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Silver and ‘Fools’ Gold in the Snow

Article posted: May 03, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Eight Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) Sqn have completed their practice navigation exercise in preparation for their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Silver D of E Award is made up of four parts including volunteering, skill, physical and expedition which requires a practice walk before competing the ‘live’ walk.

All the Cadets assembled at Stanton Hall in Derbyshire on the Friday evening and then had to navigate their way to their campsite at Hadden Grove where they spent the night.

The following day was the main exercise. After preparing their own breakfasts the Cadets walked a 15.7 km route they had planned before the weekend. Despite there having been some unseasonable snow all completed the exercise.

Sunday involved a change of tempo with the Cadets visiting the Mining Museum at Matlock Bath were they panned for ‘fools’ gold.

Corporal Barnaby Taylor (16) said of the weekend “Walking in the snow was brilliant fun and we all managed to qualify for the ‘live’ walk latter this year.”

209s D of E Officer, Sergeant ATC Jade Brock added “All the Cadets put in a tremendous effort in the snow and we can now look forward to the ‘live’ walk with confidence.”