SURREY ARMY CADETS HAVE THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES ON DORSET’S JURASSIC COAST
ARMY CADETS from across the whole of the county of Surrey have returned home after spending two weeks on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast (24th July – 5th August) for their Annual Summer Camp.
For the Cadets, aged between 12 and 18 years old, Summer Camp is an exciting and enjoyable two weeks packed with fun and adventure and sees them take part in a huge variety of outdoor activities. This year’s camp, with “teamwork” as the overriding theme, enabled the cadets to make the most of their coastal location and saw them coasteering, rock hopping, sea kayaking, orienteering, mountain biking and climbing as part of their adventure training activities. This was undoubtedly the highlight of the camp for the Cadets, many of whom were away from home for the first time. The adventure training activities took place at several Dorset locations; Lulworth Cove, Wareham and Weymouth and the Isle of Portland.
In between these outdoor activities, the Cadets practiced their first aid skills, drill, map & compass reading on orienteering courses, their military knowledge, tent building and safe weapon handling. A group of Two Star Cadets also took part in a field training exercise and dismounted close combat training, swimming and obstacle course at Bovington Camp, as well as undertaking their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition. The most senior cadets spent four nights in the field, and had the opportunity to practice long range shooting and navigation.
Throughout the fortnight, the 215 Cadets were looked after by 64 Adult Instructors all of whom are volunteers and manage a broad programme of military and adventurous training activities designed to develop character and leadership. Surrey ACF were also joined by 18 cadets from Western Australia Army Cadet Force and their five adult volunteers as part of their ongoing exchange programme.