Today there are CCF contingents in more than 500 secondary schools across the UK, which offer young people a host of challenging, exciting, adventurous and educational activities. The CCF is renowned for helping young people develop personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline, but also offers an outstanding selection of extra-curricular activities. Opportunities may range from flying a plane, climbing mountains and learning to sail to making an incredible new set of friends. There are also plenty of chances to gain recognised qualifications in disciplines such as first aid, and to take part in national programmes such as DofE.
Each CCF is an educational partnership between the participating school and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and may include Royal Navy/Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections. 'MOD-sponsored cadets have been a key part of the enrichment experience in schools since its first iteration prior to 1948, as a junior division of the Officers' Training Corps in selected independent schools,' said Brigadier Anthony Lamb, MOD Head of Youth & Cadets, CCF Contingent Commander and Deputy Head (Co-curriculum) at Eastbourne College.