Expeditions are a central part of Army Cadet Force life, so you could find yourself spending a few nights camping in a national park here in the UK or on an ambitious trek trough the Himalayas. Every year many expeditions are planned at detachment, county and national levels. Some of the more recent cadet expeditions to locations as diverse as the Himalayas, Bavaria, Peru and Kenya have been combined with local community project.
Expeditions combine first aid, fieldcraft and skill-at-arms as well as learning the Countryside Code and camp craft. Camp craft includes basic techniques of how to live and move in a different environment, particularly during an expedition. For this area of training you will learn how to prepare clothing and equipment before embarking on an expedition. You will learn how to safely carry a load and identify a suitable route as well as what makes an ideal camp site. In addition you will be taught how to pitch a tent, cook a meal and build a latrine.
Expeditions can contribute to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, give your CV a huge boost and result in friendships that will last for life. One group of cadets from Surrey ACF even spent a week with Regular soldiers learning survival skills in the jungles of Brunei in 2008. And for our 150th anniversary celebrations in 2010, there was a special expedition to Lesotho in southern Africa where cadets volunteered with Prince Harry's charity for orphans and vulnerable children, Sentebale.
But wherever you go and whatever you do, rest assured that there will have been months of preparation to ensure a packed programme of activities and everyone involved is kept safe and well.