Summer camp experience for cadets at home and abroad

Sandy Cadets at summer camp - with a Red Arrows Hawk.
Sandy Cadets at summer camp - with a Red Arrows Hawk.

During the summer holidays, cadets from 22 (Sandy) Squadron have attended four different camps in the UK and overseas in Gibraltar.

The first camp was the Corps Drill and Ceremonial camp, attended by Corporal Ian Mansion, who carried out various activities, such as archery, radio communications, continuity drill, and learning rifle drill impropriation for a large parade at the end of the camp with the Air Cadet National Marching Band.

Sandy Cadets at summer camp - with Merlin Helicopter and flight crew

Sandy Cadets at summer camp - with Merlin Helicopter and flight crew

Three days after the Drill and Ceremonial camp, Corporal Ian Mansion and Sergeant Peter Hessey were off to an overseas camp to Gibraltar. There they had the opportunity to visit the historic Siege and WWII tunnels, police dogs and fire sections, high ropes course, as well as enjoying the weather on the beach and a waterpark.

The next camp for the Squadron was held at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, starting on August 22, with Corporal Matthew Foster, Cadet Elliot Croucher, Cadet Louise Keetley and Cadet James Prentice attending, as well as two staff members with Civilian Instructor Jeffrey Henshaw, and Flight Lieutenant Brian Storey RAFVR(T), who was also in command of the camp.

During camp at RAF Shawbury, the cadets undertook many activities, including archery, air rifle and clay pidgeon shooting, rock climbing and swimming, as well as a visit to the Aircraft Maintenance & Storage Unit. Here they got to look around and sit in a Red Arrows Hawk, a tour around a Merlin helicopter, and all the cadets on camp went flying in either Squirrel or Griffin helicopters, as well flights in Tutor training aircraft.

The final camp of the summer was held at RAF Waddington, starting on August 29, with Cadet George Arnold, Cadet Leon Obi and Cadet Jack Smiths attending. Here they were treated to a 1 hour 30 minute flight in a King Air training aircraft, as well as using the flight simulator and visits to the RAF regiment.

Sergeant Peter Hessey said of the Gibraltar camp: “It was an amazing camp, I really enjoyed the experience and feel like I gained a lot from it”.

Cadet James Prentice said of the RAF Shawbury camp: “Camp was amazing. My favourite part was flying in a Tutor aircraft and getting to control the aircraft.”

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