126 (City of Derby) Spring Camp at Blidworth in Nottinghamshire felt like a winter wonderland this weekend as heavy snow arrived on camp on Friday evening along with the cadets. Not to be deterred by the snow, the Derby cadets decided to keep calm and carry on camping.
126 Squadron were lucky enough to be housed in a new scout centre on Friday and Saturday night. However, during the weekend, the cadets decided to make as much use of the unique weather conditions and continued with their outdoor training program.
On Saturday morning the cadets took part in several training exercises that included first aid, navigation, leadership and survival skills. The cadets learnt how to build shelters, evacuate casualties from difficult locations, perfected their leadership and motivation skills and mastered the art of radio communication.
In the afternoon the group were trained in fieldcraft skills such as field signals, manoeuvres and camouflage. They also tried their hand at observation skills which was not easy as the whole landscape was white over.
Flight Lieutenant Kevin Bissell who organised the camp decided not to let the unique weather conditions pass by without adding an extra competition to the program. He said, “We couldn’t complete the weekend training program without introducing a snowman building competition. In the end, the cadets joined forces and built a life size snowman who they quickly named Corporal Frosty.”
After a busy and tiring day, the cadets tucked in to a home cooked hot meal, washed down with a comforting mug of hot chocolate. Evening activities arrived in the form of a quiz night. The cadets were tasked to create and act out a television advert. They also set about creating captions for some of the amazing photographs that had been taken during the day.
Cadet Warrant Officer Taisiya Marsh was sad to leave Blidworth camp. She said, “This is my last ever camp as an Air Cadet as I turn 20 next week. The snow has made this the most memorable and enjoyable camp I have ever taken part in over the last 6 years. I never thought we could get so much training packed into a weekend and have time to build a magical snowman as well.”