21 November 2017
The Guard Cup
Cadet RSM Emily White
The Guard Cup Competition this year was run with the theme of Cambs ACF cap badges. The senior training team, comprised of CFAVs from all 3 companies and two of our most senior cadets, had one stand for (almost) every cap badge that at least one of our detachments are cap badged to. The cap badges include: The Royal Corps of Signals, Royal Engineers, Royal Anglian, Army Air Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps and Kings Royal Hussars (KRH). Without the ability to brig tanks and aircraft into the equation we made do with our resources. Each company entered two teams of mixed ability senior cadets with a nomination of who they wish to be their team leader for each team.
The Signal stand was a small obstacle course in which team members ad to navigate their way around whist blindfolded, using radios only and having to carry objects around with them. This tested not only their voice procedure and signal skills but also the generally communicative ability’s. The engineers stand tasked each to team assemble a 12x12 canvas tent as quickly as possible. The task was Surprisingly difficult to most teams as it required all team members to communicate effectively under the command of one person to work efficiently and effectively to put up the tent. The Anglian stand was a fieldcraft stand. This stand was split into two tasks. The first was an observation lane where the tam had to identify as many purposely placed hidden items within the marked-out area. The second was to answer 10 questions of fieldcraft (written by the cadet RSM) that tested across every part of fieldcraft. A kit check was also carried out to score points.
New to the Guard Cup Competition and Cambs ACF was the scenario stand we created for the Medics stand. We created a scenario of a mini bus crash full of cadets and an CFAV. The casualties were willing cadets from St Ives detachment who we made up in outfits and make up to create realistic looking injuries. As each team approached this stand they were given a map and compass and informed that they were about to complete a navigation stand, little did they know that 50 m away was the mini bus crash that they had to see to. This was a good way to test the cadets in each team on how they work under pressure and perform in stressful situations.
As mention earlier, without the use of aircraft and task, we made do! The KHR stand was an archery stand as the stand focussed on accuracy and precision. This was also a chance for the teams to relax as they took turns. The Air Corps stand was focussed on gathering information through a close target reconnaissance patrol (CTR) before having to return to a specific location to be taken to safety by a helicopter extraction.
The terrible weather on Saturday left the cadets worn out and tired. So, on Sunday, they had a day of adventurous training (AT). The day consisted of shotgun shooting, archery and talks on D of E and CCAT. The end of the day was an opportunity for well performed cadets to be recognised and appreciated. The team who completed the Engineers stand the quickest, raced two ex-royal Engineer soldiers and a senior cadet. Due to excellent leadership, the 1 company team beat the experience opponents by putting the tent up quicker, in a time of 4.30 minutes.
The competition was won by the very successful 1 company team under the control of cadet SSgt Darcie Tegerdine – the same team that won the 12x12 tent race.
Darcie had individual recognition alongside Alexandra Moranto and Liam Rudderham for their excellent leadership abilities and enthusiasm to motivate and encourage their teams. All these young cadets should be proud of their achievements and use them as a booster to further them as a cadet and as skills for life.