Air Cadets put Marham on the Map

Cadets from 864 (Marham) DF Air Training Corps are now fully trained in map reading and navigation.

They recently took part in a weekend course at Marham to prepare them for their ‘First Class Cadet’ assessment and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions.

Saturday was spent at the Youth Activities Centre (YAC) on the theory of navigation, during which they learned how to read Ordnance Survey maps and use a compass to navigate. They also had to draw a scale map of the YAC compound.

On the next day, they donned their walking boots and rucksacks for a 15km navigation exercise across Marham Fen, along the Nar Valley Way, through Shouldham Warren, Shouldham village and back across the fields to Marham.

Cadet Aaron Bannell (13) said: “It was tiring but worth it. I now feel a lot more confident reading maps”

Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Tony Hall said: “They all did very well and were only ‘temporarily uncertain of their position’ on one occasion but soon got back on the right track.”

Marham Air Cadets are now recruiting boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 16 from around the Marham area. If you wish to give it a try, please contact Tony Hall on 07900 518153 or send an Email to: oc.864df@aircadets.org.

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