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Funding challenges cadets to reach new heights

Published: 17 Feb 2017


Cadets from Norfolk and Suffolk Wing Air Training Corps got a taste of adventure as they took on the Cairngorms mountain range in the East of Scotland.

The group of 65 cadets, accompanied by 23 Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) and RAF Volunteer Reserves, and six instructors, laced up their hiking boots as they embarked upon a seven-day trekking expedition, dubbed Expedition Golden Eagle One 2016, part-funded by the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

The trip, supported by the Ulysses Trust, encompassed a hiking through mountainous terrain, as well as elements of white water rafting, zip lining and mountain biking, helping cadets to expand their adventure training skills. Fortunate with the weather the cadets were able to take on some of the more challenging summits in the Cairngorm Mountain range including Ben Macdui and Sgor Gaoith.

Cadet Corporal Law of 1109 (Thetford) Squadron said: "The week-long adventure training camp was an incredibly enjoyable experience, testing our ability to conquer our fears, especially during the zip lining across many different levels and heights. We enjoyed many hill walks with incredible views across the Scottish terrain and the visit to Fort George was very educational. For me, the most memorable moment of the camp was white water rafting and experiencing cliff jumps, both being some of the best things I have ever done".

The adventure training pushed cadets outside of their comfort zones in a controlled environment, encouraging team and individual achievements during the week.

Wg Cdr David Miller added: "Norfolk and Suffolk cadets are primarily from fairly remote rural areas, meaning that there are few chances for them to participate in such challenging activities.

"This expedition has provided life-enhancing opportunities for these young men and women in the demanding environment of Rothiemurchus. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank RAFCT and the Ulysses Trust for helping us to facilitate this training as participating in adventure activities like this helps cadets and staff. Through Expedition Golden Eagle One, they have had the opportunity to improve fortitude, rigour, robustness, initiative and leadership skills."

Recognising the need for cadets to experience a variety of adventure training activities, Trustees approved the £2,193 grant and hope this will encourage more ambitious projects in the future for cadets in this area.

RAFCT Director Amanda Butcher added: "The Trust works with the Ulysses Trust to fund expeditions and help ensure that all members of the air cadets have the opportunity to take part in challenging, adventurous activities which will improve their skills and benefit them both physically and mentally."

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