NEWS

JULY 20TH 2017

Sutton cadets experience summer camp

Sutton Academy CCF on summer camp

Sutton Academy CCF on summer camp

10 Cadets from a Sutton in Ashfield based school travelled more than 90 miles to experience their first summer camp in Shrewsbury this month.

Sutton Community Academy, based on High Pavement, launched a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in September 2016 to provide another way for students to gain practical skills outside of their academic studies such as the ability to work as a team; solve problems and organise activities independently.

Since its launch, Sutton Community Academy’s CCF has gone from strength to strength with 18 new students signing up to join the cadet unit in September, bring the CCF’s total pupils up to 29.

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Sutton Academy CCF on the water

This summer, cadets aged between 14 -16 years, along with their adult volunteers, travelled to Nesscliffe Training Camp in Shrewsbury to complete a week-long activity camp that was packed with things to do from start to finish.

Taking place from 1 – 8 July, the students experienced archery, water sports, laser tag, tower climbing, a shooting course consisting of long and short distances, a 24 hour field experience that saw them camp out overnight and a talk from a World War One historian.

Second Lieutenant Marion Wells, an adult volunteer with Sutton Community Academy CCF, attended the camp. She said: “It was really good fun, there was lots of excitement amongst the cadets for weeks before so it was great to finally travel to our destination. The cadets joined a number of other young people and adult volunteers from Dukeries Academy in Ollerton at the camp which gave everyone the chance to meet new people and try out activities in mixed groups.

“The cadets all had big smiles on their faces during and after the camp and are already talking about wanting to go to another camp next summer. I think the water sports were a real highlight for a lot of people as it was something completely different that we cannot normally do in school.”

Tim Croft the school’s Principal also visited the cadets during the camp. He explained: “I really enjoyed my visit. It was great to see all of the skills and attributes that have been learnt and developed come to fruition at camp. I am looking forward to having a larger Cadet Force in school from September as I can only see the benefits that it brings to the students, the school and the wider community.”

For many of the students experiencing the summer camp may have been their first time away from home. Joshua Smith, was one of the cadets who took part. He said: “I experienced lots of new things and I gained loads of new skills. I’m really excited to share my experiences and to encourage others to join the CCF.”

Sutton Community Academy’s CCF was established as part of the Government’s Cadet Expansion Programme to give students the chance to learn new skills such as leadership and self-reliance outside of the classroom.

The Cadet Expansion Programme was launched in June 2012 with the aim to set up 100 new cadet units in state-funded schools by September 2015. The Government has now committed to grow the total number of cadet units in schools across the UK to 500 by 2020.

“I really enjoyed my visit. It was great to see all of the skills and attributes that have been learnt and developed come to fruition at camp. I am looking forward to having a larger Cadet Force in school from September as I can only see the benefits that it brings to the students, the school and the wider community.”