My time on Annual Camp 2019 by PI Chloe Kitchener

8 August 2019

Story and pictures by PI Chloe Kitchener, Sale Detachment, No 4 (Korea) Company

Myself, pictured left above, and six (one is missing on the above photo) other Potential Instructors (PI’s) from across the county arrived at Otterburn Training Camp with the cadets and staff on Sunday 28 July 2019. This was to begin our first week of training as a new adult. The first stage is the Basic Instructor Cadre (BIC) Part One & Two.

The training included learning the Cadet Force Instructional Technique (CFIT). This involved preparing a 15 min lesson which we delivered at the end of the week.

We also learned about the Values & Standards of the ACF, Safeguarding, Roles & Responsibilities of Adult Instructors, the APC Syllabus and opportunities that are available for cadets and adults in the ACF. Many of the skills learned can be used by the cadets in their record of achievement to help when going to college or seeking work. The skills/awards than can be obtained include the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the CVQO and Adventure Training (AT) Courses (Mountain Leader, Rock Climbing etc) The adults can also gain various qualifications such as a Degree, First Aid at Work, AT Qualifications and so much more.

Being an adult volunteer with Greater Manchester ACF is something I am really enjoying. By receiving all the training will ensure that I undertake my role to the highest standards.

The training staff, Major Steve Heyl, Training Major Adults and SMI Ian Mackie delivered interesting and fun lessons, also with an emphasis on the importance of safety and good planning.

We even had the chance to experience staying out for a night in the field (and playing volleyball in our downtime) followed by a navigation exercise. I think this helped us all to see from the cadets point of view. As for me it has been 15 years since I was a cadet! So, it’s a good refresher.

Some of us on the course come from a cadet and/or military background, so thankfully it didn’t take long to all come flooding back, although there have been some changes. I had an amazing week spending time with other new adult volunteers, and we all got along very well.

It was a very tiring but enjoyable week and it was wonderful seeing the cadets enjoying themselves and looking so smart marching around the camp.

I think I can speak for myself and the rest of my team, when I say we’re really looking forward to the next stage in our training with great enthusiasm. Until then we will all continue to parade at our own detachments gaining more knowledge from the cadets and staff to develop us further.


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