15 Air Cadets and 3 staff left the 121 (Nuneaton) Sqn headquarters
on Friday 4th April for a weekend at the Warwickshire and Birmingham
Wing Adventure Training Centre at Elan Valley, Powys, Mid Wales.
The Elan Valley Centre is located at the bottom of the picturesque
Elan Valley alongside the River Elan which leads up to one of several
dams in the area supplying water to the Birmingham area. On arrival
at the centre the cadets underwent local Health and Safety briefs
and then went on a small local area walk to familiarise themselves
with their new surroundings. This short walk also give many of the
younger cadets their first opportunity to put some of their classroom
navigation training into action and experience map reading and navigation
within an unfamiliar environment. Once the cadets returned to the
Elan Valley Centre they had their evening meal and then spent the
rest of the evening planning their routes ready for the next day.
Sat 5th April brought a dull start to the morning, as the weather
was misty but forecast to get warmer later in the day. The cadets
began their walk at 0830 and set off from the centre on what was
to be a 15-mile walk in the Elan Valley area. The walk was hard
going at times and really took it out of some cadets. With plenty
of breaks and constant moral boosting the cadets continued on to
reach their goal. Completion of this walk would go towards helping
the cadets to qualify for their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award practices
and actual expeditions. As we continued on the weather took a real
unexpected turn, the sun came out and began to get very strong.
This combined with the rugged terrain made the walk hard going but
very satisfying just for the views. The cadets all did very well
and the staff were proud of the effort they put in. The walking
was hard going but good fun and provided us all with amazing views
on what became a gorgeous day.
Sun 6th April once again began dull and misty and was going to
stay like it for most of the day. The cadets visited the Elan Valley
dams during the morning and then returned to the Elan Valley Centre
for a cleaning session before departing at lunch time for the drive
Flt Lt Crewe Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said that
"The Weekend had provided all the cadets with the experience
of map reading and adventure training and had given some cadets
the opportunity to get some signatures in their D of E Award books.
It's been hard work for everyone but most rewarding, that's what
life in the Air Cadet organisation is all about".
Elan Valley - Raft Building