Army cadets en­joy a sum­mer camp on Sal­is­bury Plain

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS - By Pete Bryant

AN ex­hil­a­rat­ing sum­mer camp was com­pleted by cadets from Alder­shot, Farn­bor­ough and Cove on Sal­is­bury Plain.

The camp, which was the re­sult of months of plan­ning, al­lows mem­bers of Hamp­shire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force the chance to put into prac­tice the train­ing they have re­ceived through­out the year.

Run­ning from Au­gust 9 to 16, the high­light for many was a flight in a Mer­lin Mark 3 he­li­copter dur­ing the field­craft ex­er­cise, ar­ranged by Alder­shot A Com­pany sec­ond in com­mand Cap­tain Spencer Drain.

Dur­ing the two-week camp in West­down, more than 600 cadets and in­struc­tors from de­tach­ments across the county en­dured rain show­ers and chal­leng­ing train­ing.

So­phie McDon­nell, 13, from Farn­bor­ough de­tach­ment, said: “The he­li­copter was re­ally good, I would never have got to do this if I had been at home.”

The cadets also took part in mil­i­tary train­ing and an ad­ven­ture train­ing day, which in­cluded a climb­ing tower, clay pi­geon shoot­ing, archery and a chal­leng­ing moun­tain bike course.

Cadet Cor­po­ral Stu­art Gains­ford from Alder­shot de­tach­ment, who has been a cadet for five years, said: “This is my last an­nual camp and it has been the high­light of my time in the ACF.”

The camp ended with a drill com­pe­ti­tion fol­lowed by a fi­nal pa­rade where cadet Cor­po­rals Frankie Farmer, 16, and Me­gan Cle­ment, 17, both se­nior cadets at Alder­shot de­tach­ment, re­ceived medals for com­plet­ing the 100-mile Ni­jmegen Marches in July as part of a team of cadets from Hamp­shire and the Isle of Wight.

Cor­po­ral Cur­tis Izard, 17, was pre­sented with a BTEC level 2 ex­tended cer­tifi­cate in public ser­vices.

This was fol­lowed by a fun af­ter­noon in­clud­ing in­flat­a­bles and a visit from the army’s south east out­reach team.

The Army Cadet Force is a Min­istry of De­fences-pon­sored youth or­gan­i­sa­tion open to all young peo­ple in Year 8 and above.

It is seek­ing more adult lead­ers, with or with­out mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.army­cadets.com/county/hamp­shire- and- isle- ofwight-acf.

Pic­tures: John Dadley

Cadets in Alder­shot A Com­pany at a Hamp­shire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force sum­mer camp in Sal­is­bury next to the he­li­copter they flew in dur­ing the camp.

Cadet Cor­po­rals Frankie Farmer and Me­gan Cle­ment with county com­man­dant Colonel Rod Lam­bert.

Phillippa Farmer on a climb­ing ac­tiv­ity wall dur­ing cadet camp.

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