DofE Expeditions

Over the Bank Holiday week cadets from the Sqn took part in their Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburghs expeditions in the wild country setting of the Lake District. Based in Glennridding on the banks of Ulswater the cadets completed a “check” day of mountaining walking monitored by the Sqn staff before starting their 3 or 4 day odessy of working as a team with no staff input, navigating, camping and operating in wild and mountainous country. The weather was unusually good with warm sunshine being felt on each day (odd indeed in the lakes!) and on some days too hot and sunny meaning the cadets learnt the need for effective water discipline! This did however meant the cadets where able to see the RAF at low level with Typhoons, Tornadoes, Hawks, Tuccanos and a Tutor being seen. The photos show a Silver group after summiting Scafell Pike, and the same group at the Beacon on day one of their expedition, and descending typical lakeland terrain. The silver camp at Baysbrown with the dramatic backdrop of the Langdale Pikes and the culinary skills of CWO Sandhu and Sgt Davidson being put to the test at the end of exercise BBQ. The OC, Sqn Ldr Godden said, “This was an excellent week where the cadets performed well and completed a signifigant challenge, and is a testament to the hard work of the staff in training the cadets over the last year”.