On Saturday 14th June, 13 cadets from different squadrons within South and East Midlands Wing joined together in Llanbedr, Wales for an annual adventure training camp. The week consists of multiple activities including mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling.
One of the first activities was a local indoor rock climbing centre ran by Flying Officer Gaskell, OC 1947 Birstall Squadron who just recently passed his Climbing Wall Award Course. Cadets were taught the correct knots whilst climbing as well as belaying each other allowing them to put all this to practice when the cadets experienced outdoor rock climbing later on the week.
On Tuesday, cadets experienced a day a range of outdoor adventure training activities in Friog, this includes looking at one of the old mines in the area, outdoor rock climbing, abseiling whilst finishing with the final activity of an adrenalin zip wire into a lagoon.
“During the Friog day, when I saw the outdoor rock climbing area I thought it would be quite difficult as I have only rock climbed inside but once I started I got the hang of it, and I’d definitely try it again if I get the chance” Cadet Harrison, 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron
Within the week, cadets switched between mountain biking and a high ropes course on one of the days, both giving cadets an opportunity to try something new. With mountain biking, cadets were taught tips including turning sharp bends and balancing and then following a mountain bike trail within the woodlands. Being lucky with good sunny weather all week, cadets also got a session canoeing at the lake Llyn Padarn in Llanberis whilst also playing a range of games which ended in everyone falling in and getting wet.
On the last two days, everyone packed their expedition sack for a half day walk around Fairbourne leading to an overnight expedition with the following day walking to Barmouth in Gwynedd where both cadets and staff got to explore the local area and spend their last day relaxing.
Though some daunting but exciting, both staff and cadets gave their best effort into all the activities and thoroughly enjoyed the whole week with unforgettable memories.
Thank you for Squadron Leader Carl Stephen Wilson as Camp Commandant and the rest of the staff on the camp for putting all their effort to making the camp run smoothly and allowing us cadets to have a really enjoyable and fun camp with plenty of great experiences on behalf of all the cadets on the camp.
If you are interested in participating in the next Wing Adventure Training Camp, the next opportunity will be at Windermere in October 2014, contact your commanding officer of your squadron for more information.
CWO Wong, 378 (Mannock) Squadron