Update on Devon & Cornwall ACF Outreach course
A day ago we featured an article on the 5 day residential course at RAF St Mawgan. We’ve just received the photos! As you can see, the 82 youngsters were put through their paces during the 5 day course and had a visit from the Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall, Col Edward Bolitho OBE
Level 1 Report from Devon & Cornwall
Five schools across Devon & Cornwall combined forces with the Cornwall Army Cadet Force Outreach Programme to run a brilliant Level 1 Course.
This is the second time the programme has run, and 14 students from the previous course returned as mentors.
The training (13-17 April) took place at RAF St Mawgan, near Newquay, Cornwall and allowed 66 young learners to gain the CVQO led BTEC Level 1 in Teamwork, Personal Skills and Citizenship.
The activities which led to the award were Adventure Training, Climbing, Expedition, Leadership Tasks, Sports, Archery, Map Reading and Heartstart.
Photo above from last year’s group.
The Outreach Programme
Outreach is a youth diversion and early-intervention crime-prevention programme suited to youngsters who have low self-esteem or low personal achievement. Participants are referred by partner organisations such as schools, social services, the local police or other youth and community groups. Participation is entirely voluntary and the youngsters can leave at any time.
Earlier this week, CVQO Chief Executive, Edward Woods had the opportunity to visit an outreach programme in Jersey run for 14-15 year old learners from Cornwall. This was the second stage of the scheme, as a result of the first stage, four young people have already joined local cadets units.
During the day, Edward was able to see some of the activities which included sand yachting, coast steering, climbing, abseiling and a tough high wire course, he said:
"During my visit, I have been so impressed by the professionalism of the Cornwall ACF staff, and the teachers helping from Cornish schools. Morale is very high and I have heard from the three senior cadets here that there has been a noticeable increase in the confidence, understanding and teamwork of the young people here. They are doing a fantastic job".
Photos to follow…