Cadets Strive for Silver
Twenty Four Air Cadets from across Nottinghamshire have successfully completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Practice Expedition in the Peak District National Park.
The cadets from Squadrons in Long Eaton, Stapleford, Beeston and Bilborough completed an arduous route spanning 2 nights, 2 days and 36 km to successfully complete their Practice Expedition. The Expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award requires cadets to complete a Practice and Assessed Expedition during which a qualified assessor assesses cadets against the 20 expedition conditions stipulated by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This weekends expedition saw cadets battling extremes of weather with snow drifts on the ground in places, night time temperatures below freezing and hot, dusty and dry daytimes.
Flight Sergeant Laura Allen of 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron commented that “the expedition was hard but we worked well together as a team and made sure we all got through it, despite some challenging moments!”. The cadets will now begin planning their routes for the final expedition in May when the cadets will take on the western side of the Peak District in the 3 day, 2 night final expedition.