Camps

Here are a selection of different camps Keighley Air Cadets get the chance to attend. These include Summer Camps, Autumn Camps, Overseas Camps and Weekend Camps. Click a tab below to read about all the great fun and opportunities our cadets have had away from home!

Hag Dyke Leadership Course

On the first week of August, cadets Hall and Greenwood from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC were picked up by a minibus in Skipton, which dropped us off in Kettlewell which is a small town in upper Wharfdale for a Leadership course at Hag Dyke.

Day One- Saturday

Once we were dropped off we were told to ‘Grab your bags, fill up your water bottles we’re off for a walk’. We were walking up the steep climb to Hag Dyke in less than five minutes, which is 3.06 Km’s from Kettlewell.

Admittedly some of our Cadets which were brought with us weren’t the best hikers in the world which when we got to the top the majority was told to drop your bags get a quick drink and assist the ones that had fallen behind.

After we’d of had an equipment check and sorted everything out we we’re thrown straight into an activity, which was to build a Cairn, we had been separated into two flights before this exercise due to our numbers, there would normally of been Four flights. My flight ‘Red Flight’ lost the first exercise and Cdt. Greenwood’s flight ‘Yellow Flight’ won the first exercise by two points.

 Day Two- Sunday

The following day we woke up at 6:00am sharp, we then had the morning PT (Physical Training) session, after we headed to breakfast which we had a daily Mess Officer and a Duty Officer along with a Duty NCO [Non-Commissioned Officer] which was a different person every twelve or so hours. We then had a lesson about what the equipment Airmen would have with them if they were ever to become stranded.  After this lesson we changed into our Expedition clothes or something suitable for hiking and went atop the moors there. We used the time to learn how to navigate properly using a compass and a map, which we used to go around the moor and to find the wreckage of downed bombers.

 Day Three – Monday

On the third day of Hag Dyke we had a full day about different types of shelters and how to build them, we learned about A-frame shelters, why we use different types of materials for each shelters and so on so forth.

Day Four - Tuesday

It was on day four that we found out that we were sleeping in a parachute, which might I add is surprisingly comfy and warm, we were treated to a lesson about fire and water how to get them both, what to use for tinder, how to filter and sterilise water and also a lecture on leadership.

Day Five – Wednesday

On Wednesday we planned for our D of E which was happening tomorrow, we had to find out the bearing of which we needed to travel on, how many contours we’d go up and how long it’d take to go from point to point. We also had a lesson on knots with the Wing Commander about different types of knots and what the purpose of each knot was.

Day Six – Thursday

Thursday was the day that was certainly an eye opener for all of my flight, since one of our members was injured we still had to go on the expedition, which he had to throw in the towel due to this on the first day, we then ventured on for another five hours going over Buckdon Pike and passing through a number of memorials until reaching our camp site, we then spent an hour putting up our tee-pee’s waiting for the other Flight.

Day Seven – Friday

On the second day of our expedition our fallen member who had to throw in the towel yesterday was allowed to join with us, which improved our moral ten folds, with this in our minds and a belly full of food we ventured on, despite the other flight setting off half an hour before us we quickly cleared that distance and overtook them, along the way we had to do a presentation on fire and water, so we pieced together some natural effects of both on the way back to Hag Dyke, when we arrived we had everything settle down and ease into the ‘chill’ mode since all of us had had a jam packed week, we discussed the week over pizza and juice, afterword’s we sat down with the officers and presented the most hated officer award to one of the officers, we then discussed how the week went, why they did what they did and so on, so forth. We had free time to do what we liked until it was lights out after the lecture.

Day Eight – Saturday.

Our Final day at Hag Dyke was …’fun?’ I guess you could call it, where they had left a cadet in charge of cooking the eggs, which inevitably lead to them tasting… excellent. We then had a race with the Flight Sergeant and the Pilot Officer down to Kettlewell.

Overall the week was one of the best weeks I’ve ever had, you meet amazing people and you learn more than you’d want and you get put under overwhelming amounts of stress, I wouldn’t change the course even if I could. I would strongly recommend it

 

RAF Henlow Summer Camp

Between 2nd and 9th August 2014, 7 cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC attended a Summer Camp at RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire.

Our week long camp began at 08:00 (BST) at our Squadron HQ where we were picked up by the squadron minibus and taken to Wetherby Services, where we got on the coach supplied by Wing.

When we arrived we carried out a Famex. This is a familiarisation exercise designed so that we get to know each other and the base.

Throughout the camp we took part in many different activities, including:

Off-Road Driving, Museum Visits, Flying, Shooting, Drill, Bowling, Swimming, Sports, Disco, Raft Building, visits to Maintenance facilities and many more.

Whilst we were there we were split into 2 flights. A Flight and B Flight. A competition ran throughout the duration of the camp between the 2 flights. A Flight were in the lead until Wednesday, but B Flight won by 200 Points. They therefore won the Best Flight Award.

Overall, all cadets who attended had a great week and loved meeting new people, who, we hope to see again on other camps and events.

 

 

 

RAF Benson Summer Camp

Between 16th and 23rd August 2014, 4 cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC attended an annual summer camp at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire.

At the start of the week, on the coach to RAF Benson, I was worried that I might not fit in with everyone else. But by the time we arrived at the station, I felt alright because everyone was really friendly. When we arrived we were shown our accommodation, tents. Each morning it was cold and I felt like I did not want to get out of bed. But I got used to it.

On the first full day of the camp we completed a Famex. This allowed us to get to know our fellow cadets and the base. At dinner we went to the Junior Ranks Mess, where the food was very good. The first evening of the camp was very relaxed.

On Saturday we had a full day out to the RAF Museum in Hendon, London. Once we had returned to the base, we went bowling. It was really fun, however I was rubbish.

The following day we had a tour of a Merlin helicopter and took part in some sports activities. In the evening we did some small fieldcraft exercises in preparation for a big exercise on Wednesday.

Tuesday was probably the best day of the camp. In the morning we went AEF Flying in the Grob Tutor, where I was allowed to take control of the aircraft and perform some aerobatics. In the afternoon we went flying in a Merlin. It was amazing but intense. Probably the most intense hour and a half of my life!

Wednesday was very interesting. We took part in a number of fieldcraft activities to help improve our team work and leadership skills. This took place in a massive forest called Bramley Training Area. The exercise involved using maps, creating shelters and simulating combat situations. Instead of classy RAF catering, we ate out of Ration Packs. To be honest the packs were actually quite nice. The final exercise was a team death match type scenario where we had to simulate a helicopter crash, and we had to recover the black boxes and rescue the pilot. During this exercise we had to avoid being detected by RAF Regulars pretending to be guards.

On Thursday we had a great day. In the morning we were lucky enough to have a flight in a Puma. I had a great view as I was sat in the seat next to the sliding door. In the afternoon we went ice-skating. I must have fallen over at least 5 times, but is was still a good laugh.

On the final day of the camp, we were given a tour of some advanced Flight Simulator pods, which were really cool! We then had a tour of a small exhibition of the Military of the Middle East, delivered by an Army Reservist who had spent time on operations in the Middle East. Then in the afternoon came the drill competition. This was nerve-racking because the main judge was the Station Commander of RAF Benson. As a matter of fact, my flight won! Our final activity of the camp was a relaxing session of canoeing with some RAF Instructors. This allowed us to chill with our new friends.

On the coach back, I thought to myself, “Why do I have to go home, this camp was amazing!” If anyone else gets the chance to go to RAF Benson, I would strongly recommend that you take it!

Troodos - Overseas Camp to Cyprus

On Wednesday 16th July 2014, Cpl Smillie from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, set off for a 10 Day Overseas Camp at RAF Troodos in Cyprus.

The application process involved completing all of the mandatory activity TG21 consent forms and a personal statement, suggesting why I should be chosen to attend this camp.

 In April 2014, I was delighted to receive confirmation that I had secured a place on a 10 Day Adventure Training (AT) Camp in Cyprus. I honestly believed I did not have a chance!

 The camp lasted a total of 10 Days.

 Day 1 –

 I left home at 08:00 (BST) for the railway station. I got on a train to Leeds and met up with 2 other cadets from our Wing that were attending the camp. We journeyed on to Birmingham International Airport, where we met up with the 1 other member of our Wing and the rest of the camp cadets and staff. Our Monarch Airlines Flight departed at 14:10 (BST) and was due to land at Larnaca at 20:55 (Local Time), however we diverted to Athens, Greece for an hour or so due to a disruptive passenger. When we eventually got there we took a coach journey up into the Troodos Mountains.

 Day 2 –

 Day 2 started with Breakfast in the Troodos Combined Mess and then a briefing from the Camp Commander (Camp Com). Once all the formalities had taken place we had the Camp Photo taken. After the photo, we split up into our flights and carried out a Famex. This exercise is designed to get to know the people you are with and gain an understanding of where you are. After lunch, we went down the mountain slightly to the Skylight Pool complex to complete our Swimming Tests. This test was to ensure that we were competent swimmers for when we went into the water throughout the various activities. The day was concluded with a few little Icebreaker exercises.

 Day 3 –

 This was the first day of proper activities. Each flight did a different activity each day. On Day 3, my flight went down the mountain to RAF Akrotiri to do Scuba Diving and Waterskiing. The Scuba Diving was amazing! Unfortunately it was too windy for us to go Waterskiing. Instead we went to the Akrotiri Physical Training (PT) Flight and played a variety of sports. Then we went off to a small remote Army Barracks, about 15 minutes from Akrotiri, to visit the DCCT. The DCCT (Dismounted Close Combat Trainer) is basically a close combat weapons simulator. Cadets took it in turns to carry out 2 different missions using an SA80 rifle.

 Day 4 –

 On Day 4 of the camp we all went down to the RAF Akrotiri Water sports Club. We took part in 2 main activities which were, Banana Boat and Stealth Ring Riding. These were both great rides and you really had to hold on! We were also allowed to go for a swim and sunbathe. We then had our dinner at the Akrotiri Mess and headed for the Bowling alley.

 Day 5 –

 Day 5 began with an interesting visit to some old Roman Ruins near the town of Kurion. These ruins included a Coliseum and preserved mosques. We all then got back into our 7 vehicle strong convoy and headed for Akrotiri. There we went Karting. First of all we had to watch a video detailing all the Health & Safety information and Flag indications. We then put on our Fire-Retardant suits, balaclavas and helmets. We were then off. In groups of 4 we raced around the track under a 6 minute time limit. It must be said, I was not very good at Karting as I came off the track and caused a 4 minute delay. After everyone had been Karting we went back up the mountain to Troodos and watched a movie in the cinema.

 Day 6 –

 This was another day of activities. My flight was selected to go Sailing and Canoeing at Dhekelia Military Base. However half way down the mountain, the bus broke down. So we had to wait an hour and a half as a replacement was found. It was just before lunch time when we got to Dhekelia, therefore we do not have enough time to go both Sailing and Canoeing. However we made do with an hour or so of Canoeing. Our Canoeing instructor was a RAF Regular PT Instructor. We then had some time to sunbathe before lunch at the mess.

 Day 7 –

 Day 7 was another action packed day of activities. This time, my flight was doing Rock Climbing and Trail Walking. We went about 15 minutes down the mountain to our climbing point, which was a 30 feet high gorge, with a small river running through it. It was a stunning picture. Our instructor for the day was an RAF Regular AT Instructor. After setting all the equipment up, we were given a brief and a demonstration. I volunteered to be the demo and the first climber. I found this rather fun. I got a real sense of achievement as I completed all 3 of the set climbs. As well as climbing we did a few leadership exercises and a trail walk. The trail walk was called the Artemis Trail and included some stunning scenery of the Cypriot Mountains.

 Day 8 –

 The last few days of the camp were chill out days. This was the first. We travelled down to Larnaca to have a day at Water World. This is the biggest Water Park in Cyprus with lots of thrilling rides. We then had a private pool, meal and disco booked at a hotel in Feggaropetra. Our lovely meal was accompanied by some great tunes and a lot of having fun in the pool.

  Day 9 -

On Day 9 we went on a Party Boat that allowed you to jump into the sea. This was very cold. But after a while, you got used to it. There were also Magic Shows, Acrobatics and a BBQ. Once we had returning to port in Paphos we were allowed some free time to wander around the shops.

 Day 10 –

On our final day of camp, we went down to RAF Akrotiri again to do some Waterskiing. This was because we were the only flight who had not done so. It took a bit of time, but eventually I got the hang of it. We then returned to Troodos, where we sorted out Paper plate awards, refunds and got ready to depart for the airport. At 21:55 (Local Time) we departed Larnaca, touching down at Birmingham at 01:10 (BST). I then journeyed back up to Yorkshire with 2 other cadets from our Wing and returned home at about 09:30 (BST).

 Overall this camp was the best thing I have ever done! Not just in cadets, but my whole life so far. The things we got to do were just incredible. I have learnt many new skills and met so many new friends. I am hoping to apply for a camp at RAF Akrotiri next year, so that I can experience it all over again.

To view some of the photos that Cpl Smillie took on his trip click here.

 

RAF Waddington - Easter Camp

In April 2014, Cadet Rankin from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, attended an Annual Camp at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. Here's what he had to say:

My week at RAF Waddington started with a 9:30 pick up from York where I met the coach. It then took a couple of hours to get there via Hull. When we arrived at RAF Waddington we had a series of challenges, to find buildings around the base and to answer some questions about it.

We had free time for about an hour so we all had a massive game of Football on the pitches right next to our accommodation. We had lights out at 10pm and we woke up at 6am but the beds were quite comfy. All the staff, officers and the padre were really nice, most of the time.

During the week we went to 3 Air Museums, one at RAF Digby, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre (LAHC) and Newark Air Museum. At the LAHC there was a Lancaster Bomber with a line of old MG’s in front of it, what a sight. We also saw two Spitfires having a play about in the sky.

Throughout the week we did lots of different Sports and Activities. One of the Activities was a Outdoor Laser Tag, we had to drive there as it was 30 minutes away, and it was in a forest.

And that was my week at RAF Waddington. I had a fantastic time and would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance to go.

 

RAC Camp - Weekend Camp

Written by Cdt C Skwarek

On the 15th of November, 4 cadets and the Cadet Warrant Officer from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC went to a RAC Camp at RAF Linton on Ouse.

It was a Weekend Camp, which is mainly aimed at new Cadets, Cadets who have just passed First Class and Cadets who haven’t been on a Camp before. This Camp allowed you to meet other people from different Squadrons in the same area as you. This camp is meant to be your first so you can get the feel of what a Camp would be like. Also this was a weekend mainly to chill out. This is exactly what happened at our RAC Camp (Regional Activity Camp):

Friday Night: On Friday night we set off from the Squadron at 6 in the Evening. We got to RAF Linton-on-Ouse just after 8pm. When we got to RAF Linton-on-Ouse, we gave the Officer our Consent Forms and the money. Then we were showed where our rooms were. The girls were downstairs and the boys were upstairs. At this camp there were only 2 girls and 16 boys. After we got settled in we had a briefing of what we would be doing over the duration of the weekend and what time we had to be up the next morning.

Saturday Morning: The next morning it was a 6am start for most of us as our breakfast was at 7am. At Breakfast it was a good chance to get to know the other Cadets from different Squadrons in the same area. After Breakfast we marched back to the building we were staying in. Also, we had to make sure our room were clean for an Inspection. When we got back to the building we were briefed on what we were doing that day. 4 cadets went Gliding and the other 14 went to the Sports Hall. We learnt a new sport called ‘rocket-ball’. The aim of the game was to throw the ball at people to hit them to score points. To be honest, I was rubbish at it but I only got hit twice and one time in my face... After that we did an 'Icebreaker Challenge', where we had to get in a straight line as we were all tangled up, however, we couldn't lift our feet off the ground. It was then time to go back to get changed for our lunch.

Saturday Afternoon: In the afternoon 8 cadets (including me) went Gliding. Whilst the other Cadets were learning the sport we did in the morning and having a tournament. Whilst the 1vs1 tournament was going on the others were playing Football. Gliding is one of the best activities you can do whilst you are a Cadet. At about half 4 we went back to the building to get changed for Dinner, which was at 5pm. But we didn’t eat much, as in the Evening we went Bowling and had a Burger. I'm normally quite good at Bowling but I lost as I was up against boys. Then when we got back from Bowling most of us went across to the club were we played Pool.

Sunday Morning: In the Morning we didn't have breakfast until 8am, so we got a bit of a lie in. After Breakfast we went back to the building we were staying in to get briefed on what we were doing for the day. 9 cadets went Gliding, 6 Cadets and the Cadet Warrant Officer went Climbing and 2 Cadets went on the Flight Simulator. I went Climbing with the other Cadets. Climbing is good if you’re not scared of heights. It was shocking how many Cadets are scared of heights! Then, at 11am we went back to the Building to get changed into our Blues. 8 of us got to chill out on the Computers for a bit until Lunch. Then we went for our Lunch at 12am.

Sunday Afternoon: So in the Afternoon another 6 Cadets went Climbing (I went again). Whilst the other Cadets went Gliding or went on the Flight Simulator. Then at around 3pm we went back to the Building to pack our things up, and have a massive cleanup. At around 4pm we took our stuff out and made sure we had everything we came with on Friday. And then at half 4 we all set off home.

The Weekend was very good and I would recommend it to all the new Cadets. I met some amazing people over the weekend. Also, at our Squadron we are thinking of getting ‘Rocket Ball’, so if you want to learn it I would join Keighley Air Cadets. So this is probably the best camp for new Cadets. Also, it gives you the chance to meet other Cadets around the same age as you across the same area as you. 

Driffield Training Camp - Autumn Training Camp

Written by Cpl T Clayton, Cpl R Smillie and Cdt D Connell

On Friday 4th October, 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC sent 5 Cadets to Driffield Training Camp, in order to take part in 3 different Courses. We took part in the JNCO Course, the SNCO Course and the Radio Communications Course. Here is what the Cadets had to say about it:

Through Keighley Air Cadets we get the chance to go on several Camps and Courses throughout the year. Here we can learn or develop our Skills and gain Qualifications to help us in both our Air Cadet careers and future life. 

Radio Course:

The Radio Course was mentally challenging, however it was worth it! We learnt the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, Call signs and Radio procedures. We also got hands on with the Radios and got the chance to communicate with other people around the base to practice our skills, finally at the end of the weekend we had 2 exams a written exam on Radio and a practical exam were we could show of our new skills and pass the course, all 3 of us passed! – Cpl Smillie

JNCO Course:

The JNCO course was designed to get cadets to learn and practice the skills and qualities needed to become or be recognised as a JNCO, on this course we were taught the duties of an NCO and how they differ to a cadet and the skills needed to get to a JNCO role, we were taught how to take a squad of cadets and do some drill manoeuvres, we were also taught how to improve and maintain uniform and how to work as a team and also teach lessons. At the end of the weekend we were assessed on our uniform, how to take a drill squad and we were marked on our skills of talking about a subject, I got a lot out of this course and am starting to improve already, it was a great opportunity - Cdt Connell

SNCO Course:

This course was designed to teach you the roles and duties of a SNCO and how to carry out these roles, over the course of the weekend we were taught how to plan nights, activates and how to run them at a high standard, we also were taught how to teach drill and carry out uniform inspections, we also had several lessons were we all shared tips and experiences to help us all develop, at the end of the weekend we were assessed on our Uniform, a test on how to teach drill and how to plan a night. From this camp I have gained new skills and would advise anyone who is eligible to do the course as it was well worth it – Cpl Clayton

Week at RAF Cranwell - Summer Camp

Written by Cdt C Fox

Four of our Cadets have been given the opportunity to travel to RAF Cranwell, the heart of training for the Royal Air Force, over two weeks throughout August.

Two different RAF Bases, Visited two Aviation Museums, Visited RAF Cranwell’s Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire Department, a Water Fight, a Hockey game, a High Ropes Course, Team Building Exercises, a Drill Competition, Bowling, a Private tour of the BBMF, Laser Quest, King Air Tour, College Hall Officers Mess Tour, Trip into Lincoln, topped off with a Party.

On the First day we got our rooms tidy and unpacked, then had a safety briefing and completed a Familiarisation Exercise (FAMEX). We then had Dinner, which was followed by the Cadets being sorted into two Flights, followed by some free time to meet the people I’d be spending the rest of the week with.

On Sunday, we had a trip to the Imperial War Museum Duxford and in the Evening we played Hockey in the Sports Hall.

On Monday, we went to visit the Air Traffic Control Tower, where we learnt how the teams can control every aircraft that enters the area around the RAF base. After that, we had a visit from the Royal Air Forces Outreach Team, who conducted teambuilding exercises for us. Finally, we went to the on-base Bowling Alley until about 10:00pm.

On Tuesday, we had a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), this was a very interesting and educational visit where we were given access to parts of the hanger that the public are not allowed. After this we played outdoor Laser Quest. We did not get back to the accommodation until around midnight.

On Wednesday, we were able to visit RAF 45 Squadron, who fly the Beechcraft King Air, a twin engine training aircraft worth £5,000,000. We were given a full tour of the aircraft and we were able to sit on the Flight Deck.  Then we had the Camp Photograph in front of College Hall Officers Mess, the spiritual home of the Royal Air Force. 

On Thursday, we had a visit into Lincoln and we were allowed to do as we pleased for the morning. Then, when we got back we were given a tour around College Hall Officers Mess and afterwards we had a Drill Competition between the two Flights we had previously been split into. Then, we all got changed into our Greens Uniform (DPM’s) and had a go on the High Ropes. This was followed by a water fight at the Fire Department using the fire hoses and the water cannons fixed onto the Fire Engines.

On Friday, the day was more relaxed as we visited an Aviation Museum and took a trip to RAF Waddington to do some Swimming, then we had 4 hours free time to shower and pack our things. As it was the last night, we had a party at the Bases Club.

On Saturday we got our belongings on the coach and set off home. 

In all it was a brilliant camp and was well worth going on, I have enjoyed every activity there and more importantly become friends with Cadets from other Squadrons all over Yorkshire. 

Warcop Camp - Summer Fieldcraft Camp

Written by Cdt R Griffin

On the week beginning Monday the 12th of August Four Cadets from our Squadron traveled to the Defence Training Estate Warcop, near Appleby.

It was a five day Fieldcraft Course offered to all Cadets in the North of England. We were the only Cadets from Central and East Yorkshire. Warcop DTE is a Tank and Artillery Training Area, so whilst we were out on Exercise, there would be a range of Tanks and Artillery firing off into the distance. The loud bangs and explosions added to the realism of the Fieldcraft Exercises.

On the first day we got the train up to Appleby, then a lift to the Training Base. Next, we unpacked our bags and had a Camp Brief. Then, we split up into our Flights and had our first lectures from ACP 16. The lectures went on from 12pm till 6pm. We then went to the Mess. After that we were given free time to pack our kits for tomorrow, now that we knew how to do it properly.

The next day we were woken up at half six and got ready to go to the Main Base for Breakfast. After we got back we had to get our kit and walk to the area where we would be staying for most of the week. We continued with ACP16 lectures e.g. Range Cards, Judging Distances, Why Things are Seen and How to Scan Areas. Next, we had an hour break for packed lunches. After that we continued with lectures including Constructing Bivvies, Contents of a Ration Pack and Cooking in the Field. We had then completed our lectures from ACP16, so we went back to our accommodation and had Tea.

The third day we took part in Consolidated Practical Training, which tested our Skills in Patrolling and almost everything else. The exercises were Capture the Flag and Sneak up on the Officers without been seen.

The fourth day we were meant to be bivvieing out but the weather was torrential, so after we had set up our accommodation we completed the rest of the day’s activities; a Reconnaissance Mission, a Medical Evacuation in the Field and Improvised Bivvies. After that, we packed up and walked back to our Accommodation whilst it was raining, then we had to improvise and cook our Evening Meal in the Garage, not in the Field.

The Final day, we cooked our Breakfasts, packed all of our kit, passed our room inspections and had a final debried, then we could go home. 

Overall, I learnt an awful lot of vital Military Fieldcraft tactics throughout the week, which will enable me to complete lots of future exercises. The camp was just £10, and I would definately go agian. With all Cadet Camps, I made lots of new friends who I will be seeing again soon on other Camps.

Hag Dyke - Summer Survival and Leadership Camp

Written by Cdt K Burke

Hag Dyke is a camp which happens near Kettlewell once a year, for Cadets from different Squadrons across Central and East Yorkshire.

Hag Dyke is not accessible by road and the path leading from Kettlewell to Hag Dyke is a steep 2.5K hill climb. The first task was carrying all our gear to Hag Dyke and this clearly set out to us all that this was going to be a physically challenging week.

As soon as we reached the destination, the course had officially begun. We put our kit inside, changed into our Greens Uniform and formed up. We then got straight into the Camp Brief, which involved what we would be doing each day. Everyone was split into teams which were; green, yellow, blue and red flights – I was in green flight.

In these groups we had to work as a team, completing exercises to gain points. These were also the teams for our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) – the expedition covered 17km. Before we went we learned about purification, sterilization and filtration, using different methods to clean water, making it safe to drink. One method we used was steritabbing water, where we filtered water using a steritab into water we found, leaving the steritab for 30 minutes. This was then safe to drink.

Every Cadet had the chance to be the Duty NCO for 3 hours. Staff would put us under pressure using a range of roles and jobs. Throughout the week we learnt key Survival Skills, including the Filtration and Sterilisation of water, Building Observation points and Construction of Emergency Shelters. We were also given good training on Navigating Skills.

The camp was a mixture of Fieldcraft Skills, how to make Shelters from a Para shoot, how to build Fires, and Fishing skills. As well as the Leadership side, where we learned about the role of the NCO, we also learnt about Drill and Uniform - putting these useful lessons into practice by becoming the duty NCO. Everyday started at 6.15am, where we had to be up, dressed and out side for P.T, which lasted for 45mins. This involved running, press-ups and teamwork exercises.

One of the days was dedicated to climbing Great Whernside and we also visited a World War Two crash site of a Vickers Wellington aircraft. We also climbed Buckden Pike and Tor Mere Top. One of the best things I did on camp was the activity where we had 45mins to gather wood to make a fire, boil an egg and then whether or not to crack the egg over the Wing Commanders head, our team earned 1000 points for doing it successfully.

In the end our team won the week with 800 points more than 2nd place team with 4560 points. When the opportunity comes up, it's definitely worth applying for. I am extremely proud of my achievements from this very demanding camp and did my Squadron proud.

The course was physically and mentally demanding and demonstrated the importance of teamwork. I would recommend this course to cadets who want a challenge and have the opportunity to learn key skills. Just make sure you are physically and mentally fit before hand as this makes it so much easier.

Air Cadet Leadership Course - Summer Training Camp

Written by Cpl P Figg

From the 13th to 20th July 2013 I attended Course No. 99 of the Air Cadet Leadership Course (ACLC). The ACLC is a prestigious leadership training course held at RAF Cranwell, the heart of training for the Royal Air Force. The course is highly selective, with only 268 cadets attending the ACLC every year, out of a force of 48,000 cadets.

Course 99 began on the 13th July 2013, after being picked up at the train station the candidates were immediately thrown into the deep end, being told to memorise various phone numbers, names, and pass codes before being aggressively tested on them by the Course Warrant Officer. I was one of the lucky ones who passed after only two attempts, the majority took several attempts and up to two hours to successfully make it through the interview.

Saturday continued with drill and briefings from the Course Commander, Squadron Leader Westley. The drill was meant to assess the standard of the candidates’ ability to command a flight, in order for the Course NCOs to choose who would lead the flight on the passing out parade a week later.

Sunday began at 05:00 with a 1.5 mile run around the airfield to assess the candidates’ fitness levels; a small number of ill prepared people failed this section of the course, with the last person finishing 4 minutes after the required time. Following a brief cool down and breakfast in the Junior Ranks Mess the day continued in the same way as every day of the ACLC, with drill practice for Saturday’s Passing out Parade. Following this the separate flights embarked upon Exercise Singleton, a 20km walk intended to foster an esprit de corps within the flight. This exercise is intended to be difficult at the best of times, but was made harder by the fact that temperatures were in excess of 30 degrees; they remained ridiculously high for the remainder of the week.

Following the customary drill practice, Monday saw the beginning of the Phase One Command Tasks, which were intended to test the candidates’ basic leadership ability and understanding of leadership theory. At this stage the staff offered some constructive criticism and highlighted areas that needed improving upon, failure to improve in time for Phase Two would result in the candidate being sent home on the next train from Grantham.

Tuesday was the day of the Phase Two Command Tasks, which were intended to be more mentally and physically challenging than the Phase One Tasks, and were tailored specifically to each candidate in order to force them out of their comfort zone and into demonstrating the improvements they had made since Phase One. A briefing in preparation for Phase Three of the course was delivered in the early evening. This was followed by a Mid Course Interview, essentially this was to inform you as to whether or not you would be returning to the course for Phase Three or heading to the train station.

Wednesday saw the beginning of the two days long Phase Three, held in the field with cadets sleeping under bivees. The Phase Three Command Tasks were considerably longer and more challenging than those previously undertaken.

Thursday was a continuation of Phase Three; however the pace was increased dramatically, with some people breaking under the pressure being exerted on them by the Directing Staff. After the end of the Phase Three Command Tasks Exercise Top Dog began, this was made up of a physically and mentally demanding orienteering exercise followed by the infamously tough log run. Both of these activities were intended to assess how well the flight worked as a team and to help the Directing Staff choose a best flight; my flight performed brilliantly at this stage, finishing the orienteering exercise 30 minutes and ten points ahead of all the other flights. A Flight was also able to complete the log run in well under 20 minutes, with all members completing the course despite numerous injuries, a standard that was not equalled by any of the other flights. During the night there was a stark reminder of the dangers of the course and the dangers of being so physically active in such high temperatures when a member of D Flight had to be rushed to hospital with severe dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Early on Friday morning the Course broke camp and returned to RAF Cranwell for a day of drill and uniform preparation for Saturday’s Passing out Parade. Final Interviews were held in the afternoon to inform us of whether or not we had passed the course. More drill and uniform preparation followed with numerous people fainting from the heat, that evening a Course social evening was held in the station bar, with the staff and cadets relaxing for the first time in a week.

Saturday the 13th July was, as Warrant Officer Foster put it “the most important day of your lives”, we were going to graduate on the Parade Ground of College Hall Officer’s Mess (CHOM) an honour that is only given to graduates of the ACLC and of the Royal Air Force’s Initial Officer Training Course. The parade was executed immaculately and afterwards many of us took the opportunity to get a photo on the ‘hallowed ground’ of College Hall. Everyone was justifiably relieved and proud of what they had achieved, and I’m sure everyone on the course would agree that it was well worth the hard work.

ACLC was without doubt the best thing I have ever done with Air Cadets and possibly the greatest, most rewarding week of my life, made all the more enjoyable and informative by the hard work and continual witty banter from A Flight’s Commanding Officers - Squadron Leader Brock and Flying Officer Foster. It is a Course that I can thoroughly recommend applying to, I met countless great people, and despite all the hardship I am a better person as a result.

Week in Scotland - Summer Camp

Written by Cdt R Griffin

Between 22nd and 29th June 2013, two of our Cadets went on Summer Camp to RAF Lossiemouth. Here's what Cdt Griffin had to say about his week:

RAF Lossiemouth is one of the RAF's biggest bases and is Britain's main base for Tornado GR4s. From 2013, the Northern Quick Reaction Alert force of Typhoon F2 will relocate to Lossiemouth following the closure of RAF Leuchars. This will leave Lossiemouth as the only operational RAF base in Scotland.

Throughout the week we did all sorts of activities including a fieldcraft activity with the RAF Military Police, indoor rock climbing, taking part in the armed forces day parade, having a water fight with the fire department, team building activities with the RAF careers, spending a day in Inverness, going both bowling and swimming in Elgin.We also visited various sections of the base including the fire department, the Tornado engineering flight,  the 202 search and rescue squadron (Home of the Sea King HAR Mk 3) and the amazing 617 Dam Buster Squadron Tornado hanger.

The Fieldcraft activity with the military police was an incredible event where the camp was spilt into flights and each had objective and one team was trying to avoid being captured by the other team whilst trying to rescuer a downed pilot and a photo reconnisans pod the other team was trying to capture the pilot and the rescue team.

The team building was led by two members of the RAF carriers and a marine they taught us a lot about working as a team and helping each other out and not just thinking how am I going to do this but how are we going to do this after these activates we had all pretty much become close friend.

After visiting various sections of the base and some other sections of RAF Kinloss we all learnt a lot about how such a large base works and how many people go unrecognised in search and rescue, maintenance and engineering.

We also got to explore the town of Lossiemouth after the armed forces day parade and an amazing display from both the Tornado GR4 and the Sea King HAR Mk3. We got to see the equipment the RAF Regiment use and rely on on a daily basis

On the way back we all had lots of fun but nobody wanted to say bye we had all made such good friends. It was one of the best things I have ever done with cadets if I get another chance I would jump at the occasion to go again and if anyone else wants to go I gladly recommend it.

Wathgill 2013 - Weekend Training Camp

Written by CWO Snowden

Over the weekend of 17th-19th May 2013, 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC were fortunate to be able to take 7 Cadets to DTE Wathgill, to take part in a JNCO Course, a First Aid Course and Fieldcraft Basic Skills.

Wathgill is the nearest large Training Area to Catterick Garrison, making a prime location to conduct Fieldcraft Basic Skills.

This involves teaching Cadets how to Cook whilst out in the Field, how to Silently move to an Observation Post, how to set up Bivvies and camp out in a Camouflaged and Concealed manner, and Why Things are Seen.

There were also leadership exercises built into the training program. We were fortunate enough to send 4 Cadets on the Fieldcraft Course. View the image gallery here.

2 other Cadets attended the JNCO (Junior Non Commissioned Officer) Course. This Course is designed to teach Cadets the Skills required to become Corporals on Squadron, and also assess the competency of the Cadets for promotion.

Cadets take it in turns to lead a Squad in Drill, learn different styles of leadership and discipline, and produce and deliver a presentation on a topic of their choice. To learn more about our rank structure, visit our rank structure page here.

We also sent one of our Cadets on a First Aid Course. This follows the structure of the St John's Ambulance Service Training Program, teaching all about how to assess a situation and what actions need to be taken.

Not all of the Cadets who were on the First Aid Course achieved the award and certificate, but 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC's Cadet did. He is our first on Squadron, the first of many to come.

 

Wathgill is a Wing Camp. It takes place once a year in May, and all the Cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC who attended, made new friends and really enjoyed their weekend. Another opportunity you will only get with Air Cadets.

 

NACATC Windemere 2013 - Spring Adventure Training Camp

Written by Cdt L Towler

On 23rd March, 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC sent 3 of our Cadets on one of these camps. Here is what Cadet Luke Towler had to say about his week:

This camp was to introduce us to different activities the corps has to offer, and to show us how amazing these can be. From the first day, we were learning new skills, this was essential for later on in the week. The week also taught us the meaning of teamwork, especially when we were out on the hill. On the journey to Windemere nobody on the bus was talking to each other (because we didn't know each other), however, as soon as we were shown to our room, everybody helped each other out and brought out the best in everyone, which created a nice atmosphere within the accomodation.

DAY 1: Today we did our DofE practice expedition, we all learnt about bearings and how to orientate the map to match our surroundings. The skills we learnt that day weren't just useful for our expedition, but for life. Also, the day gave everyone an opportunity to socialize with our team, as we were split into 3 groups. I was separated from the people I already knew which I thought was great because it gave me a chance to talk to new people, who are now some of my best mates.

DAY 2: By now most of the group knew each other and we were working together, which created a nice atmosphere for our adventure training. Today we went swimming to do our basic swimming competence which allowed us to go kayaking in lake Windemere, this meant swimming 4 lengths of the pool (50m) using a recognized swimming stroke and then treading water for 2 minutes. After this we had to exit the pool un-aided. After completing our swimming tests, we had some free time in the pool which was great, most of us were learning how to dive, which resulted in some painful belly flops... Also, today we had a chance to do some climbing, team building activities and other high ropes courses. I did the Leap of faith, which was my favorite - despite the pain of the harness...

DAY 3: Due to bad weather we couldn't do any outdoor water activities, so we went up to do some sledging and had a big snowball fight, which was great because the staff joined in too. We used our orange bivi bags to go sledging down one of the hills in Windemere. Later that day there was an opportunity for mountain biking, climbing and orienteering. I got lost with another cadet called Jess for two hours, even though this was bad for the staff it taught me the importance of map reading and keeping warm. Not everyone got to do every activity that day because there wasn't enough time, and there were some search parties looking for me and Jess. However, I did get the chance to do more climbing on a different indoor wall. This was slightly higher and harder as the wall had different difficulties, even though I got to the top I wouldn't have done it without learning new techniques, thanks to the great instructors. This day was also my teams day for catering in the kitchen, which meant cooking for the whole group, this was another way of team building and (despite some of the washing up) was a great idea.

DAY 4: Today we did more swimming, as the weather wasn't great, however, in the pool were lots of slides which were fast and fun. I loved today because even though the staffs plans had fallen through, there was something fun and exciting planned. Today we also did more work on map reading and had to write up our route cards for our DofE expedition, we have progressed a long way in our map skills and I feel I have learnt a lot.

DAY 5: This was our DofE expedition day, which meant packing our rucksack with everything we'd need and setting off on our adventure. As soon as we started we hit a major problem - we were lost... And sadly I was the one map reading! Luckily we found the correct route and I corrected my mistakes and lead the way with help from my team, we all worked together well when it came to navigating up the mountain, we all kept each others morale up (or moral as Jess insisted it was) and found our way to the camp site (only 5 hours late). We all found that our backs killed from the expedition rucksacks and all of us were ready for bed, after putting up the tent, I had my boil in the bag pasta and went to bed with chocolate, which fueled me for the next day. The camp site though, had excellent facilities!!

DAY 6: After waking up and skipping breakfast some of us were cold and down, however, once we re-packed and took the photo we were ready to go again and everybody was back in form, we set off singing flying the flag and this day was the best. Even though we were the last to leave the camp site, we were the first to arrive at the destination. We were all very proud of our selves until we found out we had to walk right back to the centre which did put a damper on things, but it meant we could see all the sights of the local community and when we finally arrived back home we were all proud of each other, knowing that we have completed a challenge which, at the beginning of the week, none of us could do. Today was a sad day, because it was the last full day that we would all see each other, luckily, staff ordered a takeaway pizza for tea and we watched TED. Most of us were shocked that the padre was there and even laughed at some of the jokes...

DAY 7: This was the final day and nobody wanted this day to come, as we had to say good bye. After the big clean up, we all boarded the coach, sad to say good-bye to the best week of my life!

Overall, this week was incredible and it is the best camp I have ever been on, the staff were amazing and all the cadets who attended are now my good mates, I'm even meeting up with them again soon! From getting lost, to climbing, every second of that camp was amazing and I would do anything to see everyone there again. Amazing!

NACATC stands for National Air Cadet Adventure Training Centre. We have 2 different centers, one in Windemere and one in North Wales. Annually, our Squadron get the chance to send Cadets to these centers for week-long camps, where they do nothing but have fun and take part in Adventure Training!

Nordic Skiing 2013 - Winter Overseas Adventure Training Camp

Written by CWO Snowden

Between the 11th and 20th January 2013, one of our Cadets was selected to attend the Air Cadets annual Nordic Skiing Exercise to Zwiesel, Germany. Here's what Flight Sergeant Snowden had to say about the trip:

This involved 6 days of Nordic Skiing with a mixture of RAF Ski Instructors and Local German Instructors. On the first day, we stayed in small groups and went through a few basic manoeuvres, whilst secretly being assessed by the RAF Instructors. These Instructors were rating us on Strength, Stamina and natural Ability. The next day we were split into 8 ability groups.

We spent the next 3 days training for a special Nordic Skiing Award known as the Langlauf Award. This is an internationally recognized award which is split into 3 levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold (just like the DofE). We were also training to climb to the top of a mountain, "The Arber".

Training was strenuous, but very, very fun. We spent 6 hours a day practicing techniques such as; Diagonals, Skating, Double Poling, Double Poling with Kick, Herringbone, Snowplough, Snowplough Turns, Stepped Turns and Changing Tracks. At the same time, we were also covering around 20KM a day travelling up and down the hills around the mountain.

Because we had been split into ability groups, everybody kept up, there were no stragglers. The Instructors pushed us though, it was not an easy day, but the Instructors knew when we were at our limits. We stopped for regular breaks, and occasionally stopped for a little jump - always producing laughs.

All this was in temperatures averaging around -19 C. I was wearing a thermal top and an anorak, and I was still too warm, this just shows how strenuous the activity was.

Finally, Thursday came around, the day of travelling to the top of the mountain - "The Arber". Today the weather was appalling, visibility was down to around 3 meters, temperatures were around -23 C and we had a 40KM round trip ahead of us. The final 5KM stretch to the top wasn't even a track, it was just a winding stretch of deep snow. This was by far the hardest day, however, every single person on the trip was glowing with a sense of accomplishment that night. 

Friday, today everybody was recovering from the tough climb up the mountain, but today was the day of testing. Today we would show off what we had learnt throughout the week in a bid to achieve a Langlauf award. Starting off with Bronze, all 59 Cadets on the trip accomplished it. Bronze was a basic skill level, demonstrating that you had learnt a small set of techniques for Nordic Skiing. 

Now onto Silver, this involved demonstrating everything required for a Bronze award, but to a higher standard. You also had to demonstrate ability in an extra set of techniques, which were harder than Bronze. I was one of only 7 Cadets who were given the chance to try out for Silver, and I let myself down unfortunately, falling at one of the last hurdles. 

Following on from the Langlauf Awards, we all competed in a Time Trial, for a sense of Individual Pride. The route was a short 4.6KM and was mostly uphill, taking me 7 minutes 23 seconds. After this was our Team Relay race. I was nominated for our team.
 14 Teams entered, and we finished 3rd, winning Regional Blues for the Team Members.

That evening, we had a Course Meal, where Awards were presented to all participants and Instructors were given gifts. This has been my favorite Air Cadet Camp so far. It was hard work at times, but 100% worth it. I made friendships and memories that will stay with me forever, and will certainly be going back next year to gain my Silver Award and possibly Gold. 

A week I will never forget. 

 

Check out the photo gallery here.

RAC Linton-on-Ouse - Weekend Camp

Written by Cdt L Towler

RAC stands for Regional Activity Centre. These camps are usual only from a Friday night until a Sunday night, and are very frequent. There is one every weekend for different groups of squadrons.

The purpose of RAC camps is for Cadets to get the chance to do lots of different types of activities. The following was written by Cdt L Towler;
 

This was one of my favorite camps I've been on in my Cadet career because I did every activity I wanted to do.

We got to go Gliding, which was the first time for me, I was taught about the pitch of the aircraft.

Also those who had never shot got the chance to do a Weapon Handling Test (WHT), enabling them to go Shooting later on in the camp.

We did Leadership activities, Initiative exercises and Team Building exercises, which has made me a better Cadet, ready for when I get promoted.

In addition to this, We got to go Laser Questing and have a bite to eat on the last evening, which gave us a chance to get to know each other even more. I made lots of new friends from other local squadrons.

Overall it was a fantastic camp.

RAF Waddington Camp - Summer Camp

Written by Cdt R Smillie

2 of Keighley’s Air Cadets went on an Autumn Camp to RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire.

After an unexpected delay we arrived at our accommodation at RAF Waddington. We were allocated our own little section of a porter cabin. We were then ordered to unpack and march down to the RAF Waddington Operations Briefing Room for a Camp brief. After this we had to prepare our uniform. An iron and ironing board were provided to each cabin.

The next day we woke up and marched down to the Sergeant and Warrant Officers Mess for our first full English breakfast. Once we had finished our breakfast we began the Station Fam-Ex (Familiarisation Exercise), to do this we split into our flights and answered questions about RAF Waddington. This involved wandering around the station, getting an idea of what there is at RAF Waddington. After the Fam-Ex we jumped onto the minibus and travelled to Newark Air Museum.

The next day we travelled to RAF Coningsby to visit the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; this involved a guided tour of the historic Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricane and a Dakota.Later that afternoon we did lots of Leadership Activities with the RAF Motivational Outreach Team. This team is part of RAF Careers so they were able to answer any questions about a career in the RAF. That evening we had dinner in the mess and then set off in a coach to RAF Cranwell, where we went bowling.

The next morning I was lucky enough to have Work Experience in the ATC (Air Traffic Control) Tower at RAF Waddington. It was an amazing opportunity and I learnt a lot form it. On the other hand the other Keighley cadet was at a briefing as she had been chosen to go on an 8 hour mission over Germany with the Sentry Squadron; based at Waddington. Unfortunately, this was cancelled due to a fault in the aircraft. To cheer everyone up we went over to RAF Digby, to view the Operations Room Museum.

The next morning we went to visit RAF Number 8 Squadron which operates the Sentry E3-D aircraft. We were given a guided tour of this aircraft and got to see the flight deck. This was amazing, as earlier in the week we had the chance to go on the 15 million pound Sentry Flight Simulator. Later that afternoon we went to Number 5 Squadron which operates the Sentinel R1 aircraft. We were given the same opportunities as we were on the Sentry. After this we all went back to our cabins and began to pack. However, after dinner that night we all went to the Camp Disco. This was great fun, one final chance to socialise with the other people on camp. During the disco the Camp awards were handed out to individuals that had tried very hard to do everything on Camp to the best of their ability.

The next morning we all packed up and got on the coach to come back home. Overall the camp was a privilege to be on, as I met loads of really nice people and had some incredible experiences. A week I will always remember.


Cdt R Smillie took some photos during the camp to RAF Waddington. View the gallery here.

JHQ Rheindahlen - Summer Overseas Camp

Written by CWO Snowden

This year I was lucky enough to go on an Overseas camp, to JHQ Rheindahlen, Germany. We did activities such as Swimming, Go-Karting, Visit to Cologne, Visit to Möhne Dam and a Visit to a Eurofighter Typhoon Luftwaffe Base.

This involved a week away from home, between August 1st and 8th. A coach picked me up at Leeds Bus station, where I met 51 other cadets from other squadrons, who would all be joining me on the trip to Germany. These would soon become great friends of mine, and people I will remember for a life time. 

Every day was completely different. On the first day we went swimming, to a local swimming pool in the nearby town of Mönchengladbach. At the swimming pool, every Cadet was given the opportunity to earn their Beginner and Intermediate Swimming Proficiency. These demonstrate how well a Cadet can swim. Later that evening, we hopped back onto the coach and took a short trip into Holland, to go Go-Karting. Everybody had a real laugh.

 On the second day we had a visit to Cologne, and climbed Cologne Cathedral's Tower, which is over 157m tall! We counted over 563 stairs! Later that afternoon we visited other parts of Cologne, including the Olympics Museum - at that very time London was hosting the 2012 Olympics. We also got the chance to tour the Lindt Chocolate factory, and go shopping on Cologne high street. 
After heading back to base and eating our evening meal, we were given a short amount of rest time and then off to the Base's own Youth Club to do an Air Cadet/Germany themed Quiz.

 The next day we travelled to the Möhne Dam. This was 1 of the 3 dams attacked and destroyed by 617 Squadron,the Dambusters. It was a chance for us to see part of the huge impact the RAF made on WWII. It was where months of planning and practice came together, it was where members of the RAF sacrificed themselves for others, and it was where Operation Chastise was accomplished. Wing Commander Guy Gibson led the attacks, in which 53 members of the RAF were killed and 3 more were taken prisoner. As Air Cadets, this was a special visit for us.
Later that day, after our evening meal, we went back to the base's own Youth Club and sat down quietly. We'd had a long day, so the Officer in charge of us set up his laptop and a projector, and we watched the movie, "The Dambusters". It was a very fitting end to a fantastic day.

 On the 4th day we travelled back into Holland to go to a place called "Break-Out". It was an adventure training centre. There was a high ropes course, an archery range, a cave network and a 20m high climbing wall. We spent the entire day here, getting mucky and working as a team, building friendships that last a lifetime. 
That evening the staff arranged for us to go bowling. Fortunately, JHQ Rheindahlen hosts its own bowling alley, so we didn't even have to leave base! Everyone had fun and it was a great way to wind down before bed. 

 Our penultimate day, the staff had kept quiet about what we would be doing today. We hopped onto the coach and took a short drive. We arrived at a Luftwaffe Base! Here, members of the RAF were serving alongside members of the Luftwaffe on a Eurofighter Typhoon base. We were taken to a hardened aircraft shelter where 2 German pilots showed us around a Eurofighter Typhoon, giving us all kinds of little details about it. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

 To round off the week we, again, visited the base's own Youth Club, where tonight, the staff had organized a disco for us. For a few hours we did karaoke and had a great time together. There were friendships made that will last lifetimes, and the disco was our last night together. 

 Finally, we packed up our suitcases, set off for the airport and boarded a plane back home. It was the best week of my life. We did so many different activities, I made so many new friendships, I didn't stop having fun for one second, the entire week.Its another Air Cadet Camp that I will never, ever, forget.

 JHQ Rheindahlen is one of many Overseas Camps Air Cadets get the opportunity to go on. We can also visit RAF Akrotiri - Cyprus, Ramstein AFB - Germany, and many other adventurous training camps located all around Europe.

MoD Boscombe Down - Summer Camp

Written by Cdt L Towler

For our summer camp some of the members of 2431 (Keighley) Squadron got the opportunity to go to MoD Boscombe Down.

Everyone who was going on the trip met up in York to head off on our summer camp, this was my first Annual Camp so I could only compare it to the shorter camps I've been on and it was by far the most fun, exciting and enjoyable camp.

When we first got there we were shown to our rooms, even though you didn’t know your room mates by the first night you were all ready mates and having a laugh, you would share whatever luxury’s you may have, for example, Jaffa Cakes went down really well.

To start with we all participated in some team building activities to get us acquainted with everyone on camp, after the initial introduction we were set to have the most thrilling camp yet. We went to various Museums, Laser Questing and were even able to go flying, some went twice. We had Drill Competitions, Comedy Drill competitions, we ate out, and to top off a brilliant week, we had a party at the end to celebrate the great week we had.

You are also able to make friends that you will remember for the rest of your life, and even the nicknames stick in your head... Over all it is one of the most enjoyable times throughout my cadet career so far. The Leadership and Team Building Skills I have learnt will stay with me forever and will bid me an advantage for when I get to go on the NCO course.

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