966 (Wallingford) Cadets Hupe, Why and Payne joined Newbury in a joint fieldcraft exercise at Bramley training area lasting 4 days. During the 4 days, the cadets had to overcome different challenges like camping out in bivvys and cooking on hexamine. Cadets were also given training on reconnaissance, ops (building a shelter, hiding and spying on the enemy) contact drills and navigation by the staff of various squadrons. They were then given opportunities to test these new skills in 2 night exercises on Saturday and Sunday. All the cadets said they thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and would encourage others to come to any future fieldcraft exercises.
Seven of us who were participating for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award went to Bramley Training Area in Hampshire to practice for our main expedition. We stayed for two nights camping in a field and spent the days hiking and learning key skills for our expedition. This included first aid, navigation and team work. On our hike we planned our own routes and made certain checkpoints. Also we cooked our own food, for example frankfurters and pasta, and ate lots of haribo to keep our morale up! Over all, we had a great time and hope the assessment will be just as enjoyable and fun!