RAF cadets put skills to the test

Cadets from 47F Grantham Squadron enjoyed an activty-filled weekend.
Cadets from 47F Grantham Squadron enjoyed an activty-filled weekend.
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RAF cadets with Grantham’s 47F Squadron Air Training Corps got the chance to put their practical skills to the test during a weekend at North Luffenham and Rutland Water.

A total of 40 youngsters and staff set up their tents at St George’s barracks on the former RAF station’s disused airfield on Friday evening before spending Saturday preparing, learning and practising the skills needed for the night exercise.

On Sunday, the day was spent at Rutland Water. During the morning the whole squadron completed an 18-mile cycle ride around Rutland Water and in the afternoon their skills were put to the test in building their own rafts from barrels, planks and rope before launching their creations across a 400m stretch of water. Most spent the majority of the time in the water but some of the more experienced cadets managed to successfully sail their raft to the opposite shore and back again.

Officer Commanding 47F Gary Allen said: “Although the weather was colder than anticipated, all returned home safely but exhausted.”

The squadron has further camps planned for the rest of the year.