3 August 2020
This week has been bittersweet in Cadets Branch. On Friday we said goodbye to Brigadier Mark Christie, OBE who leaves us after 18 months with the Army Cadets. For those of you who have been fortunate enough to work with or meet him, you’ll know what an awesome individual and leader he is. Brigadier Mark, always has time for a chat, whether that’s about Army Cadet issues, or one of his favourite bands – the Jam. We wish him well as he prepares to transition from the Army to civilian life with his wife Clair and family.
Brigadier Mark, doesn’t leave us in the lurch however. Most of you will already know that his post will be taken over by Colonel Stuart Williams OBE, who like Brigadier Mark is an inspirational leader and a passionate advocate of the Army Cadets. We hope you join us in wishing both Brigadier Mark and Colonel Stuart all the best for the coming months and years.
In April we launched a writing competition asking our cadets to tell us why they thought their detachment was the best in the Army Cadets to win a money can't buy prize. After receiving over 700 entries, our judging panel whittled it down to the top four and each winning Cadet will receive hot-off-the press boxes of Monopoly: Army Cadets Edition. What makes this even more special, however, is that the four train stations on the board have been named after the detachments of our four competition winners. You can view the winning entries here and purchase the Monopoly set on our new webstore.
Army Cadet Digi-magazine – August edition out now!
The latest edition of the Army Cadet digital magazine is now available for you to read. It’s packed full of fantastic features including Phil Campion’s top Survival Skills, news from around the country and of course the ever popular Stay Lively in Lockdown ideas. Happy reading!
Well it’s officially the start of the summer holidays and you can certainly see that in some of the awesome posts we’ve been sharing, both here and on our social media channels. Many posts are “virtual camp orientated” and it’s great to see just how resilient all our Cadets and fabulous CFAV’s are, that you can adapt to the current situation so well.
Remember, if you are doing something special in your detachment, tell us about it and you might get mentioned here in our weekly round-up.
These feet were made for walking…
Cadets and CFAV’s from Northfield Gardens Detachment have completed a virtual walk to annual camp, that’s 62 miles! Well done team.
Congratulations to the cadets and adults of Northfield Gardens detachment who have completed a Virtual walk to Annual Camp - 62 miles. In just 10 days the cadets had walked 78.23 miles. We are all proud of you all. #VirtualACF #Keeptheflamealive @DC_NFG_DACF @RutterSi pic.twitter.com/lV3Wvn1LHC— Durham ACF (@DurhamAcf) July 29, 2020
Master Cadet success
Northumbria ACF are celebrating their 1st Master Cadets. Congratulations to Cdt RSM Easton and Cdt SSgt Marchant
Well done to our 1st ‘Master Cadets COVID19’ Cdt RSM Easton & Cdt SSgt Marchant. Your Records of Achievement speak for themselves & you smashed your interviews. Hard work/determination in ♠️ #VirtualACF @CTCFrimleyPark @ArmyCadetsUK @HQCadetBranch @bigphilcampion @The_Black_Rats pic.twitter.com/SMUQ1ajs4Z— Northumbria ACF (@nacfpro) July 22, 2020
International Friendship Day
Covid-19 hasn’t prevented the team at Regimental Band, Black Watch ACF, from having some fun. Infact, it has meant that they have made some great new friends from across the globe – how awesome is that!
Happy #InternationalFriendshipDay - whilst Covid-19 has stopped a lot of our usual activities, it's also allowed us to make new friends across the globe!— Regimental Band, Black Watch ACF (@bwacf_band) July 30, 2020
Here's a snapshot from our #HandsAcrossTheCommonwealth Concert (15 Aug!) featuring cadets from Australia, Canada and the UK! pic.twitter.com/jdOzsTitoz
Turning the tables
Day Three of Ballygowan Detachment 2nd (NI) Bn ACF’s virtual camp, saw Senior Cadets plan and deliver the training and by the looks of it, they produced some pretty cool lessons. Really innovative guys, well done!
Day 3 of Virtual Camp saw our Senior Cadets very much lead the way with the training and produce some brilliant lessons - looking forward to the rest of the week and especially Sunday when we will have a virtual visit by Colonel Cadets 😁👍@2NIACF @ArmyCadetsUK @HQCadetBranch pic.twitter.com/pKF3iYvvh5— Ballygowan Detachment 2nd (NI) Bn ACF (@AcfBallygowan) July 27, 2020
Keep sharing everything you have been up to at home across our Social Media channels using #VirtualACF #Keeptheflamealive #CadetForceResilience