RAF Marham Air Cadet Summer Camps 2011

From Saturday 2nd July to Saturday 3rd September 2011, cadets and staff of the Air Training Corps (ATC) have been taking part in Summer Camps at RAF Marham.

These camps lasted for one week each, running from Saturday to Saturday and gave the cadets chance to experience what life is like at RAF Marham. The stated aims of the camps are to allow the cadets to experience the day-to-day life of their parent Service, to undertake outdoor training and to gain flying experience.

A total of over 300 cadets over a nine week period attended the camps. Each group consisted of up to 36 cadets aged between 13 and 18 and up to 10 staff, including VR(T) officers, ATC adult SNCOs and Civilian Instructors. This year cadets came from Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Wing, Norfolk and Suffolk Wing, Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing and South and East Midlands Wing.

Whilst at Marham, the cadets visited the RAF Police Section, the Station Fire Section, TIW, CMU, 2620 RAuxAF Regt Sqn, 93 (EA) Sqn and of course a Tornado Sqn or the Weapons Load Trainer. They also undertook Air Experience Flying at RAF Wyton with 5 AEF Sqn, took part in a Night Exercise (NITEX) where they learnt some basic fieldcraft skills, received an RAF brief and leadership training from the RAF Motivational Outreach Team (MOT), went bowling, visited Duxford Imperial War Museum, and sampled the delights of Hunstanton.

During the course of the summer, the cadets also provided assistance to the Marham Friends and Families Day, the ‘Marham 10’ Charity Race and Fun Run and the Richards Burns Memorial Rally weekend. Additionally, several cadets undertook short work experience visits to sections around the Station.

This years summer camps have successfully allowed the cadets to experience for themselves a little of what RAF Marham is all about and given them a valuable insight into the RAF. These camps have run smoothly largely thanks to the cooperation and positive attitude of all the Squadrons and Sections involved and the ACLO would like to extend his thanks accordingly. Although the summer camps are now over for 2011, RAF Marham assistance to and involvement with the ATC does not stop there and anyone wishing to help with any activities relating to the Air Cadets should contact the ACLO.

Written By: Flt Lt D A Hawley, ACLO

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