Recently Kent Army Cadet Force (ACF) were pleased to host two VIPs along with our Honorary Colonel Peter Gilbert, on annual camp in Folkestone Kent, over 500 members of Kent ACF enjoyed a wide variety of activities from fieldcraft-first aid, navigation-water sports.
The guests Canon Peter Bruinvels, CC, Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser to Kent and Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Boards and to Kent and Surrey County Councils, and Councillor Oliver Richardson, the Worshipful Town Mayor of Deal and Armed Forces Champion for Kent CC attended a fun packed day to meet cadets and see what a day on annual camp involves.
They met with senior cadets including our Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Siggers, who spoke about his time in the cadets including the pinnacle of his cadet career which was representing Kent in the King’s Coronation Parade and carrying the ACF standard. They also heard from Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets, Cadet Corporal Lillie-Belle Harris, and Cadet Corporal Jayden Poullard, and from our DofE Youth Ambassador Cadet Sergeant Ezri Spring.
The guests had a chance to meet A Company cadets from East Kent on the obstacle course and talk with them about their cadet experiences and the value of being in the ACF. They heard about how the organisation helps young people grow in confidence, learn life skills and make new friends all whilst engaging in fun and exciting activities – and earning valuable qualifications such as DofE and BTEC.
Canon Peter Bruinvels, said:
“I came today and didn’t fully acknowledge the extensive role of the ACF and the wide range of activities that young people can engage in. It’s really opened my eyes to what a great organisation this is for both adults and the cadets alike and so relevant in this day and age’,
All the cadets came across very confidently, were charming and with great enthusiasm – the ACF is a very valuable youth organisation and provides opportunities for adults too”.
Councillor Oliver Richardson, agreed and commented:
“It’s been fantastic to see the adult volunteers committed to shaping the lives of the young people in their charge. There is a wide range of life changing opportunities available within the organisation and I’d encourage anyone looking to find out more to visit the website and get involved.
These young people are the future of our society and the ACF is giving them a great start in life by providing skills for them to include on their CV’s which are attractive to future employers”.