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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Annual Camps 2014


Its that time of year when we get details of the upcoming camp allocations for 2014 and the year ahead looks to be a bumper year with plenty on offer across the UK and overseas.

Bidding letters have been issued and will need to be returned before the end of the year. We understand that it may be difficult to plan so far ahead but please do make bids as accurately as possible and we ask that you let us know as soon as possible should you availability change.
NEW Return Slips are available from the squadron office.

UK Camps
Eligibility for UK camps: Any enrolled Cadet (no age requirement)

Please note there will be no week camp at HMS Bristol in 2014. There will be 2 weekend camps (4 - 6 July & 31 Oct - 2 Nov), details of which will be issued separately.
There will also be a Wing Fieldcraft Camp at Sennybridge 2-9 Aug.


Details still to be finalised


S1. RAF Shawbury: 30 cadets (m/f split TBC) across the Wing

Home of the Defence Helicopter Flying School serving all three military services, RAF Shawbury is one of our closest stations based in Shropshire. The Central Flying School (Helicopter) and The Central Air Traffic Control School ensure this camp is a dynamic and exciting place for cadets to visit.

[RAF Shawbury Homepage]

    26 Jul - 2 Aug

S2. RAF Wyton: 18 male & 12 female cadet places available across the Wing.

Located near to Huntingdon Cambridgshire, RAF Wyton is home to the Headquarters Joint Forces Intelligence Group, the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Fusion Centre as well as No 5 Air Experience Flight.
[RAF Wyton Homepage]
  • 2 - 9 Aug*
 *Clashes with Wing Fieldcraft Camp

S3. RAF Linton-on-Ouse: 22 Cadet places (m/f split TBC)
One of the busiest airfields in the country, RAF Linton-On-Ouse, trains the future fast jet pilots of both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy with the Tucano T1. Based on the outskirts of York, the station provides flying, operational and support wings to prepare individuals for their future careers and wider commitments.
 [RAF Linton-On-Ouse Homepage

  • 9 - 16 Aug

S4. RAF Halton: 38 male and 15 female places across the WingPart of No 22 (Training) Group, RAF Halton hosts the Directorate of Recruitment and Initial Training where all new recruits to the Airforce as well as many civilian roles are trained to the highest possible standard.
[RAF Halton Homepage]
  • 23 - 30 Aug

Autumn: NEW DATES! 
Now does not fall in-line with Coventry & Warwickshire Half-term dates!

A1. RAF Boulmer: 22 cadets (m/f split TBC) across the Wing
Based in Alnwick, Northumberland, RAF Boulmer is the home of Air Surveillance and Control System Force & the RAF School of Aerospace Battle Management. Also based here is A Flight 202 Squadron Search & Rescue who are ready to scramble in support of military or civilian personel in distress at sea or on land.
[RAF Boulmer Homepage
  • 18 - 25 October (Please check half-term dates!)

Overseas Camps 
Central & East Region has offered the following camps to Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing. Please ask in the office for more details including projected costs and requirements.

Spring: Ascension Island 
Wed 26 March - Tues 1 April 2014
Age requirement: 17yrs or over AND must have attended at least one UK Camp previously.
A visit to this important staging post for military personnel travelling to the Falkland Islands and St Helena. The programme is to include instructional visits to learn how RAF Staging Posts are managed, resources & operated; Adventure Training and Support for the local community including any 'Hearts & Minds' activities.

Summer: Gibraltar
5 - 12 Aug 2014
Eligibility: 15 years minimum on date of departure AND must have attended at least one UK Camp previously
The primary role of the RAF stationed on the Rock of Gibraltar is to manage the airfield and provide support to aircraft transiting through this forward operating base.
[RAF Gibraltar]

Autumn: Cyprus
16-25 October 2014 (check half term dates)
Eligibility: 15 years minimum on date of departure AND must have attended at least one UK Camp previously
Cyprus is a highly important Permanent Joint Operating Base with RAF Akrotiri supporting operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also provides warm weather training for Fast Jet Operations including the training ground for the Red Arrows.
[RAF Akrotiri]

December Training Programme

The final few sessions of the year and as ever some exciting events coming up:
  • Flight Path Protection Team Visit - Re scheduled from November, the team from Birmingham Airport will visit the squadron to present their work and demonstrate a different element of the aviation world
  • Wed 11 December - the last Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society (RAes) lecture of the season. Entitled 'The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight', speaker Squadron Leader Duncan Mason, Officer Commanding BBMF, promises to be a fantastic end to the 2013 season of lectures.
  • Christmas Social - Sunday 15 December at the Squadron. Cadets can enjoy a relaxed party parade with food and fun before the last push for Bagpack weekend. The Fundraising Social event at Baginton British Legion has been post-poned until January. More details will follow in due course.

  • Squadron Bagpack Weekend - Sat 21 & Sun 22 December at Sainsbury's Kenilworth. This important annual fundraiser brings in all the funds to support our squadron over the following year. Cadets MUST sign up for at least one shift over the weekend - details in the Squadron.

Following the Bagpack Weekend the Squadron will be on Stand Down until the New Year.
Our first parade back for cadets will be Wednesday 08 January 2014

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

November Training Programme

Firstly, congratulations on successful Remembrance and Armistice parades in Baginton, Coventry and Bedworth. Feedback from the local residents in Baginton praised the large turn-out and high standard of the cadets on parade.

Activities coming up for the remainder of this month:

  • Junior NCO Course at RAF Cosford - two selected cadets will attend this highly subscribed course to develop their leadership skills
  • Flight Path Protection Team Visit - the team from Birmingham Airport Flight Protection Team will be presenting to the cadets about their work at the airport highlighting a different aspect of the aviation world
  • Sat 23 Nov - Kingsbury Long Range Day
  • Sat 30 Nov - 3 x Gliding Induction Slots at RAF Little Rissington (afternoon session)
  • Sat 30 Nov - Cosford 25m Range Day


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Remembrance Day Parades - 10 November 2013

ALL cadets and staff are to attend this COMPULSORY parade. Absences will only be authorised if given in writing by parents.

The Squadron will be participating in two parades this Sunday. The majority of the Squadron will be taking part in the local service in Baginton village, but as there isn't enough room in the church for the whole squadron and the parishoners, a smaller contingent will join other local units for the civic parade in Coventry's War Memorial Park.

Who's parading where was decided on Wednesday night. (If you didn't volunteer for Coventry, then parade at Baginton!)

Timings for the two parades are slightly different:

BAGINTON - Everyone to be IN the squadron at 0915hrs. We shall finish back at the Sqn at 1230hrs (normal time). Parents are welcome to attend the church service at Baginton, but as parking is limited at the church cars should be left at the Squadron.

COVENTRY - Mustering on Spencer Avenue (near Spencer Park), to arrive between 0930hrs and 0945hrs. You will be aware that road closures are in place for the parade, so routes to the muster point may be convoluted, and busy with other parents! The parade is expected to finish and disperse by 1200hrs.

DRESS: Uniform is No2 (Wedgewood blue shirt, tie and jersey) for cadets, No1's for uniformed staff. WEAR WARM BASE LAYERS! Everyone is to bring their own poppy and church offering (fresh poppies are available at Sqn HQ).