Loughborough Air Cadets braved the elements on a Greens Camp recently, held on the Long Whatton estate with kind permission from the landowner, Lord Crawshaw.
The weekend began with the cadets marching with all their kit, from a drop-off point in Hathern, just over 2 miles away.
On arrival, they embarked on the afternoon’s activities, which included preparing lunch, setting up camp in the woods and taking part in the exercises throughout the extensive grounds, organised by CI Liz Bowyer and her team, which included Sgt Zoe Candlish and Sgt Phil Breeze.
The cadets were tested throughout the weekend on field craft and navigation skills taught to them at the squadron – the highlight of the weekend being a night exercise lasting up until midnight.
“Capture the flag” involved the two flights of cadets and all members of staff – basically “Hide and Seek” in the woods! After a hot chocolate drink the cadets retired, to get up early the next morning for another round of obstacle courses, leadership exercises and fun!
The end of the busy weekend saw muddy, exhausted but smiling cadets marching back to Hathern to be picked up by their parents.
After all the hard work and preparation put in by the staff of Loughborough squadron, it was a successful weekend, helped along by wonderful, dry weather. The cadets are all looking forward to the next Greens Camp, and a chance to play in the woods!