Over the Easter holidays a group of 17 cadets undertook a testing survival course in the wilds of Scotland.
Our twelfth annual Scottish exploit, Exercise Northern Jacobite Venturer is an ambitious multi-activity week designed to give cadets from CCF a chance to contribute to their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Based at Garelochhead Training Camp in Helensburgh, groups from Year 10 through to Upper Sixth took part in a range of expeditions and activities according to age and experience. The sixth form group completed a five-day expedition while younger cadets stayed closer to base.
Some senior cadets undertook a range of survival and military training challenges including a 38km march, grade three winter route on Aonach Mor and indoor ice climbing master class to boost their technical skills. Activities also covered learning to live out of a minibus – and producing fresh, restaurant standard food on traditional trangias.
Two cadets completed winter mountaineering journeys and climbs, five achieved a Gold platform for Duke of Edinburgh training, four bagged a second Duke of Edinburgh expedition practice and seven pupils successfully completed preparation for their Silver assessment. Five adults were also given updates and best practice training from mountain instructors and the group’s attached doctor.
Expedition leader, CCF Lt Col Darren Richmond, said “Expeditioning in wild areas of Scotland certainly exceeds the requirements of the DofE Awards and cadet syllabus and this year lived up to its reputation with rain, wind, snow, sub-zero campsites and a start and finish with blue skies and snowy mountain tops. The expedition is made possible using highly qualified and experienced instructors thanks to the generosity of the Ulysses Trust, a charity which provides funding assistance to challenging expeditions and adventurous activities involving members of the UK Volunteer Reserve Forces and Cadet Forces.”