DUKE OF EDINBURGH STARTS WITH A BRONZE

Two groups of Air Cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron Air Training Corps recently completed a two day expedition as part of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award.  Journeying through Norfolk, the 14 year old air cadets were self sufficient throughout, carrying their own food, supplies and tents.

Cadets Rakasius, James, Bicknell & Brooks about to set off for day 1.

Cadets Rakasius, James, Bicknell & Brooks about to set off for day 1.

On day one the teams walked from Whissonsett to the campsite at Coxford.  Both of the teams had planned their routes well enough to ensure that they arrived safely and on time.  On arrival to the chosen campsite, both teams pitched their tents then prepared their evening meal without any requirement for adult input. Both teams had carefully used the planning time for the expedition to ensure they chose a menu that was easily put together in any type of weather condition.

With the overnight temperature dropping to as low as 1°C both cadets and staff had, again, planned to ensure everyone was wrapped up warm overnight. Day two commenced with a hot breakfast before packing up their tents, and removing all signs of them being present, both groups went on to leave the campsite on time. The day took them through some attractive villages and finished, as planned, in Little Massingham.  With perfect timing the teams finished minutes apart and were on the minibus to travel home just before the weather turned to rain.

After completing his expedition, Cadet Joshua Birchnall (14) said “Physically and mentally challenging it was the best DofE experience I’ve had yet.  I enjoyed the scenery; some of the buildings we passed were really interesting. The pigs were good too!”

Cadets Stimson, Bissett, Manze & Birchnall at the conclusion of day 2.

Cadets Stimson, Bissett, Manze & Birchnall at the conclusion of day 2.

The cadets now have to ensure completion of the other 3 elements on the Duke of Edinburgh award to be awarded with their Bronze badges. The other 3 elements are Volunteering, within the local community, Physical, improving their own levels of fitness and a specific skill, for example First Aid, Photography or an element of the Air Training Corps syllabus.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is available to all air cadets at the 1220 (March) Squadron. For further information on what we do, please visit our website: www.1220atc.org.uk