Cadets from the wing returned from a weeks camp at Royal Air Force station Boulmer in Northumberland between the 12 and 19 July. The station is home to 202 Squadron search & rescue helicopters, the school of fighter control, and the NATO Control & Reporting Centre (CRC).
The week kicked off with initial dry training and weapons handling tests on the No.8 and L98 rifle's for all of the cadets on camp. Following dinner the camp began doing sports, which was cut short as 202 Squadron had phoned to allow the cadets to fly in a Sea King helicopter. The 20 minute flights were in groups of 6 or 7, and took the cadets around the local area, over castles and along the Northumberland coast. The experience truly was a once in a life time experience and was enjoyed by all cadets.
Following the buzz and excitement of Sunday the camp received a briefing from the deputy station commander, and proceeded on to a days shooting on the 25 metre barrack range. On the night the cadets travelled to the nearby village of Seahouses for a boat trip to visit the farne islands and see the local wildlife, including puffins and grey seals. Cadets all scaled the steep stairs of Longstone island lighthouse, made famous by Grace Darling who with her father rescued nearby stranded sailors in 1838. Following on the sea rescue theme cadets visited the local RNLI lifeboat station for a tour around the lifeboats and a talk about the service that the RNLI provides as a charity.
On the Tuesday the two flights visited the Low ropes course and the fire section, offering the chance to get hands on with the fire fighting equipment, including hoses and breathing apparatus. Later all cadets participated in an RAF multi-stage fitness test, better known as the bleep test to give an idea of the level of fitness required to join the armed forces. Following the fitness test was a wind down with a game of inter-flight softball and a visit to 202 Squadron for a look around the Sea King helicopters. Later after dinner the camp took part in Ground Defence Training tasks including erecting a 12x12 tent, section attacks, Fieldcraft, camouflage and concealment.
On the Wednesday the cadets took part in various leadership and group exercises with the ACLO team, giving every cadet on the camp to get hands on and lead. Cadets were also introduced to service issue ration packs and hexamine stoves with dinner being prepared and cooked by the cadets themselves.
On Thursday the cadets departed camp early for a day of enjoyment off the station in Newcastle, beginning with wet 'n' wild one of the UK's largest swimming water fun parks, following that on to the bowling alley for a session of disco bowling, following the bowling the camp went to a local chip shop for a sit down fish and chips meal, the night was then rounded off with a visit to the Odeon cinema to watch Hancock.
On the Friday following a very short drill practice to two flights took part in a drill competition in front of the station warrant officer, who was impressed with the overall standard of the cadet's dress and drill.
The overall best flight competition was won by B flight with a lead by one activity.
The weather during the week was perfect and made for a great camp which was truly enjoyed by all of the cadets and staff.