Battalion Return from Successful Camp

Earlier this month our Battalion recently returned from our Annual Camp, the first camp in three years.

Battalion Return from Successful Camp

29 July 2022

  • 1st Battalion The Highlanders ACF

160 cadets from the Battalion took part in this year's camp. Due to a last minute cancellation it was moved from Warcop in Cumbria to the Battalion’s Training Centre in Dingwall.

Due to COVID-19 and the related regional travel restrictions throughout the pandemic cadet organisations had been unable to hold Summer Camps since 2019. The staff involved in planning worked tirelessly to overcome various obstacles to ensure that the cadets were able to have a camp this summer.

Due to limited bed spaces at Dingwall it meant that the Battalion were split into two one week camps, with different companies attending each week. The cadets were able to take part in a number of challenging activities that included camping out overnight. Taking part in a fieldcraft exercise, learning navigation, first aid and drill. All cadets also took part in a two day adventure training package which included Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking.

This has allowed many cadet to complete their training level and progress onto the next stage in the Cadet’s Training Syllabus. A number of new adults also completed their induction training learning how to teach the cadets the wide range of activities that we cover.

Commandant, Col Mike MacDonald said “We had a large number of challenges to overcome with the change in venue, at very short notice, but the dedication of the staff ensured that the cadets were able to learn new skills and experience some challenging activities for the first time. Camp has been a huge success and we hope that the experience with encourage others to join up at the start of the new school term.”