How 50 cadets turned Summer Camp activities into a valuable qualification!
At Beckingham Camp last summer Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force enrolled 50 cadets on the CVQO-led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship programme. This had been made possible thanks to funding from the Thomas Howells Education Fund for North Wales.
The cadets took part in various activities designed to help them develop as citizens, improve their personal fitness and learn about maintaining health and wellbeing. It also taught them about self-reliance, communication skills and how to work effectively with others. The activities included adventure training, canoeing, climbing and a field exercise where they made their own shelters, cooked their own food, and learnt how to patrol.
The cadets practised teamwork skills throughout the programme, whether it was helping each other with camouflage or working together to complete a command task.
The programme was a great success with Lord Barry Jones visiting and speaking to the cadets. (photo above). On the last day of camp Brigadier Napier from 160 Brigade attended the final parade and presented them with their certificates. (see top photo)
One cadet described the experience as:
“One of my best moments on annual camp and in cadets”.
Who Trains the Trainers?
Durham ACF conducted a train the trainer event for new and existing BTEC tutors and senior cadets who will be working as Assisting Directing Staff (ADS). The course was delivered by CVQO’s Martin Passmore to 10 cadet force adult volunteers (CFAV) and five senior cadets.
Durham ACF County VQ Officer, SMI William Oliver said:
“The evening was thought provoking and a huge success in preparation for our BTEC residential event 1-3 November 2013 at Otterburn Camp, Northumberland. As County VQ Officer it has always been my aim to invite senior cadets that have previously completed the award to act as Assisting Directing Staff (ADS), assisting the Company BTEC Officers and instructors. The cadets in previous years have always been a massive help to our residential events.”
Group photo above;
Front row L-R: Cadet CSM Kristen Butters, AUO Sara Clark, Lt Patrick McGough, SSI Stacey Lannon, Martin Passmore - CVQO, SMI William Oliver - County VQ Officer, Lt Tracy Collier, Lt Karen Marshall and SI Christopher Bolton.
Back row L-R: SI Matthew Roberts, Cpl Jay DeSousa, Sgt Craig Mounter, Cpl Ethan Okai, SI Kristopher Dods, SI David Smith and Cpl Harriett Weston-Harris.
K2D - Result of the Kent to Devon fundraising cycle ride
The photos above show WOII Steve Drewery at Okehampton camp for the presentation of the CVQO led BTEC L1 certificates that his fundraising supported.
A job well done! You can read more of the backstory on this on this link.
Read and hear the latest news on the joint CVQO and Southampton Solent University initiative bringing the Career Coach to annual camps!
Albizia Camp and the snake talk!
Camp is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding nature in which you are immersed. Bush babies, spiders, vervet monkeys and an array of more miniature visitors do their best to make you feel welcome and while the beds offer some form of a refuge, you cannot expect the same politeness in the showers (although there is a ready supply of warm water). When not out exploring or sleeping you will most likely make your way to the Lapa which sits in the trees like an oasis in a desert, and is twice as refreshing. If it weren’t for the experience to be had further afield, it would be easy to stay in with the brilliant food and entertainment which is found there.
With the snake talk, the first thing you need to bare in mind is not to trust any case or bucket, for just below the lid may lie one of the most dangerous snakes in the country. The next thing is to keep your distance from the handlers before they pass it to you! (especially Carl who is only 10!)
The range of slithery specimens, and creepy critters is enough to make anyone’s spine crawl, but is definitely not something to miss. I’d go as far as to say that it should be compulsory for those with a phobia, as a cuddle with Bob and Fluffy (the resident Boas) is enough of a cure.
Monday 15 July - South Africa Update
Up close and personal … environmental awareness course gets underway at Albizia Camp
Cadets have settled into Albizia camp at Umkhumbi Lodge and begun their Environmental Awareness Course (EAC). The content of the EAC will include: Flora & fauna, mammals, reptiles, snakes, rudimentary medicine, spoors, tracking and anatomy. The course will be carried out in and around this special part of South Africa.
The cadets got to grips (or was the boa getting to grips with them?!) with an introduction to reptiles, snakes, scorpions and spiders.
Gil Singeton will be attending the LASER ATC Band Training Weekend this week at Crowborough Camp. Stop by and say hello!