Cadets not dampened by torrential conditions
As the Spring and Summer start to offer a range of better weather conditions, our training focus moves towards supporting and developing cadets in their camp craft, navigation and independence to help them with the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The training takes several months to cover a range of activities, including basic preparation of a route and map and understanding how to live independently in tented conditions. Cadets complete training units on the Squadron, together with walking, navigation training, and a full practice weekend to test their skills and team abilities, before attempting the final qualification weekend.
Typically, we conduct this training in the summer months to help ensure good weather. This time, however, the ten qualifying cadets face some of the worst rainstorms in recent memory and persistently poor conditions. Undaunted, the cadets set off into the rain anyway – determined to complete the expedition challenge. Their team spirit, enthusiasm and good humour managed to get them through day and night under the worst weather we’ve ever experienced on expeditions, and they coupled this hard work with some excellent report presentations to explain their projects to the remainder of the Squadron.
We look forward to their completion of the e-DofE reports, and success with their Bronze Awards.