Cadets join the gold rush
August 2010 saw a unique residential camp for cadets working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. As part of Cadet150 more than 130 specially selected cadets went to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) Dartmouth to complete the residential section of the Award. The week-long camp began with a taste of life at sea as they set up ship aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus. After two nights onboard and exercises that included some fire-fighting practice, the cadets set foot on firm ground and headed by road to the excellent naval facilities in Devon.
Designed to teach teamwork and group management, the numerous activities and exercises arranged for the cadets were varied. Cadets could challenge themselves in leadership training, military information tasks, sports competitions, a Scottish ceilidh and even a singing contest for those brave enough to pick up the microphone!
Commodore Jake Moores, the Commodore of BRNC, said: “The cadet forces do fantastic work with young people from all walks of life. I am delighted to welcome the Cadet150 and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s camp to the College and am confident that their experiences here will benefit them in so many different ways.”
As well as contributing towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award the cadets will gain accreditation for the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading through CVQO.
Lieutenant Colonel Clinton Riley, ACF Project Officer for the DofE Award, and the ACFA’s DofE Adviser Lt Col Alistair Spowage have been planning this Cadet150 residential camp for more than two years. Clinton explained: “The Cadet Forces provide young people with many and varied activities and opportunities. We are delighted that BRNC and the Royal Navy have invited us here so providing a challenging environment in which the cadets can develop their leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and interpersonal skills in situations outside their normal experience.”