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A Resounding Success

Embracing fun, friendship, and belonging at Barry Buddon Camp, Scotland - by Colonel FT Owen

A Resounding Success

14 August 2023

  • Humberside And South Yorkshire ACF

On final parade I stand amidst the echoes of laughter, camaraderie, and achievement at the conclusion of an extraordinary 10-day residential camp at Barry Buddon in Scotland. Our Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and dedicated permanent staff of the RFCA Yorkshire and the Humber have truly outdone themselves, creating an immersive experience that epitomises the essence of inclusivity, fun, and the spirit of togetherness.

This year’s camp was more than just a series of activities; it was a journey of friendship, fostering bonds that will stand the test of time. As we reflect on the memories made, we celebrate the spirited participation of our RAFAC Cadet friends, who joined us for the first time, injecting new energy into our community. The warmth of our Scottish ACF counterparts and the vibrancy of the National Cadet Corps added a unique global dimension to our gathering, enriching the cultural tapestry of our camp.

Inclusivity was our guiding star, ensuring every cadet felt valued and embraced. Regardless of background or origin, we united under the banner of shared experiences, learning from one another and celebrating our diversity. This camp showcased the power of unity, proving that when we come together with open hearts, we forge unbreakable connections.

To the parents who entrusted us with their cadets and to our volunteers who poured their passion into every moment, I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Your support fuelled our success, allowing us to create an environment where young minds flourished, discovering their potential and fostering a sense of belonging that will resonate for years to come.

As we all bid farewell to Barry Buddon, we do so with hearts full of gratitude and anticipation. This camp was not just an event; it was a testament to the enduring values of friendship, fun, and inclusivity that define our Cadet Forces community. We invite those inspired by our journey to join our ranks, as we continue to build a family where every cadet finds a place to belong, thrive, and make lifelong memories.

Together, we stand as a beacon of unity, embracing the future with open arms and boundless enthusiasm.

With utmost appreciation

Col Fred

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