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August 11th 2015

Triple gold for Long Sutton Cadets

Three senior Army Cadets from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire have achieved the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award.

A presentation event took place at Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) summer camp to award a number of Cadets their gold awards.

Cadet Sergeant Jordan Gee-Carter, Cadet Sergeant Major Jason Wellard and Cadet Sergeant Major Shannon Feary received their badge from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, who is also Honorary Colonel for Lincolnshire ACF.

In the last decade, a total of 22 Cadets from Lincolnshire ACF have achieved the DofE Gold Award, so it’s quite remarkable that three cadets from one detachment should reach their goal together.

To attain the coveted award, the three cadets have had to achieve success in five areas: undertake volunteering, show physical improvement, develop practical and social skills, plan and partake in an expedition and, finally, attend a residential involving working away from home doing shared activities with people who were not previously known to them.

The great advantage for Army Cadets is that most of these requirements are cross-related with activities covered in the Cadet syllabus. So training for First-Aid, drill, target shooting and expeditions can also count towards the DofE Award.

For the Long Sutton trio, this has meant showing a level of commitment over three years that has included teaching young Cadets, attending the Senior Cadet Instructor Course and demonstrating their sporting prowess.

Cadet Sergeant Major Feary said:“To me, Gold DofE is not merely a badge, it serves as a bridge to provide the basis of teamwork, adaptability and the union of friendships. This alone shows the worthiness of the scheme, if not how crucial the Duke of Edinburgh award has been in my development as a person.”

Cadet Sergeant Major Jason Wellard added: “Gold DofE means a great sense of achievement for me; it was an extremely challenging award to get with the expeditions and the other sections but also very enjoyable. All the great moments will stay with me, and now I have something to show for all the planning, expeditions and hard work that was needed to get my Gold.”

Cadet Sergeant Gee-Carter commented: “ The whole experience was amazing. I feel that the DofE is a must for everyone as it really helps you handle day-to-day life and makes you appreciate how valuable good teamwork is.”

For the three Long Sutton Cadets, there is now a much-anticipated trip to London to look forward to, when they will receive their certificates from the DofE’s Patron and Founder – HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or Trustee and Gold DofE holder HRH The Earl of Wessex.

For more information about the award visit dofe.org

"Gold DofE means a great sense of achievement for me; it was an extremely challenging award to get with the expeditions and the other sections but also very enjoyable."