It may have been local, in fact it was in 1936 (Newton) Squadrons HQ sports area, adjacent to the HQ Building, but some 17 Cadets and various members of Staff camped out for one of the warmest weekends this year over the weekend of 17th to 19th of August.
The OiC of Newton, Flying Officer RAFVR (T) Helen Day made sure everything was ready before hand for this Cadet planned and directed weekend camp. The cadets were housed in the squadron’s military tents, 4 or 5 to a tent. While the OiC had a rather nice two man tent to herself, just next door, CI Sean Swales, brought a rather palatial 6 berth tent, with two bedrooms, and all mod cons, “I’m too old to rough it” he said. Other members of staff popped in at various times during the weekend to help with specific tasks.
The catering for the weekend was very nice, with lots of actual home cooking like pasties, and sausage rolls from Civ Com Treasurer Colleen Rothwell, with help from her husband Steve. Though for breakfasts, the choice was down to more basic, simpler cooking from Fg Off Day, and CI Swales.
There were many different activities squashed into the short time that the weekend allowed. Friday night was kicked-off with a Night-Ex that involved ghouls – very scary! After a supper it was straight to bed, because the morning started off early with a First-Aid scenario being performed, and judged. Along side this, a leadership exercise was done. Afternoon brought a swim at Bingham Leisure centre, followed be a highly successful, and hilarious “Britain’s Got Talent” by the Cadets, judged by some of the Staff. With the night time finished off with a good DVD. Morning was another early start, with a very water intensive obstacle course. Since it was the hottest day of the year so far, into the 30’s, the water soaking was very welcome by all the cadets, including the NCOs, who probably got wettest of all.
Finally, a quick tidy of the squadron took place, so everything will be neat and tidy for the next parade.
By CI Sean Swales
1936 (Newton) Squadron MCO