Two cadets from 2524 Oakington Squadron recently enjoyed a week away at RAF Lossiemouth as part of this summers Camp season.
Cadet Rebecca Thurston wrote a short paragraph about her time on camp.
She said: At RAF ‘Lossiemouth we had loads of fun. We saw the Typhoons, Tucanos and Tornados, met the pilots and saw the huge flight simulator. Also, we got to learn about the planes and see them fly over every day! We did social activities as well, like bowling, going to the beach, and rock climbing. We also got to go to the NAAFI where there was a dartboard and air hockey. On the last day, there was a big inspection and drill competition, and the awards were given out. A flight won best flight, but B flight won drill. The journey was 12 hours both ways, but it was totally worth it.’
Each year the squadron gets the opportunity to send cadets on a weeks camp which are held on current and active RAF stations. They get to see what the station is doing and visit many sections on the station, as well as day trips out to some of the different local activities.
WO Robelou of 2524 says ‘ Annual camps are a fantastic way for the cadets to see how an RAF station works and get a feel for the range of jobs that help to make the station what it is. They are also a good way for cadets from different squadrons to meet and make potential lasting friendships’
If you are interested in joining the 2524 Oakington Squadron please fill out the contact page.
Last night cadets and staff put on their trainers to successfully complete the ATC 75 Sports Challenge.
The initiative, which was designed to promote fitness and raise sponsorship money, was open to every single squadron and featured five challenges.
Challenge 1 : Keepy ups – This challenge was a test of coordination with the teams of 5 juggling a football as many times as possible in the allotted 75 second time frame.
Challenge 2 : Target Practice – This challenge was a test of distance perception. This challenge involved hitting a tennis ball with a hockey stick into the target situated 7.5 meters away.
Challenge 3 : Shuttle Runs – This challenge was a test of speed endurance. In teams of five, cadets and staff had to complete 75 shuttle runs in the allotted time (7 ½ minutes). Each person had to complete 15 shuttles in order to complete the total 75. Each shuttle run was 20 metres.
Challenge 4 : The Plank – This challenge was a test of core strength endurance. The aim of this challenge was to hold the plank position for as long as possible up to a maximum of 7 1/2 minutes. Points were be awarded for each time checkpoint reached.
Challenge 5 : Skipping – This challenge was a test of teamwork and coordination. The aim was to complete as many skips as possible in the allotted time (75 Seconds). The challenge had to be completed in teams of five – two team members either end of the rope and one in the middle (the skipper). Each team will had five attempts and had to rotate the skipper for every attempt.
Every one who took part did extremely well, with excellent team work and camaraderie demonstrated throughout the evening!
RAIN could not dampen the spirits of Air Cadets from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing as they came together to compete in their annual Wing Field Competition.
Two days of competition, held at RAF Wyton, saw all 29 Squadrons and one Detached Flight compete in a series of leadership and teamwork activities to establish the best practical unit in the Wing. Activities ranged from aircraft recognition to first aid, command tasks to drill with various trophies and medals up for grabs for the winners.
During the weekend the annual Wing review saw over 500 cadets and volunteer adult staff on parade with the new Wing Banner which was presented earlier this year at the Wings 75th anniversary parade. This year’s reviewing officer was Air Vice Marshall Richard Knighton, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. The parade was enhanced by a brilliant performance by the Wing band who are brought together from multiple Squadrons in the Wing.
After showing brilliant team work and putting in a tremendous effort this year’s field competition was won by 2331 (St Ives) Squadron who also won the prestigious drill competition. Second place was to 134 (Bedford) Squadron and in joint third were 73 (Huntingdon) and 104 (Cambridge) Squadrons. The Walker Trophy for best overall Squadron in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing was awarded to 1220 (March) Squadron.
Individual awards presented included the Brackenborough Bowl for best female cadet in the Wing for the second year running to Cadet Warrant Officer Katherine Hill of 2461 (Sawston) Squadron and the Nolan Cup for best male cadet, also for the second year running, to Cadet Warrant Officer Ben McMillan of 2484 (Cambourne) Detached Flight. The Gibson Goblet for the best member of volunteer uniform staff was awarded to Flight Lieutenant Henry Bowden of 1451 (Haverhill) Squadron with Civilian Instructor Paul Ogram from 2417 (Newmarket) Squadron winning the Davies Cup for best Civilian Instructor.
Squadron Leader David McMillan who organised the event said “this was a fantastic weekend enjoyed by cadets and staff alike. It serves to remind us all why we volunteer. It has been a privilege not only to organise such a successful event but also to be part of the best Wing in the Corps”.