Every year, Air Cadets from around the Squadron and Wing are given the opportunity to attend a Camp on an operational RAF station, this can be anywhere in the United Kingdom or Overseas. Normally these camps take place over the school’s Easter, Summer and Autumn holidays.
The camps are for a week (normally Saturday to Saturday). Their primary aim is to show cadets what life is like on an RAF Station with the primary purpose of letting cadets see what life is like on an RAF camp. However they are also a great opportunity to meet new people as the camp is usually comprised to cadets from different Squadrons. They also provide an opportunity to experience new things, beyond what we can normally offer at the Squadron, this included flights in service aircraft, visits to the various sections on a Station and the possibility of work experience for those old enough.
What Happens on a Blue camp
Blue camps are never the same. Each one is different and offers something unique. The standard program consists of visits to the various sections on the station, flying and gliding where possible, there is normally leadership and command task excises, a Night Ex, sport as well as social events, such as bowling, go-karting etc. There may also be visits to local attractions, such as theme parks, or other RAF stations near by.You will usually be feed and housed on the station. Some camps provide cadets with individual rooms, others provide barrack rooms, others may even accommodate cadets in tents. There will be drill, uniform and room/tent inspections but these, along with all the other activities, earn points for you as an individual and for your Flight as a whole.
What Happens on a STEM camp
STEM Camps are camps that or normally organised by Headquarters Air Cadets, and are there primarily to provide training within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. These camps are normally a week long and will have cadets from all over the UK.
What Happends on a ATLC Camp
ATLC (Adventurous Training and Leadership Camp) is an Essex Wing Camp, which is housed on an Army training camp within the southern half of the UK. On the camp you will experience a variety of activities, from Fieldcraft to Canoeing, Hill Walking to Archery.