Adventure Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet's training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters - you build new friendships, and learn to rely on the people you're with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.
Remember, whatever your personal tastes, nothing is compulsory. There is a wide range of adventurous activities to get stuck into, so if climbing isn't for you perhaps canoeing is. With 1070(Diss) Squadron you'll get the chance to take part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, experience archery, raft building, climbing plus much more. There is also the poortunity to take part in a week long AT camp with the Wing at either of the ATC Adventure Training centres at Windermere or Llandbedr.
Every year, cadets are given the opportunity to attend a camp on an operational RAF station. These camps last one week (normally Saturday to Saturday) with the primary purpose of letting cadets see what life is like on an RAF camp. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and have a lot of fun.
On arriving at Air Cadet camp, the cadets will be split into two or more flights. You will sleep in RAF accommodation blocks, eat at the airman's mess and visit the various sections around the station (such as squadrons, the control tower etc.), as well as take part in sports, orienteering and night exercises, quizzes, aircraft recognition competitions and any social activities which may be available.
There will be drill, uniform and room inspections but these, along with all the other activities, earn points for you as an individual and for your flight as a whole. Cadets over 16 years of age may receive a Work Experience placement whilst on the camp where they see first-hand exactly what a job within the Royal Air Force entails.
This is where it gets really interesting! Once you've attended annual camp and have reached the age of 15, you're ready for an overseas camp at one of our RAF stations in Gibraltar, Cyprus or Germany.
These camps are more relaxed as all of you involved are pretty experienced by this point. There's less focus on drill and inspections and more on the other aspects of camp, such as work experience with RAF personnel and looking around local towns (like Limassol in Cyprus) and exploring historical sites.
An overseas camp is a must and it's not surprising that places are limited. You will only be put forward by the Commanding Officer of the Squadron if you have shown commitment to the Air Cadets and have shown that you can be trusted not to misbehave!