Cadets from 1947 (Birstall) Squadron enjoyed the late summer sunshine to complete a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition. For four of the youngsters it was their first experience of expedition work and the chance to complete a practice expedition, while the remainder undertook a qualifying journey.
The eight cadets planned their route, kit and menu over a series of training sessions at the squadron headquarters before undertaking the expedition in South Leicestershire. One training evening was spent cooking backpacking meals and assessing their suitability for the expedition. Cadet Frisby said ‘I tried some food ideas that I wouldn’t have normally eaten at home and was surprised how easy they were to cook. They tasted pretty good too’.
Commanding Officer of the squadron, Flight Lieutenant Ian Rose, said ‘the Bronze practice is a great opportunity to bring together many skills the cadets have learnt into one activity. Camping, cooking, navigating, equipment selection and packing are just some of the key skills that are put into practice’.
The expedition was a great success with everyone enjoying the venture. All of the cadets will now go on to complete the remaining sections of the award. Cadet Lapworth said ‘the expedition was hard work but really enjoyable and I look forward to completing my Bronze award early in the new year’.
Written by Flt Lt Ian Rose RAF VR(T) 1947 (Birstall) Sqn