Enjoy being in the outdoors? Then take a look at the ATC’s adventure training syllabus. From walking and camping to kayaking and canoeing there are loads of activities on offer. You could also find yourself travelling far and wide on one of the ATC organised expeditions or adventure training camps.
Taking part in adventure training is a great way to prepare for your Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. The staff will teach you the right way to use a map and compass and how to be self-sufficient for a number of days. Don’t worry about your fitness too much as you will have plenty of time to practice before your full expedition.
Safe and structured
To ensure all participants have a fun yet safe experience all adventure training activities go through rigorous planning and preparation. Staff members also undergo training courses to ensure the training they are delivering is both safe and up to date. If you are interested in developing qualifications in adventure training the ATC can offer help in gaining the Mountain Leader (ML) award or Basic Expedition Leaders Award (BEL) to name a few. All staff leading adventure training activities must also hold a valid first aid certificate.
As a cadet you can try your hand at hill walking, kayaking, canoeing, climbing and skiing to name but a few. These may vary depending on the qualified staff available at your local Squadron or Wing.
Visit faraway places
The Air Training Corps also has two dedicated adventure training centres. Cadets can visit these centres in the Lake District or North Wales for a week to take part in challenging activities. Activities can range from hill walking, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing to name but a few – it all depends on the staff that are there. These camps provide an excellent opportunity to meet other cadets who also have an interest in the outdoors.
Some cadets are lucky enough to take part in expeditions overseas. Previous expeditions have included trips to Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro and even trek to one of the Everest base camps. These camps are often run nationally so give you the opportunity to meet cadets from all over the UK.
If you want to find out more about road marching speak with a member of Squadron staff who will be able to provide you with the details how when and how to get involved in training sessions.The ATC also participates in road marching, with teams from all around the United Kingdom training all year round in preparation for the Nijmegen marches in Holland. Cadets from Thames Valley Wing take in weekend training sessions and qualifying marches so as to be able to attend the Nijmegen march. The training involved in preparing for marching help to improve your stamina, health and teamwork skills. Taking part in road marching is also a fantastic way to make new friends.
Take it further
If you are interested in finding out more about the adventure training opportunities available on your Squadron speak to a member of staff for more information.