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Exercise Phoenix Griffin

The October half term was an exhilarating time for four cadets from 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn.  CDT Butler, CDT Hunt, CPL Jeffries and CPL Wilkes all attended Devon and Somerset’s annual camp at Swynerton training base.  This camp was 5 days long and was a different type of camp. It was different due to the fact that we were the only 4 cadets from Warwickshire and Birmingham wing to attend this camp with the other wing.  

To list a few activities that we did: Bubble football, CASSIM, shooting, target paintball, clay pigeon shooting. All of these activities were very fun and interesting and was also very engaging. It was the first time I had tried Bubble football and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I am truthfully able to tell you that I don’t enjoy football but this was a different type of football and I actually really enjoyed this type. Another activity that I also really enjoyed was the clay pigeon shooting. I have tried clay pigeon shooting before and have attended a few shoots with my Dad and I really enjoy this as well. The serenity of the sport is very calming and I felt relaxed, very contradicting when you’re holding a 12 gauge shotgun.  On this activity I was able to hit 5 out of 12 clays which was a pretty good score according to the instructor. The CASSIM (casualty simulation) was also very interesting as I have always wondered how fake wounds were made on TV programmes or in first aid scenarios. During the CASSIM, we were taught how to create fake bruises, cuts, broken bones and burns. All of this was very interesting and came out looking very realistic.

The accommodation on the base was also good. 24 people were put to a room, however our room had less which meant that everyone was able to bond and create friends more easily. The beds were very comfortable and after a long, tiring day the beds felt all the more comfortable. The food was also very appetising and the catering staff was very friendly. I have a wheat allergy so there perhaps might have been food on the serving table that was not for me, however I didn’t need to worry as the catering staff had already prepared a separate meal for me. I feel that the meals on the base were perhaps some of the nicest I have tried on a camp and they were also fairly good sized portions.

Overall my opinions of this camp are very good and I would recommend this camp to anyone. It was very well organised and was very engaging. I will certainly apply for the camp next year.   


Article Submitted by:-
Cpl Tom Wilkes - 487 (Kingstanding and Perry Barr) Sqn
13 Dec 16


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