On the 23rd of February, numerous cadets from 1936 (Newton) Squadron took part in the Bronze National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS). This day consisted of cadets being assessed on navigational understanding which would be very helpful for them in the future when they get round to doing their Bronze, Silver and even Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The day started at 09:00am at Newton’s Squadron HQ. Once the numerous cadets had arrived, WO Bates from Sherwood Squadron and Fg Off Day: Newton’s CO, took the cadets through planning a route onto map using only the route card. After a while, everyone was all set and formed up outside the HQ for the day’s walk.
Newton Goes for NNAS Walk, Cpl Levers with Horse
While walking the cadets learnt about many things from ‘magic numbers’: this is the number of paces taken personally by the cadet to the 100m mark; to country code: Don’t litter, leave gates how you find them and keep dogs under control; to how many children WO Bates had and who would inherit all his possessions (Cpl Levers).
On a serious note, we really did learn a lot about navigation and its real world uses. We weren’t sat in a classroom all day; we were out in the fresh air, putting our navigation skills to the test.
As WO Bates told us: “Take nothing but photos and memories, leave nothing but your footprints.”
By Cpl Connor Levers
Media Team Leader
1936 (Newton) Squadron