28 cadets from 16 Squadrons plus 9 staff from the Wing left for RAF Kinloss for Easter Camp on Wednesday April 1st. After a long 12 hour coach journey the party arrived at Kinloss ready for the late evening meal arranged by the Camp Com, Flt Lt Valerie Smith (1084 Sqn) who had been there since Monday evening.
Up early the next day and the start of an action packed week.
Activities included a low ropes course, sports, indoor climbing wall, flying the Nimrod flight simulator, a close inspection of the cockpit and rear compartment of the Nimrod, a visit to RAF Lossiemouth to see the Tornado and sit in the cockpit, shooting on the range (1 Wing and 2 Region marksmen, plus some cadets firing the cadewt target rifle), navigation exercise, and 23 swimming proficiencies.
Visits to the sections included Air Traffic, Fire, Armoury, Life Raft, Police dogs, and the Air Rescue Co-ordination Centre which controls all rescue searches for the UK.
The night exercise started very well with demonstrations of cam cream application, first aid in the field and cooking in the field. Just after the exercise itself started the ACLO Team had to call everyone back in when a suspicious character was seen by a group of cadets lurking under the trees. Unable to find the man the exercise was called off and the RAF Police and Guards called out. The cadets were ferried back to the block while to area was closely searched and all voted it the best and most exciting night ex ever, suspicious ‘spies’, armed guards, police dogs running round but back early and no injuries – what a result!
The social side was not forgotten with a trip to Fort George, which was very interesting despite the weather, and the chocolate drinks and cake were a real treat.
Bowling and skating added to the fun filled week which was rounded off by some fun and games with the Careers Office Team running team building and leadership exercises on the last evening.
Up at 0500 on the last morning for an early breakfast and on the road by 0700 leaving the Camp Commandant and Adjutant to close the camp down and hand over the block to the ACLO.
The staff hoped for a quiet bus journey back but this was not to be as all the cadets were still on a high from what had been a great week’s camp.
Best cadet – Cpl Fitzpatrick (1F Sqn), most improved cadet – Cdt Sarah Johnson (1084Sqn) with B Flight clear winners of the Inter Flight Competition.