10 July 2018
PARENTS GUIDE & KIT LIST - SURREY ARMY CADETS ANNUAL CAMP 2018
Money & Valuables – Cadets will have a shop ‘The NAAFI’ that they can use and also they will be visiting a seaside town – so a suggestion of £40 - £50 is more than enough to cover two weeks - If there is money still to be paid regarding Annual Camp costs and its difficult then please let us know. There will be a ‘Camp Bank’ on camp, run by the Padre. Cadets are encouraged to use this as money has sadly gone missing before.
Hygiene & washing – Cadets are encouraged to wash and brush teeth etc every day. The showers at the camps we visit are communal and cadets are shy. We would welcome the use of swimming trucks / costumes in the shower, so that they preserve their modesty but at least shower! The rooms have 10 - 20 beds in them. You can imagine what this would end up like if nobody showered.
Sickness – The majority of all the adults who are attending Annual Camp are First Aid qualified. We will be utilizing the NHS 111 service, obtaining a local GP or minor injuries unit for treatment. We will of course contact you if this is happening. If we have cadets who are very unwell through sickness and likely to be unable to do anything for more than 24 hours then we will have to request that they are collected by yourselves. We can’t afford for any virus or bug to spread.
Travel – unlike our regular Battalion weekends, we ask that Cadets travel in civilian clothes to Annual Camp – the journey is likely to take only an hourand a half – two hours. Mobile phones – Signal on Camp is okay – keep them secure!
Food – Cadets will be well fed and receive three meals a day. Cadets will have the opportunity to purchase crisps, sweets and drinks from the NAAFI shop on Camp ( run by an outside agency, not us ) They will have meals on our hotplate, packed lunches – Army ration packs and ‘container’ meals.
Training – Cadets will be in Camp, on the training area, on the range and obstacle Course. They will have three days where they will be with their Company, doing Adventurous training and local visits (where they won’t wear uniform) They will be able to wear shorts / t-shirts in the evenings. Two stars will be on a two day expedition, one stars just one day. Those cadets doing D of E expeditions - will be contacted and invited to pay on parentpay to join either the Bronze or Silver Award.
Laundrette - facilities are available in the camp – if you are happy that your son/ daughter will use them then it is a £1 coin to operate and they will need to bring some washing capsules.
Accomodation & Sleeping – Cadets are accommodated (10 in a room) with their own gender. They will be in star levels and we will try and keep friends together. There will be sheets and blankets on the beds and they will use their sleeping bags when they are staying out. There will be a 24hr emergency cover and the cadets will know where to go if there is something they need in the middle of the night.
Behaviour - As you are all aware, but to confirm, the Army Cadet Force as an organisation and by association Surrey ACF, on all cadet activities, operates a ZERO tolerance policy on;
- Smoking, including e-cigarettes/vaping.
- All forms of Bullying be it Gender or Race related.
If your Son/Daughter is found in possession or using any of the illegal substances above (under 18), they will be removed from the activity immediately. You will be contacted and required to collect them as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the matter, further action may be taken by their company chain of command... The ACF runs on the principles of its Values and Standards policy and we expect Cadets as well as Adults to abide by that.
CADET DROP IN CENTRE - On camp there will be a 'DROP IN CENTRE' for those who have any moments, when they feel stressed, or homesick. This is an area where you can have a chat and be at ease and if you feel the need to talk with the adults at hand, we can help. This will be run by our Padre Capt. Carol Monk, who will also be on hand should you need any advice and support for those troubled moments.
CONTACTS FOR CAMP WILL BE POSTED HERE IN DUE COURSE...
ALL CADETS AND PERSONNEL WILL TRAVEL TO CAMP IN CIVILIAN CLOTHING
It is easier to pack your kit so that you can carry it all ( wheeled cases / bags)
MILITARY CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
MTP Shirt x 2, Trousers x 2, Jacket
T-Shirts – Green, black, grey, stone (neutral colours) x at least 7-8
Boots with laces / brushes & polish / twisters
Beret, belt & fleece
Small daysac – dark in colour / army
Boot socks (as many prs as poss)
Bring your own webbing if you have it, but it will be issued by your Det.
Bergens, Gortex Jackets/Trousers should be issued by your Det.
Please look into the purchase of a small Dark Bergan for Exped use, they always come in handy.
Waterproof bag for Bergen
Suncream (30- 50 factor)
Personal First Aid Kit – (plasters & antiseptic cream, antiseptic wipes, compeed)
** Each Cadet this year will be issued with their own NEW personal issue Mess Tin and Water Bottle
Field kit – basha kit, bungees, green string, sm bags, sm wash kit, KFS, cup, (3*model kit)
CIVILLIAN CLOTHING & bits
Parental CONSENT FORM & PARQ
Washing items / toothbrush, toothpaste / flannel / towel(s)/ shower gel / shampoo / hairbrush
Walking / cargo trousers / tracksuit bottoms – suitable walking trs
Shorts / T-shirts / Trainers
Clothes for evening NAAFI/ Disco
Swimming trucks / costume – SHOWER!!
Underwear / PJ’s
Sweets / snacks ( no caffeine drinks please)
Money for spending / Notepad &pen
Padlock ( pref coded) for their locker or bag
Flip flops – or similar
Sense of humour / moralibo
Any medication that you are taking