The schools’ CCF unit from Ealing formed a team to take part in the open day at Brompton Barracks in Chatham where they competed in a range of activities including an assault boat time trial and bulldozer driving.
Schools win competition at Brompton Barracks
Cadets from Ealing’s St Benedict’s and Cardinal Wiseman schools are celebrating after winning a competition at the Royal School of Military Engineering.
“It was an amazing day of learning and spending quality time with my CCF peers” said L/Cpl Marta Mucko. “A great highlight was that we had a chance to spend a day representing St Benedict’s CCF and learn many things we wouldn’t learn on a daily basis."
The event was organised by 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment and the St Benedict’s team were competing against 11 other schools and an Army Cadet Force unit.
The day began with a brick-laying competition and was followed by a quick lesson on the 12-hour ration pack. The weather closed in as teams moved to the Sea Survival stand where cadets floated a life-raft. They braved the rain to learn about the various types of boat used by the Royal Engineers, from two-man Recce Boats to eight-man Rigid Raiders and Combat Support Boats.
A highlight of the day was the Assault Boat time trial which featured a combination of paddling and a command task. Next, cadets had the chance to clamber over diggers and bulldozers, some of them armoured before using a digger to clock the fastest time using a claw-grab to stack tyres.
At the prize-giving ceremony the team received the shield from the Commanding Officer of 1RSME.