It was not without difficulty that we managed to host 207 year 10 cadets, in various locations across the UK, onto the annual CCF Summer camp. It was our original plan to have five camps. One Royal Navy camp in Weymouth, one RAF camp in Fairbourne, two Army camps in Chickerell and Capel Curig, and finally, one military skills camp in Bramley. For 60% of the camps (Royal Navy, RAF and miliary skills) this was fine. However, for our two Army camps we were not so lucky. The two Army camps had to run from Wellington College for the duration of the week.
Four of the five camps (military skills camp exempt) focussed on giving our students a memorable AT experience. Our wonderful adult instructors took cadets to activities, including: rock climbing; sailing; caving; coast steering; hiking; mountain biking; paintballing; laser tag; paddle boarding; canoeing; kayaking; shooting; water polo; tag archery; archery; raft building; survival and bushcraft. Due to the tempo of military training, our two Army camp locations were taken from us. Our Army cadets enjoyed the same activities as our other sections but based from Wellington College. From feedback, across the board, cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The opportunity was given, to all our year 10 cadets, to attend a military skills camp. This was for cadets who wish to continue CCF into year 11, with a focus on joining the Royal Marine or Advanced Infantry sections. The camp was focused on the very basics: navigation; living in the field and tactics up to fireteam level. This simplicity allowed cadets to really master these three vital skills sets.
Having the opportunity to hold these camps, after two years away, made the experience for our cadets and volunteers even more special.