Two cadets from 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron have just completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition in the Langdales, Cumbria.
The practice expedition was completed over 3 days and 4 nights in some of the worst weather that the Lake District could throw at the team.
The cadets arrived on Friday 22 August with cadets from 2070 (Glenfield) Sqn and 1947 (Birstall) Sqn to relatively good weather which continued through the first day of their expedition.
Unfortunately for everyone on camp the weather turned during the Saturday afternoon to a constant drizzle which continued until the cadets returned on Tuesday 26 August. However the cadets carried on through the poor weather completing each day on time and in excellent spirits.
On Sunday night the cadets even wild camped in the mountains, despite the 30 mph wind, low cloud and heavy rain! Cadet Corporals Bailey and Peel, who recently completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, will now have to complete a final 4 day expedition ahead of the remaining 12 months of their service, skill and physical recreation areas of the Gold Award which they are due to complete in November 2009.
Plt Off Stepanian RAF VR(T)
OIC 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron