Cadets on thrill-packed 10-day camp

North Wales Weekly News - - POLITICS/ OPINIONS - BY GARETH WYN WIL­LIAMS gareth­wyn.wil­liams@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Holy­head­Mail

THRILL-SEEK­ING cadets have marched down to Kent for a 10-day ac­tion packed ad­ven­ture re­treat. More than 300 young­sters be­tween the ages of 13 and 18 from North Wales signed up for the Cl­wyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force‘s (ACF) 2016 an­nual camp at Lydd near Folke­stone, which started last Sun­day ( July 26).

And among them are teenagers from Conwy, Pen­maen­mawr, Llan­dudno, and Col­wyn Bay, who have spent their first week tak­ing part in a va­ri­ety of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties – from quad-bik­ing and clay-pi­geon shoot­ing to cam­ou­flage lessons and camp­ing out un­der the stars.

One of the most ex­pe­ri­enced cadets at the re­treat is Reubens Sy­d­dall from Llan­dudno Junction.

The last time the Ys­gol Aber­conwy pupil vis­ited the camp was when he first joined the cadets four years ago.

This time around, how­ever, the cadet Staff Sergeant is one of the most se­nior young­sters on camp and he is rel­ish­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Reubens, who is a mem­ber of the Llan­dudno army cadets, said: “I re­ally en­joy teach­ing and men­tor­ing the younger cadets. I’d say it is one of my strong points.

“It’s quite a chal­lenge and this year I’ve been tasked with teach­ing young­sters who are more ad­vanced than what I’m used to, but I like the re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“The last time I was at this camp I had not long joined the cadets so it does bring back mem­o­ries.

“Cadets is what has driven my life since then and got me pretty much where I want to be.”

Tak­ing part in his first an­nual camp with the cadets this year is Sam Turner from Llan­dudno.

The 13-year-old Ys­gol John Bright pupil said: “I’ve en­joyed ev­ery­thing we’ve done so far, par­tic­u­larly the ad­ven­ture train­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as rock-climb­ing and quad-bik­ing.

“I’m also look­ing for­ward to camp­ing out over the week­end.

“If I wasn’t here, I’d prob­a­bly be at home play­ing com­puter games but with the cadets there’s so much to do.”

Other ac­tiv­i­ties the cadets will be able to try their hand at dur­ing their an­nual camp in­clude kayak­ing, paint balling, archery and first aid.

They will also be taken on a tour of nearby Dover Castle dur­ing a day-long cul­tural visit.

Chief of the Cl­wyd and Gwynedd Army cadet force, Colonel An­thony Jones, said: “Our an­nual camp is the high­light of the cadets’ cal­en­dar and is a great op­por­tu­nity for the young­sters to so­cialise, keep fit and ac­tive and en­joy a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether.

“Hope­fully, they will be able to draw on their ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing camp and ap­ply them to their lives out­side of the cadet force.”

The Cl­wyd and Gwynedd ACF is cur­rently look­ing to re­cruit more cadets and adult in­struc­tors.

For more in­for­ma­tion, phone (01745) 583794 or visit https://army­cadets.com/county/clwydand-gwynedd-acf

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