Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) squadron have recently undertaken and passed a two day Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award expedition.
After months of planning and training it was finally time for the cadets to set off on their expedition. Groups of cadets spent two days walking around the Elan Valley area in Wales with their progress being constantly assessed by members of staff. The weather was good and for many cadets this was their practice expedition and their first experience of undertaking an expedition on their own without the constant guidance of their instructors. Those on a qualifier found that their navigation and camp-craft skills had improved greatly since their practice expeditions. The cadets camped overnight at the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Adventure Training Centre which is located on a site, owned by Welsh Water, just outside of Elan Village in the Elan Valley.
121 Squadrons Commanding Officer Flt Lt Ian Crewe who accompanied the cadets to Elan Valley said, “This expedition has probably been the most physically demanding thing many of these young people have done with the cadets. It's been a great achievement for those who have just done their qualifying expedition and now look set to move onto their Silver award. This was the first expedition for those cadets who did their practice and I was pleased to see that they worked well as a team and managed to put their classroom training to good use in the field”.
Flt Lt Crewe added “not only was this the first expedition for many of the cadets but it was also the first trip out for the Squadrons new trailer but that's another story. One thing's for sure, our gleaming new trailer is certainly a good eye catching advert for the Air Cadets wherever we go”.