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Find out about
ANNUAL CAMPS
with the ATC
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Every year, Air Cadets are given the opportunity to attend a Easter or Summer Camp on an operational RAF station, anywhere in the United Kingdom (click here to see where we have been in recent years). These camps last one week (normally Saturday to Saturday or Wednesday to Wednesday) with the primary purpose of letting cadets see what life is like on an RAF camp. It is also an excellent opportunity to make new friends from different squadrons and have a lot of fun! There are also Overseas Camps you can apply for.

On arriving at Air Cadet camp, the cadets are split into two or more Flights (groups), and the Camp Commandant will brief you on what to expect for the week. You will normally sleep in RAF barrack blocks (sometimes in tents), eat in the Junior Ranks Mess (also known as the Airman's Mess). You'll get to visit the various sections around the station (such as flying squadrons, Engineering, RAF Police, Medical Centre, RAF Regiment etc), as well as take part in shooting, leadership and initiative exercises, sports, orienteering and night exercises. You may well visit other nearby RAF stations.

Click here for some useful advice on eating when away on Annual Camp.

There are always opportunities for some social activities in the evening, which may involve such activities as ten-pin bowling or laserquest. There is often free time set aside for exploring a local town.

There will be drill, uniform and room inspections but these, along with all the other activities, earn points for you as an individual and for your Flight as a whole. Each camp normally finishes with awards, such as Best Cadet and Best NCO.

Each cadet at camp will normally get a flight at one of the Air Experience Flight's Tutor aircraft and being on an RAF station puts cadets in a perfect position to get opportunity flights on any other aircraft which may have a few spare seats.

Cadets can receive a Work Experience placement whilst on the camp where they see first-hand exactly what a job within the Royal Air Force involves. Each RAF Station has an Air Cadet Liaison Officer (ACLO) who will help to ensure that the camp runs smoothly and that as many opportunities are available to cadets as possible. Overall, you can expect to have a great time!

Click here to read a report on the 2005 Summer Camp at RAF Halton or here to see what we did at 2006 Summer Camp at RAF Lyneham. Alternatively click the Next button below to find out about Overseas Camps.

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In an Army Air Corps Lynx helicopter
Putting on equipment at Fire Section
Looking around a Lynx helicopter at Annual Camp
Receiving an award on  Annual Camp from the Camp Commandant
Visit to RAF Regiment Flight on camp
 
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