Sandy cadets practice for bronze

D of E PracticeOn Friday 24th September, seven Air Cadets from 22 (Sandy) Squadron spent their weekend undertaking their practice expeditions for the bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The cadets spent the first night at RAF Brampton, where they joined cadets from other squadrons in the area. Here they spent the evening preparing for the walk the next day, filling in route cards, plotting their route and doing any last minute equipment checks.

Saturday morning the cadets were dropped off at Grafham Waters, where they set off along their routes to St. Neots, requiring the cadets to do at least three hours journeying, plus any time needed for breaks and lunch. When they reached St. Neots the campsite was set up, and the meals cooked.

On Sunday morning the cadets planned there second days route, being taken back to Grafham Waters to start their second route, this time in the cold and rain, but this did nothing to lower the moral of the teams.

Cadet Simon Parsons (15) said “The D of E practice weekend was challenging, and designed to take us out of our comfort zone, which it did. It was hard work, but it was also great fun and I was very proud with what I have achieved, and learnt. I am really looking forward to doing the final expedition”.

By Cadet Simon Parsons

22 (Sandy) Squadron Air Cadets