14 November 2014
A group of 32 Cambridgeshire cadets (aged 15-18) and adult volunteers recently returned from six days of adventurous training in Malta on ‘Exercise Maltese Cadet 2014’, which took place from 25 October to 1 November.
The cadets, all volunteers, paid a personal contribution to take part and took full advantage of the activities and challenge on offer.
Highlights of the expedition included: learning how to snorkel; finding out about work to protect and re-introduce sharks, rays and skates in the local water; visiting the Armed Forces of Malta maritime base; meeting members of the Sea Cadets Malta GU Unit No.505 (Training Ship St. Pauls); and helping out (peeling onions and other tasks) at the Merhba Id-Dar tal-Providenza home for the disabled.
The Expedition also helped the cadets to progress up the Star levels in their Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) training. Over the six days the cadets achieved passes in:
- Cadet in the community – APC 2 and 3 Star levels
- Overseas exercise
- PADI Snorkelling Course
- Environmental Project – Protecting our Seas
- Walking Expedition – 2 and 3 Star levels
The Expedition was the result of 18 months planning by the Cadet Executive Officer Major Geoff Hammond who commented: “Exercise Maltese Cadet was a great achievement for all. Having a wealth of knowledge of the island, I had great pleasure in planning and organising the trip, and it has proved a fantastic recruitment drive for cadets in the County.”
Feedback from the cadets who took part included:
“Thanks for organising this fantastic trip, the cadets and adults had a great time on all activities and all are looking forward to the next one. “(SI Smith)
“ Everyday was different and meeting other cadets from around the world was so pleasant. There is nothing more I could have asked for.” (Elle Abraham)
It has been such a great opportunity and I do not want to leave. I have enjoyed every second.”(Pippa Saunders)