August 21st 2017

Zombies on camp – Weekend round-up 21/8/17

Notts ACF camp

Cadets at Nottinghamshire ACF's Annual Camp

Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Annual Camp 2017 is officially underway at Longmoor Military Camp in Hampshire.

Cadets have been on the shooting ranges, paintballing, trying their hands at climbing and archery as well as some taking on zombies being spotted on camp according to the force’s Facebook page.

In a great way of cadets and Reserve Forces working together, 162 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps have joined the cadets on camp and provided a fully working field kitchen, as well as passing on their own skills.

A total of 263 Air Cadets are having a great time at Trent Wing’s Annual Camp at Beckingham in Lincolnshire.

The cadets are certainly being kept busy and experiencing the likes of fieldcraft techniques and First Aid exercises out in the countryside.

There’s also plenty of opportunities for water sports including canoeing and rafting, though they have to build their own raft for the latter.

Other attractions include a huge climbing wall, mountain biking, obstacle courses and orienteering competitions through local woods.

Cadets from the South and East Midlands Wing meanwhile are enjoying their Annual Camp at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria. Among the attractions yesterday saw cadets enjoy a swimming session before heading to the Roman Army Museum and Hadrian’s Wall.

Northampton Royal Marine Cadets on their way back from camp

Northampton Royal Marine Cadets on their way back from camp

An excellent Annual Camp for Royal Marines Cadets has come to an end at Stanford Training Area in Norfolk. Shattered cadets from across the East Midlands returned home at the weekend after a brilliant week of meeting new people and learning new skills.

Some of the youngest Sea Cadets have just returned from a special camp for those of their own age. The Junior Sea Cadets aged from 10 to 12-years-old from across the country came together in North Yorkshire for the special camp which saw them take part in a host of activities and make many more new friends.

While many of their cadets are away on camp, the civilian committee that back 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron Air Training Corps weren’t resting on their laurels this weekend as they took on the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Colour Chaos challenge at RAF Wittering.

Long Eaton Air Cadets' civilian committee post Colour Run

Long Eaton Air Cadets’ civilian committee post Colour Run

The 5K run, which sees you bombarded with colour paint as you go, is a fundraiser for RAFA.

Another Long Eaton Air Cadet is on a once in a lifetime trip to America, which you can read about here.

Nottingham Sea Cadets were back out sailing on the water this weekend, teaching the youngsters new skills. It’s ahead of a big couple of weekends for the unit who hold their Summer Fun Day  this coming Sunday before they hold their annual charity cruise along the River Trent the following Saturday 2 September.

Several of those Air Cadets not on Annual Camp from 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron took to the skies at RAF Cranwell on Saturday with five of the cadets experiencing flying for the first time on a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.

The squadron’s Cadet Warrant Officer Freddie Filz has also been awarded a Gold Award for taking part in Cyber Camp. Cadets there learn about cyber warfare and how to keep safe online.

Elsewhere, Brackley Sea Cadets were busy revving up support and helping out at a Classic Car show in the town.

The Reserve Forces’ 160 (Lincoln) Squadron, 158 Royal Logistics Corps held a Families Day on Saturday as relatives of the reservists were invited for a behind the scenes look of what their loved ones do with the Reserve Forces.

They were also in attendance at the Tower Gardens for the Skegness Festival, speaking to members of the public about the role of the unit and life in the Reserve Forces.

It's been another busy weekend for the cadets and reservists