Camps and Courses
Every year, cadets are given the opportunity to attend a camp on an operational RAF station. These camps last for a week (normally Saturday to Saturday) with the aim of letting cadets see what life is like in the RAF. It is also probably the best opportunity that you will get within cadets to make new friends outside of your own squadron and to have shed loads of fun!
You will sleep in RAF accommodation blocks or tents, eat in the airman's mess and visit various sections around the station (such as operational squadrons, the control tower, the fire section etc.), as well as take part in a range of cadet activities as well as any social activities which may be available, for example the party that is normally held on the last night.
Each cadet at camp will also normally get a flight in 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.
Once a cadet has attended a UK camp and is 16 or older they will be eligible for Overseas camps.
The ATC currently runs overseas camps in Germany, RAF Gibraltar and RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus.
Overseas camps tend to be more relaxed because of the greater experience amongst the participants. They concentrate less on drill and inspections and more on the other aspects of camp, such as gaining work experience with RAF personnel and visiting local sites of historic and/or military interest. Cadets also get the opportunity to explore local towns, such as Limassol in Cyprus. An overseas camp is an opportunity not to be missed, however, places are limited.
International Air Cadet Exchange
The International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) links the Air Cadets with the world. For 15 days every July and August we exchange students so each gets a taste of the other's culture and another great cadet experience. Places are limited, and if you're aged between 17 and 19 you'll need to apply as soon as the scheme allows to be in with a chance - you can find out more from your instructors.
The first exchange was in 1947 between the UK and the Canadian Air Cadets. The world-wide cadet family now comprises more than 20 nations, with around 600 cadets/volunteer staff exchanging annually. About 90 of those are from the UK, who head off to about 15 different countries around the world. English is used as the common language.
Leadership is a very important element of the ATC. Cadets are encouraged to develop their leadership skills, and through the rank system are progressively given more responsibility.
To aid this development, the Wing offer courses at both Junior and Senior NCO level to improve leadership and personal skills which will be useful in both cadet, forces and civilian life.
A physically demanding but exceedingly rewarding course held at RAF Cranwell involving both CCF(RAF) cadets and cadets from the Air Training Corps. The course lasts for 7 days with the aim of developing and honing your leadership skills and normally will take place during the first 4 weeks of the summer holidays. You are not expected to be a Winston Churchill or Montgomery or even a Phil Vickery. The staff aim is to improve the skills that are inherent in everyone. Without a doubt you will be a more confident and responsible cadet by the end of the course and you will have learnt the full benefits of working in a team either as a leader or team member.
Each July the Army Cadet Force (ACF) runs 3 one-week leadership courses for male and female cadets from the ACE, ATC, CCF and SCC at their Cadet Training Centre near Camberley, Surrey. Each year the best ATC or CCF (RAF) cadet completing the course will be awarded the Kriegie Trophy. The aim of the course is to develop initiative and self-reliance and to exercise cadets in the problems of practical leadership.
Nesscliff Cadet Leadership Course
These courses are run by HQ 143 (WM) Bde on behalf of HQ Land Forces, and are aimed at high-calibre Cadet NCOs who have not attended a cadet leadership course before. Successful completion results in the award of the Air Cadet Leadership Badge and may be counted towards the BTEC/NVQ and DEA schemes.
Once cadets have taken part in the wide range of activities on offer, there are 2 further courses on offer to senior cadets, both with separate foci thus allowing cadets to specialize. The courses also provide cadets with qualifications widely recognised in the civilian world.
These courses, are for many, the highlight of their cadet career.
The Junior Leaders Course syllabus moves beyond the Leadership Courses at CTC Frimley, Nesscliffe and RAFC Cranwell and is aimed at senior cadets with a desire and ability to develop advanced leadership skills and challenge themselves personally. The Course requires candidates to learn new skills at an intensive pace and demonstrate their ability to be robust both physically and mentally in a challenging environment.
If the cadets complete the course successfully, they are awarded an Institute of Leadership and Management Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading.
The Squadron is proud to have had a number of its cadets complete the Junior Leaders course.
Qualified Aerospace Instructor
The Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course (QAIC) aims to deliver an exciting programme of aerospace related activities for senior cadets. The course will take place over a series of weekends from September to March each year, culminating in a week long graduation camp. All of these weekends will be based at the Regional Activity Centres at RAF Linton-on-Ouse or MoD Boscombe Down. Cadets who successfully complete QAIC will be designated as Qualified Aerospace Instructors (QAI’s) and be presented with the coveted QAI badge and blue lanyard. Additionally on successful completion of workbooks, students will be awarded a Level 2 ILM Certificate in Team Working.