February 4th 2014


On Friday 10th January 2014 50 cadets and 10 members of staff from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron (Sqn) Air Training Corps (ATC), made their way to their Annual Winter Camp at Drum Hill Scout Campsite in South Derbyshire.

The annual event, led by the Squadron Training Officer, Pilot Officer (PO) Matt Leedham, runs from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. The weekend saw the cadets participating in training activities where they were given the oppurtunity to learn new skills such as patrolling, sentry duty and camouflage & concealment.  All the skills that the cadets learnt were then put to the test in practical field exercises using other staff members as actors.

At the end of the weekend, PO Matt Leedham commented: “one of the main purposes of this annual event is for the Cadets to learn a new set of team skills, develop teamwork amongst peers and promote independence, but above all to have fun”

For the cadets and members of staff of 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn, the New Years camp is always a popular event between cadets and members of staff alike, as they get to develop their skills learnt on a parade night even further and in a totally new environment. This helps to prepare the cadets for what could be in store for them on further week long camps held at operational Royal Air Force stations later on in the year.

1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn opens its doors four times a year to prospective new cadets, male and female, aged between 13 and 17 years old. For more information on joining the air cadet organisation in your area, please contact the Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson at or by phone on (01283) 212629 or visit the Squadron website at