Twenty-nine RAF Air Cadets from nine different squadrons across Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing completed a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition last weekend. Fifteen cadets from 181 (City of … Continue Reading
This years Jersey Camp was plagued by rain for the first half, luckily the island was bathed in beautiful sunshine for the second half. This weather ,however, did not deter our young adventurers in their quest to have fun.
This year we joined forces with 1446 (Clevedon) Squadron and we were supported by Fg Off Christopher Callaghan RAF VR(T), CI Matthew Gardiner and one of their cadets, Cdt Sgt Marsh. This year, regrettably, we only had 10 cadets from 2467 (Nailsea) Squadron, but the Commanding Officer was joined by other staff new and old to support him. This year was the 10th year that the Squadron has made use of the Squadron facilities in Jersey.
Anyway onto 2015, the week began very wet but activities were planned around this and the cadets participated in Surf School, Chocolate making!, where some fantastic chocolates were made for their mums and CI Milliner (almost something Thorntons would be proud to sell). We also had a session at Aqua Splash which is huge aquatic complex in St. Helier. On Thursday, Sqn Ldr Radford pleased the film buffs amongst the cadets by everyone going to the cinema to see Mission Impossible 2. There was lots of excitement amongst them who walked into the auditorium with arms laden with fizzy pop and popcorn. After the film we headed back to the squadron and the cadets had lunch. In the afternoon after juggling about the pre-planned activities the cadets took part in some Sea Kayaking at St. Brelades bay. From Thursday afternoon the sun began to shine which cheered everyone up because Jersey is always nicer in the sunshine. Making the most of the good weather, in the evening we went to Beauport Bay where cadets could relax and swim thoroughly entertained by CI Reis falling over the rocks like some adaptation of the Royal Ballet. One cadet mentioned “Sir, I’ve never seen anyone fall so gracefully and survive”. Here we will forget Cadet Taylors reference to “Dugongs”!
Friday saw a lovely day develop as cadets tried their hand at coasteering around Greve de Lecq and another surprise was abseiling at a 2nd World War coastal artillery battery ‘Battery Lothringen’ built by the Germans during the occupation. The day was to finish at the Lighthouse at La Corbiére with Fish & Chips.
Saturday saw cadets going paddle boarding and Sunday saw everyone, staff included, undertaking High Ropes and King Swing courses. The day finished at St. Ouens beach swimming and relaxing. The last day saw cadets visiting St. Helier for souvenirs and lunch before attending the Bouley Bay Hill Climb which is organised by the Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Climb.
It was then off to the airport for our journey home via Guernsey airport..