Twenty five Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) and 1279 (Melton Mobray) Squadrons started December with their annual Christmas Camp at John’s Lee Wood campsite on Leicestershire.
The weekend long camp included many physical challenges which saw the Cadets using ropes to construct walkways, swings and finally a rope bridge. They also took part in First Aid exercises, orienteering and a confidence course.
Cadet Bronwen Pole said she enjoyed the First Aid exercise because of the excitement of being in a realistic situation with Staff Cadets being made up to have injuries. Cadet Adam Davis picked the rope crossing exercise as his favourite activity saying “it was really good even though I’m scarred of heights, but I conquered my fears.”
The last exercise of the camp involved all the Cadets working together to build a rope bridge. The Cadets had been split into two Flights for the weekend. The leader of each Flight was briefed by the Staff who in turn briefed their Flights. Each Flight had to build an ‘A’ frame which was positioned o each side of a ‘river.’ The Flights then had to add a rope for a walkway and two ropes for hand rails. Sgt Barnaby Taylor of No1 Flight said “We had to use all the skills gained over the weekend to build the bridge and everybody got across safely.”
The final activity of the weekend was Christmas Dinner which was prepared and served by the staff. The tables were laid out with Christmas Crackers and party poppers and the chicken dinner was most welcome after two days of outside activities in December.
At the end of the Camp Flight Lieutenant Steve Richards, OC 209 Sqn, held a final parade and told the Cadets, “I was very impressed with the rope bridge and how excellent it was. I would like to thank you for your efforts and your good moral and enjoyment was obvious.” Flt Lt Richards then presented the following awards.
Best Female Cadet – Cdt Bronwen Pole
Best Male Cadet – Cdt Jordan Hayden
Winning Flight – No1 Flight, I/C Sgt Barnaby Taylor
Best Achievement – Cdt Adam Davis
Most improved Cadet – Cdt Freddie Filz
Lovey Dovey Award – Cdts Eddie McManus and Laura Toplass