On the 25th of July, CWO Henson, FS Ashby and Cdt Chiprara (Chippy) from 1461 Squadron travelled with other cadets and staff to Bodney Camp for the 2nd Corps Drill And Ceremonial Camp. With 260 cadets in attendance and over 80 staff, including the CACWO and Corps Drill and Ceremonial Warrant Officer, the week was set to be challenging. Both CWO Henson and FS Ashby both attended the first camp in 2014 but for Cdt Chippy, this was to be a whole new experience, having only attended one camp prior to this!!
The aim of the camp was to present a continuity riffle drill sequence to Commandant Air Cadets and other senior members of the Royal Air Force on the Friday, a huge task that required 100% effort from each individual throughout the week.
Training commenced bright and early on the Sunday morning with the camp being split into flights and Squadrons to be able to learn and recap the movements required for the end of the week. The weeks programme didn’t just start and end with drill though, each and every person on the camp was given the opportunity to gain a Heartstart award, Basic Radio Comms and the Cadet Drill Instruction Course award. All three of the ladies that attended successfully gained all three awards!! This is especially brilliant for Cdt Chippy as she hasn’t even been in the corps for a year yet and it is a fantastic way to boost confidence!
FS Ashby celebrated her 19th Birthday whilst on camp and was thrilled when her Squadron clubbed together to be her cake!
As the week went on, people began to tire but the end goal was in sight and as Friday came about, the atmosphere building up to Final Parade was electric. The camp travelled to RAF Honington and completed one full practise of the parade, along with the National Marching Band before it was time to get changed and head to the parade square.
The Commandant arrived and the parade got underway with a formal inspection, followed by the continuity sequence and a performance by the Band. It was an incredible achievement for all involved and the Commandant was absolutely blown away, along with the QCS Warrant Officer and Station Warrant Officer of RAF Honington.
It was an incredibly successful week and a mention must go out to the Directing Staff for pulling off such a difficult challenging.
“It was such a great week to be part of and I have learnt so much and made some fantastic friends from all over the country. I was even given the chance to march my Squadron, around 60 cadets, to breakfast on the Saturday morning which I know is a rare opportunity for someone who hasn’t been in the Corps for very long. I can’t wait to get back to the Squadron and pass on what I have learnt!”
1461 Media Team