During the Easter holidays Cadet Sgt Alice Hartopp of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron joined some 34 other cadets and 7 staff from Warwickshire & Birmingham, South & East Midlands and Trent Wings for a Regional Overseas camp hosted by RAF Gibraltar.
The weather was the first unexpected event the cadets encountered, with daytime temperatures hovering around 22 degrees ( the hottest was 26!), so all have returned home a shade darker than when they went. But it was not all fun on the beach (in fact only 1 evening and 1 afternoon were spent that way), but to do so in early April is somewhat strange.
The programme was also very different to UK camps, with treks all over `The Rock`, and indeed inside it, and under it. Cadets navigated the Rock to all the usual tourist destinations, including a ride on the cable car and naturally meeting the occupants of the Rock – The Barbary Apes , who were almost constant companions – only waiting for any excuse to whip any food they could see from the cadets and indeed staff – which happened on a regular basis!. The camp also went on private tours to O'Hara's battery and the Military caves both not open to the general public, also caving in tunnels well under the main structure of the Rock.
The cadets were welcomed by the Station Commander, and then had a very interesting brief and exercise with the Bomb Disposal personnel, who wheeled out all the kit they use for the real thing and allowed cadets to try on the suits etc. A very interesting briefing. The camp also helped out with No 2 (Overseas) Sqn Gibraltar, who have their 25th Anniversary parade a week later.
Outside visits to a Safari Park and a Theme park were a welcome break to the Rock, and as the photographs show was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Overall a well organised programme and with the added bonus of some really fine weather the camp was a great success, and the cadets and staff will remember it for many years to come.
More images from the RAF Gibraltar camp