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Cadets Gain Life Skills On Pyrenees Trek

Published: 30 Oct 2015

This summer the Pyrenees proved to be a magnet for Air Cadet expeditions, with the RAF Charitable Trust giving three grants to different groups tackling the mountain range.

Cumbria and Lancashire Wing cadets  were the latest to be awarded a grant, receiving £3,000 towards a trekking expedition to the Benasque Valley. 

The 15- to 18-year-old cadets took part in day walks, wild camping, sports climbing and kayaking alongside the normal tasks of budgeting, buying and cooking food, and washing up. Successful budgeting enabled everyone to enjoy white-water rafting on the last day, which was the highlight of the trip for many. 

Flt Sgt Hannah Williams said: "The overall aim of this overseas expedition was not only to teach the Cadets and Staff about adventurous training but also to teach them life skills in adapting to change within a new environment, teamwork and leadership. We would like to thank the RAF Charitable Trust for their support in helping us to make this expedition happen."

Amanda Butcher, Director of the RAF Charitable Trust, said: "The Air Cadet Organisation provides many opportunities for young people to develop their potential and the Trustees were delighted to see this group taking full advantage of the grant to enjoy so many different activities and experiences during their trip."

CAPTION: cadets from Cumbria and Lancashire Wing relax in the Benasque Valley during their adventurous training trip.

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