2461 (Sawston) Squadron RAF Air Cadets

2461 (Sawston) Squadron is the Air Cadet Squadron based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford

Sunday 21 April 2013


ACTION and adventure was the order for the week as Air Cadets from 2461 (Sawston) Squadron joined cadets from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing for the annual Easter Camp.

The camp, held at Wathgill near the Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, saw cadets learn and develop various fieldcraft skills such as camouflage, concealment, tactics and shelter building.  They were also able to take part in climbing, abseiling, bridge building, sport and raft building.  Cadets were also instructed in first aid, leadership and communication skills.    

Cadet Edred Whittingham on the bridge building exercise.

The highlight of the week for many of the cadets was the 36 hour exercise which tests the cadets physical and mental endurance along with seeing them live and survive in the field eating from military ration packs.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Sam Long, 19 from Harston, said “This was my last camp with the Air Cadets before I reach the upper age limit in May.  It was a demanding week in which I led a flight of twenty cadets which tested my leadership and management skills, all of which I have learnt during my time with the Air Cadets.”

Cadets climbing and abseiling.

Warrant Officer Tim Barker added “The week saw cadets and staff work together to ensure everything ran smoothly.  The cadets made new friends and got to experience new activities.”

At the end of the week the flight led by Flight Sergeant Sam Long was adjudged to be the best flight on camp.

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