Cadets and instructors spend Easter in the Outdoors

25 April 2019

Cadets and Adult instructors spend their Easter holidays getting to grips with the outdoors

9 Cadets and 1 adult instructor from 3 Company spend their holidays at 2 of the Cadet Centres for Adventurous training (CCAT) in Capel Curig, Wales and Halton, Lancashire.

7 of the cadets aged 15 were given the opportunity to spend 5 days at Halton training camp on a Multi Activity Package (MAP). They spent each day having a taster session in mountaineering, rock climbing, caving, canoeing and kyaking. The course gave the cadets from Cambridgeshire the chance to meet 30 fellow cadets from around the United Kingdom. When these cadets turn 16 they will be able to attend week long course’s at CCAT which focus on specific adventurous activities.

Cadet L/CPL Harris from Soham detachment said “I loved it, I had a great time on CCAT. My favourite bit was going caving and going through something that is so old but still fascinating”. Cadet CPL Body (Sawston) wrote “Amazing and eye opening experience met lots of lovely people,I would recommend it to everyone”

2 Further cadets and an adult instructor attended Capel Curig training centre in Wales over the same period. Cadet L/CPL Czjaka from Soham detachment took part in the O2F course which taught her how to manoeuvre an open canoe, the correct equipment required, how to undertake individual and group rescues and much more. Czjaka summed up her experience by simply saying “the experience exceeded my expectations”.

Cadet L/CPl Snyman (Linton) and 2nd lieutenant Knights (Sawston) took part in the basic rock climbing course, this taught them a wide variety of skills including rope management, climbing techniques and belay techniques. This course starts off 2nd lieutenant Knights’ journey to becoming a climbing instructor giving him the ability to teach Cambridgeshire ACF’s cadets how to climb.

Cadet L/CPL Snyman really enjoyed his week climbing and has already booked on to his next CCAT course. He wrote “I encourage other people to attend CCAT courses because it was a lot of fun and it was a good way to meet people from all over the UK. Not only is it cheap but it is worth it too”

CCAT courses are open to all cadets and adult instructors within the ACF, Specialised courses are open to 16+ and the Multi Activity Package is open to 15 year olds. These courses cost just £40 and includes everything required such as travel, accommodation, food, equipment and instruction.

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