Autumn Camp 2013.
For many years now Air Cadet Camps have been the source of learning, teambuilding, and opportunities, but above all else fun, and the 2013 Autumn Camp at RAF Wittering for the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing was no different.
Seven Cadets from 51 (Orton) squadron, along with two members of its own staff joined 33 other cadets and instructors from across the wing to form two flights. These two flights, as with all camps, were set to work for some friendly competition from the outset as each group was given a quiz to enable them to familiarise themselves with RAF Wittering, which would be the cadets home for the next week. As part of this competition the cadets would have daily room and uniform inspection under watchful eye of the camp Warrant Officer Flt Sgt Darren Smith and their scores would be part of the final positioning.
Sunday was the first of many busy days as the cadets headed for Lichfield for a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, followed by Drill practice back at RAF Wittering just in time for tea and an evening of sport and fun.
Monday morning saw the cadets meeting with the RAF Careers personnel, who took them through their paces with initiatives exercises, before lunch in the mess and a trip to the College Hall Officers Mess at the RAF College Cranwell. With a full program ahead of them the cadets then visited the Harrier Heritage Centre back at RAF Wittering before swimming in Stamford, for their RAF Swimming Proficiency.
Tuesday would seem a slower day with time spent on base on the shooting range or seeing the cadets refreshing their First Aid skills before fun at laser force in the evening.
Wednesday and Thursday were days once again spent off base as the Cadets visited places like Marhalm, RAF Coningsby to see the Battle of Britain Flight and Bruntingthorpe Airfield to see the Cold War jets that are kept their.
With the week now coming to a close, and so many friendships having been formed, Friday was a day for reflection and no more such a fitting place than at the Madingley American Memorial Cemetery were a wreath was laid for the second time that week in remembrance of those who have fallen and been injured during conflict.
This did not see the end of Friday whilst after a quick lunch it was final practice for the Drill competition which would be the final points to be awarded to the two flights and then it would be result time on final parade, and what results they were, with A Flight winning overall.
Cdt Katie Heywood, who was attending her first camp said “The whole week has been such excellent fun and I am really pleased to have made so many new friends, can’t wait for the next one now.”
If you want to develop your skills, be part of something outstanding, learn something new or stand out from the crowd, why not visit our squadron to see how you could benefit from joining the ATC. www.51sqnatc.co.uk, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call 07725 873 405. Or why not make that first step and come and visit our squadron on either a Tuesday or Wednesday night between 7pm and 9.15pm, just behind Nene Park Academy.