For 250 Air Cadets from across the South and East Midlands, the half term Spring break was an opportunity to get away for an adventure filled week.
The RAF Air Cadets(RAFAC) from South & East Midlands Wing took over the 560 acre Defence Training Estate site at Swynnerton, Staffordshire. Sixty volunteer staff, taking time off from their civilian jobs, ensured that the cadets days and evenings were filled with a range of activities, properly supervised and safely executed.
Appropriately qualified staff, supported by other staff and senior (over 18 years old) cadets provided activities that included Clay pigeon shooting, canoeing, mountain biking, first aid, building rope bridges and many other exercises that required team work and leadership under sometimes trying conditions.
For the person with the overall responsibility, Camp Commandant Squadron Leader Carl Wilson RAFAC, and his team the week’s camp was the culmination of almost a year’s planning and preparation to ensure that the cadets received the maximum benefit from the training provided.
Wing Commander Andy Pass RAFAC, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing, declared the camp to be “excellent, building on the successful formula of previous years but with changes to some scenarios and introducing new and exciting activities to keep the week fresh and up to date. It has to be said that a camp such as this would not be possible without the dedication, skill and generosity of the volunteers who give up so much of their time to help provide the safe and exciting Cadet Experience”.