Cadets boarded the coaches from the pick up points across the county, and arrived at camp where an advance party of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers were waiting for them, each cadet was checked off and assigned a room and their cadre. Booking in completed the cadets then picked up their kit and carried it to their rooms, finding a bedspace and started unpacking.
Bed's sorted and kit squared away the cadets then made their way to the cadre offices where they were given a quick opening briefing and then started the admin that happens at the start of camp, nominal roles were checked, any kit they needed was noted down and some issued with the rest to follow later. Cadet ADS (Assistant Directing Staff) took charge, tours of camp and additional checks taking place before making their way to the cookhouse for evening meal.
After dinner the cadet ADS watched the cadets whilst Sussex ACF Commandant Colonel Morris, deputy Commandant Lieutenant Colonel Earley and Adult Regimental Sergeant Major Bartlett gave their opening addresses to the staff, Colonel Morris thanked the staff for giving up their own time to make camp happen and gave a quick update on the number of cadets in the county, 1022 cadets are on the books with Sussex, the first time we have been over a 1000. He then handed to over to Lt Colonel Earley who briefed the staff on camp, training and various events going on throughout camp. The RSM then gave a brief update on standards and behaviour before the adults were dismissed.
All of the cadets were called to the gym on camp to see a safety video ahead of a potential Chinook visit and flight later in camp. Afterwards they were returned to their cadres and carried on preparing for the camp ahead. Training was brought to a halt just after 8pm and the cadets got their first chance to visit the NAAFI this camp, Lights out was at 2230 to ensure the cadets were well rested ahead of Day 2 of camp.