Devon County Show Cadet Challenge

20180519_171241 (1)On Saturday 19th May 2018, 4 cadets from 13 City of Exeter Squadron took part in the Cadet Challenge.
The challenge involved a series of activities, we started with fly fishing, the cadets were taught the technique of fly fishing and the challenge was to see how many times you could cast the line in and hit the hoop in the water. Next up was archery, all the cadets felt this would be a piece of cake due to their shooting practise within the ATC, they soon realised that wasn’t the case. We then moved on to simulated clay pigeon shooting, everybody did rather well at this so we got through it quite quickly.
Throughout these challenges the cadets had to also complete a quiz, which they managed in record time.
All that was left was a mystery challenge at 4.30pm, so the cadets were free to explore the show for a couple of hours. Upon returning they were informed that their final challenge would be duck herding, they couldn’t believe their ears!
The duck herding was quite difficult, the cadets had to direct the ducks through and around a series of obstacles. Eventually they managed to get the ducks back in the pen securely.
All in all it was an excellent effort by team ‘fightin 13’, this was clear when we ended up being the winners of the cadet challenge!
A big well done to Cpl Gough, Cpl Coats, Cdt Howard and Cdt Gough and thank you to flt lt Jordan for being our chauffeur.
FS Parkinson (RAFAC)

Royal Air Force Baton Relay Visits Devon, 100 Years of the RAF

On Monday 23rd April, cadets from 722, 722DF, 1146, 20 and 1079 Squadrons were lucky enough to be on parade to receive the #RAF100BatonRelay torch at RMB Chivenor!

The RAF Baton Relay Team gave a short talk with the cadets and staff present as well as handing out all the usual goodies (caps, bottles and badges)!

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What we do

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This is what it’s all about – activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way through structured lectures and first-hand experience.

Don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join your local squadron as a trial, when you get to know the other cadets and start basic training. You then get gradually introduced to activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.

Get out and get active

Cadet life is about learning through practical experience, especially in the great outdoors! Here’s a taster of what’s in store:

  • Camping – Work on your survival skills and learn your strengths in a team.
  • Easter/summer camps – As you advance in rank you can take part in these popular camps held at RAF stations around the UK.
  • Overseas camps – Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming, sailing, and maybe even see the Red Arrows practise their displays (they train there). Head to Germany where you’ll visit a city or cemetery from the First and Second World Wars. You may even get to fly in helicopters – another exciting possibility for cadets.
  • Adventurous training – A huge part of cadet training. We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing are all par for the course.

Get airborne

Flying is central to our purpose and your cadet experience. You’ll have loads of opportunities to take to the skies:

  • Gliding – Soar to success! There are fantastic opportunities to glide while you are a cadet, with the ultimate goal being a solo flight. Training is in three stages: a Gliding Induction Course (GIC), Gliding Scholarship (GS) and Advanced Gliding Training (AGT).
  • Air Experience Flights – Feel the thrill of powered flight, with a fully qualified pilot to guide you through taking control of the aircraft yourself. Not only have the opportunity to learn about the flying controls but you’ll experience aerobatics and low level flying too.
  • Air Cadet Pilot Scheme – The pinnacle of flying as a cadet, for advanced handling. Complete this successfully and you’ll be awarded your cadet pilot wings. And if you do exceptionally well you could be recommended for further training which will help towards your Private Pilot’s Licence!
  • Air Cadet Pilot Navigation Training Scheme – A great opportunity to use your navigation skills, this two-week course where you fly for up to eight hours is open to selected cadets. Success will lead to you gaining your ‘wings’.
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