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Summer Camp Report
by Cadet McNish and Cadet Punter
Up at 0600 hrs to be ready for 0700 hrs to go down for breakfast – oh my god it's early!
Got changed into best blues for a short service at the RAF church on camp– it was only fifteen minutes!
Marched back to the barrack blocks where we got changed into civvies
Went to Oxford (local town) to go shopping for the afternoon, and spent the afternoon in the lovely hot sunshine!
Went back to RAF halton and had dinner at the Mess
Went to the station swimming pool in the evening. Most cadets gained RAF Swimming Proficiency certificates (basic, intermediate or advanced)
Up at 0600 hrs – still early…
Got dressed into working blues
Some cadets went flying in a Grob Tutor at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire
Others experienced the SAT range using the SA-80 rifle – cool!
After dinner got changed into DPM uniform, to do the night exercise on the other side of the base with the RAF Regiment.
Up at 0600 hrs – why do we get up this early??!!
Got changed into DPM's, and after breakfast went orienteering in the woods behind the camp.
Some cadets went flying at RAF Benson, whilst others practiced for the drill competition.
After dinner, A and B flight did their weapons handling test (WHT's)
C and D flights did PT with the Camp Warrant Officer .
Role call at 2200 hrs
Lights out 2230 hrs
Up at 0600 hrs…and I think I'm awake…
After breakfast at the Mess, went to the station gym in sports kit.
Had lunch in the mess
Visited the Recruit Training Squadron on base, and various sections.
Had presentation about the history of RAF Halton
Went to dinner at the Mess
Flights C and D did their WHT's
Flights A and B did PT with the Camp Warrant Officer
Lights out 2230 hrs after role call
Up at 0600 hrs – ugh! Why are there two six o'clocks in one day??
After breakfast we went to have the camp photo on the parade square, in front of a Tornado in best blues.
Went back and got changed into DPM's for a day's shooting on the station ranges, both on .22 Lee Enfield's and 5.56 L98's. Several Canvey cadets qualified for their Marksman badges!
We also did some leadership and initiative exercises, whilst we were waiting to shoot.
After dinner we went to the Airmans Command Squadron and the did low ropes exercise (mini assault course) - this was great!
Up at 0600 hrs…
We had the camp Drill competition, which was marked by one of the immaculately-dresed RAF Drill Instructor corporals, who said that our drill was of a very high standard.
Afterwards we went flying again at RAF Benson!
Once we had all returned to RAF Halton, the Final Parade was held, and the Camp Commandant presented awards for Best Cadet, Best NCO, Best Flight etc.
After dinner in the Mess - Camp Disco ! What a laugh that was, everyone was up and dancing having a great time!
Got up at 0700 hrs – a lie in…sort of!
After breakfast in the Mess, got issued our duties for cleaning the barrack blocks.
After we finished that we messed about having a laugh with our new mates we had made from all the different squadrons,whilst we waited for the coach to take us back home to Canvey Island !