Over the period 1 – 8 April 2009, Cadets from 121 Squadron attended an Easter Camp at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall . This station was until recently one of the largest in the UK ( as it used to fly Shacklteton and Nimrod aircraft, but the airfield was sold last year to become Newquay International Airport . This in itself provided the camp with many challenges to overcome to ensure the cadets had an interesting and fun time at the station.
The US Navy has a large facility at the base and as such there were the added extras of a cinema showing latest films, a superb 2 gym facility and of course a bowling alley – which also sold genuine American hot dogs and snacks!. All of which were enjoyed by all.
A real bonus for the cadets was the opportunity to see the Royal Signals `White Helmets' who had been training there for the past 7 weeks and who put on a graduation display for the base in front of their own Brigadier. Some very exciting movements were undertaken and some just as exciting spills.
Cadets utilised the station range for shooting and dry training and also visited the Davidstow Museum – not a boring building type museum but part of an old RAF airfield that has been loving restored, and cadets were then able to drive along the old main runway and visit the now disused control tower to see how big the airfield actually was and imagine the hundreds of B17's that used it. In contrast they also visited the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth where apart from enjoying this newly opened museum they held their own regatta, where with heats, semi finals and finals, all cadets had the chance to race with remote controlled sailboats on a large indoor boating lake . The tension and competitive element being maintained throughout and highly enjoyed by all. A Coastal walk was also undertaken with some time allowed on a superb beach at the end.
All cadets and staff also attended Flambards – a Victorian village (under cover) and a Britain in the Blitz exhibition which was appreciated by all as were the free fun rides afterwards. It was whilst here that cadets and staff were stamped on exit with a transparent stamp that when they re-entered ( under ultra violet light) showed the ` Superman' logo - and then they all realised they had been Super heroes all the time!! And had only just been detected.
Wg Cdr P Ladwa, Officer Comanding Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing also visited the camp for 3 days and was impressed by the standards of the cadets and especially their accommodation which he commented on as being probably the best he had ever seen.
Overall a different ATC Annual Camp, but all the staff and cadets attended had a really great time, and will have happy memories of RAF St Mawgan.
The Camp Commandant Squadron Leader Bryan Coats said, “It was pleasing to receive compliments about the good conduct of the cadets from RAF, Army , US Naval Personnel and members of the public during the week. There can be no doubt that the good behaviour exhibited by the cadets during their week at RAF St Mawgan has helped to further enhance the “Light Blue Footprint” in the local and surrounding areas. The cadets have shown themselves to be good Ambassador's for the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing and the Central and East Region of the Air Training Corps”.