Top Derbyshire Cadet rewarded

18 February 2015

A Cadet from Derbyshire has been awarded for her outstanding achievements at her Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachment in Long Eaton.

Cadet Colour Sergeant Caitlin Scotting, aged 16, was presented with an award by the local Royal British Legion (RBL) after around 30 of her fellow Cadets voted for an individual from the detachment, who had gone above and beyond their Cadet role, to win the award.

Caitlin joined Derbyshire ACF in 2010 after being encouraged by her brother, who was already learning new skills and taking part in a variety of activities at the detachment.

Reflecting on receiving the honour, Caitlin said: “I’m really happy to get the award as it demonstrates that my hard work has been recognised at Cadets and that the support I have provided to others has been appreciated.

“Being a senior Cadet means that other younger Cadets look up to you, so I think it is important to set a good example.

“I was recently promoted to become a Cadet Colour Sergeant which I’m really proud of, so getting this award too was a real surprise.”

Talking about the type of support and encouragement she has provided her fellow Cadets with, Caitlin continued: “There are lots of occasions where I have helped other Cadets. At annual camp sometimes Cadets can feel a bit homesick as they may be away from home for the first time, or they may be feeling under the weather. It’s important they have someone to speak to, who is a similar age, who may have experienced what they are feeling too.”

Over the last four years Caitlin has taken part in four annual camps at different locations around the country as well as regional First Aid and shooting competitions and regional and national tug of war tournaments.

Long Eaton Detachment Commander Kath Buckland said: “The award was presented to Caitlin because she has selflessly encouraged and supported her fellow Cadets during training, at our parade evenings and at annual camps. It’s great the other Cadets know they can approach Catlin for advice and guidance and that they will always be supported throughout their Cadet journey.

“The trophy was donated by the RBL. We have a good working relationship with the RBL as both organisations understand the merits of our younger generations learning about times past and the careers of our local service men and women.”