26 July 2018
Cadets and adult volunteers from Cumbria Army Cadet Force will join forces with Cumbria and Lancashire Wing of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets at Otterburn Training Camp in Northumbria over the next week. 190 cadets and 50 adult volunteers [AS1] will be heading to the camp for eight days, which will see them take part in a full programme of activities. Highlights include Drill, Skill at Arms, Field Craft, Shooting, First Aid and Navigation, but there is plenty of time for recreational activities, such as archery and just hanging out with friends.
This annual summer camp gives the cadets the opportunity to develop further the skills they have been learning at their detachments and progress through the Army Cadet Force syllabus. It also enables them to meet other young people and make new friends from all around the county.
This is the second year that the Army Cadets and Air Cadets have joined forces on summer camp and follows a successful trial last year. This partnership provides a unique opportunity for the cadets to share skills and experiences from their own training to help each other develop through their cadet career. It is hoped that this partnership will continue to grow and develop further.
The cadets will also have the opportunity to meet and talk to one of the renowned ‘Ice Maidens’ – part of the six-strong team of serving Regular Army and Army Reserve personnel who became the first all-female group to cross Antarctica on muscle power alone.
Colonel Anthony Steven, Commandant of Cumbria ACF said: “I am always keen that my cadets and adult volunteers should come back from their summer camps having experienced something unique. This visit from one of the Ice Maidens will be fascinating, as Major Sandy Hennis explains how much grit and determination they all had to display to cope with temperatures of -50 degrees and wind speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour.”
“My personal mission to make a quantifiable improvement to the life outcomes of both cadets and adult volunteers within Cumbria ACF, so I particularly welcome Major Hennis to our Summer Camp. It’s going to be an exciting eight days at Otterburn and so much better than sitting about at home playing computer games”.