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Fun for Air Cadets in North Wales

Article posted: Dec 28, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Cadets from 1947 (Birstall) Squadron have enjoyed a festive camp in North Wales to round off another successful year. A sprinkle of snow on the mountain tops gave a magical Christmas feel to the hill walking, while a high ropes course provided a vertigo inducing challenge.

Travelling to Snowdonia by mini-bus, the squadron had exclusive use of Bryn-Gwynant Youth Hostel as their base for the weekend. Saturday began crisp and sharp with the weak winter sun providing a little warmth as Alpha, Bravo and Charlie Flights began their ascent of Moel Siabod, one of the high peaks within Snowdonia. Two of the Flights met up on the summit for celebratory photographs and lunch, while taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

During the evening everyone enjoyed a traditional Christmas meal with Sergeant Smith using his skills as a Maitre’De to ensure perfection in the table layout and service. Cadet Brown proposed the loyal toast as the youngest cadet on camp, followed by a speech from the CO. After clearing up, the fun really began with party games and prizes, followed by karaoke and a disco to complete the evening.

Sunday provided a fresh challenge to test everyone’s head for heights on the High Ropes course at nearby Betws-y-Coed. Protected by a safety harness and line, each cadet made their way through the myriad of obstacles, ascending ever higher into the trees. The wobbly planks and rope crossings ended abruptly as completion of the course required a leap from over 50 feet to the forest floor. ‘I couldn’t wait to give it a go’ said cadet Cowan ‘the free fall sensation is fantastic, then the equipment slows your safely to the ground. I wanted to do it all again!’

Flight Lieutenant Rose, Commanding Officer of Birstall Squadron said ‘the camp was a great success and provides an opportunity for all the staff and cadets to enjoy both fun and exciting activities at the end of the year’.

Image1: O the summit of Moel Siabod
Image 2: Navigating the High Ropes Course

By Flt Lt Ian Rose RAF VR(T) 1947 (Birstall) Sqn – South & East Midlands Wing