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Joint Christmas Cheer

Article posted: Jan 22, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Over thirty Cadets from 1936 (Newton), 209 (West Bridgford) and 504 (West Nottingham) Squadrons enjoyed a Christmas Camp at Walesby Forest Camp site the weekend before Christmas.

Despite having a traditional Fam-ex start to the camp the weekend was aimed more at rewarding a year’s effort from the Cadets. This was reflected in Saturday’s activities which started at the Water Meadows swimming pool in Mansfield. In the afternoon the Cadets were challenged with an initiative exercise to either collect various items or achieve certain goals. One of these was to photograph an expensive car. The result was a close run between a Lamborghini and a Bentley.

The Cadets then had to make a presentation Saturday evening about their exercise. Then keeping with the Christmas theme each Flight of Cadets had to present their own version of the Nativity. This was judged by an X Factor style panel. However some of the Cadets might have to worry about Judgment from a higher power at some time in the future! After the presentations a Disco was enjoyed by all.

Sunday was spent outside in Walesby’s week old snow. Each Flight had a cas-e-vac exercise, a turn in the camps Cave Maze and a go at archery.

The Camp culminated with a traditional Christmas dinner cooked by the four Officers present. Over the weekend the three Flights of Cadets had been judged on their presentations, exercises and archery scores and at the end of the meal it was announced that ‘B’ Flight led by Sgt Ed Chapman of 1936 Sqn had won the Inter-Flight competition.

OC 1936 Sqn Flt Lt Jodi Hudson gave a speech after the competition result and said of the weekend “It’s been great to see the three Squadrons come together so well. This had been a spectacular end to the year for all three Sqns.”

To his surprise Flt Lt Hudson was presented with Birthday gifts after his speech. He received an inscribed Zippo lighter, a watch and a Just For Men Touch of Grey treatment set. For once he said he was speechless.

Cadet Navraj Boughan (14) of 209 Sqn said “This was my first Air Cadet Camp. The Famex on the first night was my favourite activity and I really enjoyed meeting Cadets from other Sqns.”