Club, MT Section, Bowling and Madingley US War Cemetery Cambridgeshire.
On the first full day Cadets travelled to the Imperial War Museum Duxford where the Staff showed them around the aircraft and gave talks, explaining how each worked.
There was then the trip to the fire section where cadets had the opportunity to use fire extinguishers and learn a little about what their roles at the fire section entailed. After this everyone visited the RAF Police and the RAF Regiment section where they got to play with gadgets and did a small amount of field craft.
The following day saw a trip to MT, where most cadets competed in the ‘pit stop challenge’ –in a team of two, Cadets had to remove a tyre, unscrewing the bolts and replacing the tyre and bolts in the fastest time possible. That day everyone completed swimming proficiencies, Cadet Rogers managed to pass her Basic and Intermediate proficiency. Then came the competitive A Flight vs. B Flight bowling evening, here Cadet Rogers was thrilled to be the best female bowler and won a bowling pin with a golden plaque.
Wednesday was a very cold morning as the camp travelled to Madingley American War Cemetery a few miles from Cambridge. All Cadets joined in with a minute silence before being split into groups and having a tour around the beautiful grounds.
The rest of the camps activities included inter-flight sports games and also a drill competition at the end of the week marked by the Deputy Station Warrant Officer!
The Flight Commanders finished the week handing out ‘paper plate’ awards at the disco, highlighting some of the weeks best memories.
Cadet Rogers enjoyed her time at the autumn camp. “RAF Henlow was one of the best camps I have ever been on. The friends I have made and things I did I will never forget. One of the most moving parts of the camp was visiting the American War Cemetery, it was so peaceful.”