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Funding helps cadets scale new heights

Published: 27 Mar 2017   updated: 29 Mar 2017

Members of the Air Cadet Organisation's volunteer staff braved the elements and took to the Western Highlands of Scotland to complete a five-day mountaineering and ice climbing expedition, part-funded by the RAF Charitable Trust.

The £667 grant for the adventure training exercise on February 26, undertaken by staff from the National Air Cadets Adventurous Training Centre, was approved by Trustees to help increase the quality of training delivered to cadets, while also providing opportunities for volunteer staff to improve upon their expertise.

The trip, supported by the Ulysses Trust, encompassed challenging winter mountain activities, including ice climbing, mountaineering, and hill walking to 11 staff members.

Andy Reeve, ACO Adventure Training Officer, said: "All members of the team have increased their understanding of the winter mountains and the decision making process required to remain safe in this type of environment. 

"The group was split into three teams, who each took on one of the activities. Ensuring they were appropriately equipped, they studied weather forecasts and avalanche warnings to decide upon the safest routes. It was important that they planned carefully to give themselves the flexibility to alter plans according to the conditions, whilst also practising some essential safety skills as part of their journey.

"This exercise was both a great opportunity for cadets and staff as several of the participants are now in a position to undertake the Winter Mountain Leader training course, with one member of the team moving forward and registering for the International Mountain Leader Scheme. Two staff volunteers also undertook a Joint Services' Winter Climbing Foundation Course during the expedition. 

"We're really grateful to the Trust for its support, making a valuable contribution towards the funding of this exercise and providing our young cadets and staff with a highly unique and beneficial opportunity."

Take a look at the walking group's experience HERE

The Trust has supported a variety of adventurous expeditions and activities in association with the Ulysses Trust since the start of 2017. The following Cadet Forces from across the country have received help towards ambitious training projects: 
  • Eleven HQ Air Cadets will participate in yacht sailing off the shores of West Coast Scotland in August. The week-long voyage will provide the opportunity for senior Air Cadets (18 years and above) to take part in a challenging and demanding off-shore sail-training exercise, expected to cover 250 nautical miles. 
  • Cadets and instructors from Middlesex Wing ATC will spend five days on a canoe expedition to the Morova River in Serbia. Their journey will take them through unfamiliar, remote environments and includes visits to a number of WW2 sites.
  • Earlier this year, Calday Grange Grammar School CCF visited Norway to undertake ski touring and related winter training.
The expeditions, which are part-funded by the RAF Charitable Trust through The Ulysses Trust, ensure that all members of the Cadet Forces have the opportunity to take part in challenging adventurous and community-related activities which will benefit the cadets on both an individual and community level. 

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