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July 9th 2015

Cadets experience first summer camp

A number of Cadets from Dukeries Academy in New Ollerton attended their first ever Combined Cadet Force (CCF) summer camp in Lincolnshire last week.

The group who were aged between 14 and 16 years, took part in a variety of activities including mountain biking; climbing; a high ropes course; shooting; water sports; raft building and had the opportunity to take part in a 24 hour exercise which saw them camp out overnight.

For many of the 26 Cadets on camp, this was their first time away from home. Cadet Jacey Peacock, aged 16, however, was one of the first Cadets to join the CCF at Dukeries Academy when the unit formed as part of the partnership in September 2013. She said: “I have really enjoyed the variety of activities on camp and how I have been able to develop a further understanding about the medical side of being out in the field. I have learnt how to stay safe during activities and First Aid techniques such as CPR. Cadets and adult volunteers at CCF summer camp_press release

“Being a Cadet has helped me to figure out what career path I want to take in the future. I would like to be a RAF Medical Officer, so I am carrying on in sixth form first and then I hope to go on to university.  I was one of the original Cadets in our CCF, so this year I have been able to be more ‘hands on’ with assisting to organise activities.”

Dukeries Academy is a part of the Cadet Expansion Programme. In 2012 the government announced its Cadet Expansion Plan, which aimed to have up to 100 more Cadet units in state-funded schools by 2015. In the first instance, Dukeries Academy entered a partnership with Worksop College in September 2013 which allowed them to develop the unit in line with the established CCF unit at Worksop College.

Dukeries Academy achieved independent CCF status in September 2014, making them one of the first state schools in the Cadet Expansion Programme to do this.

Contingent Commander Debb Lagdon set up the CCF unit in the school and commented how the unit has gone from strength to strength. She said: “We originally launched the CCF at the school in 2013 with 15 Cadets. The unit now includes 30 Cadets and I know more of our students want to join us because of the positive reports they have heard from their friends who are already taking part.

“The Cadets have enjoyed a variety of experiences at our camp in Lincolnshire. There has been a great progression of activities through the week which has enabled individuals to experience new things, develop their confidence and be proud of what they have achieved.

“This camp has seen us plan our own exercises for the first time, meaning we have been able to tailor the activities to our Cadets, which has been excellent.”

The event took place from Saturday 27 June to Saturday 4 July 2015 at Beckingham Training Camp.

To learn more about Dukeries Academy visit www.dukeries.attrust.org.uk

“I have really enjoyed the variety of activities on camp and how I have been able to develop a further understanding about the medical side of being out in the field. I have learnt how to stay safe during activities and First Aid techniques such as CPR."