84 Sqn ATC Crest

Monday, 24 April 2017

Two Weekends....Two Different Adventures

Over the Easter weekend and during the following weekend, two groups of cadets from 84 Squadron took part in Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions as part of their bronze and silver awards. 
Silver Group in the Peak District

The first group setting off were the Silver Qualifiers who completed three gruelling days of walking through the Peak District. The group have been plotting their route during regular parades and sorted all their equipment so that they were self sufficient for the entire weekend. Setting off with a skip in their step, the group worked together to make sure everyone in the team made it through each day's route and arrived safely at the campsite each evening. They were remotely supervised and assessed by Civilian Instructors Steve Giles and Sarah Kelly who met with them each evening at the campsite for debrief. Unfortunately Cadet Flight Sergeant Phoebe Jenner had to withdraw at the end of the first day due to illness. She was gutted to not be part of the remaining activity but made the right decision and she will be able to complete her qualifying expedition later in the season. 
Bronze Day Walk Group

Just one week later a different group of cadets set off across the Warwickshire countryside as part of the Bronze level training. This one-day walk was the perfect training exercise to get the team working together, identifying features from their map reading lessons and building up stamina ready to complete their practice expedition planned for the start of May. The weather was extremely kind and they completed the required training elements under blue skies and sunshine. Cadet John Spelman joined the group to support and help his peers throughout their activity. Watch this space for more expeditions and subsequent qualification news over the next few months.