Itâ€™s been a long cold winter, but as the spring starts to bring better weather, cadets from Lewisham Air Cadets are getting outdoors and finding their way around the Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Award.
Cadets between 13 and 18 have started the training for the â€œExpeditionâ€ section of the Award â€“ which requires them to complete a challenging journey, carrying all of their equipment and food.
Itâ€™s not an easy thing to achieve, so the right training is vital. And for the groups getting involved in the Award in 2011, the preparation has already started. Learning about navigation, and about how to prepare kit and camping is easy enough in the classroom, but a very different challenge out in the field.
Cadets have already completed over 30 km of training walks, sometimes carrying all of their kit with them. Their experience, skill development and confidence is all crucial ahead of the final qualifying expedition later in the year, where they will be assessed on their ability.
If youâ€™re aged between 13 and 18 and want to step forward, why not contact the Squadron to find out more? Check out their website (www.1921squadron.org.uk) for all the information.