On the weekend of 20th and 21st June 2015, a group of air cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, South and East Midlands Wing, came together for a training weekend in order to prepare for the Bronze ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’ scheme.
The ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’ scheme is a nationally recognised programme for young people between the ages of 14 to 24. It aims to develop young people and help them to develop new skills. Young people can choose to take part in the scheme at either Bronze, Silver or Gold level – with each becoming progressively difficult to achieve. For the young people of the Melton Air Cadet unit, this is their first experience of the award. Throughout the year they have already been fundraising and giving their time within the community to count towards volunteering hours. Their preparation weekend focuses on them planning their expeditions that they have to complete. The young people have been working hard on working out the routes that they will take on their practice expedition. From there, the young people will continue over the next three months, to develop skills such as target shooting, take part in physical activities and continue to clock up their volunteering hours.
Cadet Joshua Davidson, aged 16, commented, “I find the award really educational and it gives me some input on life skills and looks great on my CV. I look forward to completing the award.”
Flying Officer Daniel McGlynn RAFVRT
1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron