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My First Air Cadet Camp at RAFC Cranwell

RAFC Cranwell Camp

Having arrived at the Squadron for 12:30, FS Little, FS Carrington, Cpl Curless, Cdt Waudby and I were making final checks that we had packed everything we needed for the Easter Camp at RAFC Cranwell. Upon arriving at the base, we were welcomed by the camps staff members who were going to be spending the next week with us.  After meeting the other cadets and being split into two flights, we were given a familiarisation task where we had to find certain points located around the base.

RAFC Cranwell

After waking up early the next morning, we travelled to Leeds for the Royal Armouries Museum. An enjoyable day was had by all but everyone was looking forward to the swimming. Once we were back at Cranwell, we headed over to the swimming pool where we could earn our Swimming Competence Certificate.

The next day we woke up earlier and travelled to the American War Cemetery. After having a guided tour, we were able to walk around the Cemetery

American War Cemetery.

Unfortunately for staff, lunch finished at 12:30 at Cranwell, meaning we weren’t going to be able to make it back in time. To the delight of every cadet, we stopped off at McDonalds on the way back! Once we were back at Cranwell, we headed over to the parade square where we could improve on our drill. Although everyone was tired, we were all up for bowling later that evening.

On Tuesday we were able to visit Cranwell College Officers Mess where we then had a group photo outside. In the afternoon, our listening and team working skills were put to the test throughout many leadership exercises. Here, we were each assigned a role to help the groups in completing the challenges. Later in the evening, we headed over to a large grass area where our skills were put to the test again, however this time, it was for sport.

Over the next few days, we visited Conningsby and later went to laser quest which was enjoyed by both cadets and staff.

Our week at RAFC Cranwell was soon coming to an end, however not all of us had been flying yet. On Thursday, Cdt Waudby and I were lucky enough to have a 2 and a half hour flight in a King Air.

Cdt Waudby and I during our flight in a King Air

Once we got changed out of uniform, we went to the sports centre within Cranwell where we had more listening exercises. These exercises improved our trust in one another even more and at the end, we got the chance to ask questions to the RAF Recruitment team. Later that evening, we had a disco where the Paper Plate Awards were presented.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable first camp for me, one that I won’t be forgetting any time soon!

More Photographs from the RAFC Cranwell Camp

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Article Submitted by:-
Cdt Paige Eaves - 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron
16 May 15

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