Summer Camp – RAF Valley

On Saturday 4th August eight cadets from 966 Wallingford went to RAF Valley, Anglesey for the annual summer camp. The cadets that went all agreed that it was one of the best summer camps the Thames Valley Wing has organised.

The week consisted of numerous visits to different parts of a working RAF Station and visits to nearby areas in Anglesey to learn new skills. The camp gave the cadets a feel of what it would be like to live and possibly work on a fully functioning RAF base. 

Around fifty cadets from different squadrons in the Thames Valley Wing attended allowing the cadets to meet other people with similar interest. More than half of the cadets that attended had never been on a camp before and a lot of them left eager to sign up for the next one.

 The activities and visits varied from visits to search and rescue, air traffic control and the fire department to activities such as high ropes course, go carting, shooting, beach visits and swimming qualifications. Some lucky cadets were able to use the Hawk domed simulator which allows training jet pilots to take to the sky and practice drills before using the really thing. There were also lots of opportunities to look around aircraft including Hawks T1’s, T2’s and Sea Kings. During the visit some cadets had a go on a mock up search and rescue winch and many of the girls eagerly looked out for Prince William who is currently based at RAF Valley.

By the end of the week everyone was exhausted but had a very rewarding and memorable week.

Cdt Farrand