At the end of October, nearly half of 878 (Highworth) Squadron spent the weekend to the South West Regional Activities Centre near Salisbury, for an adventurous weekend full of team building and vital skills training for brand new and senior cadets alike.
The weekend saw our newly recruited cadets (mentored by senior cadets), taught Drill, gain life-saving qualifications through the British Heart foundation HeartStart initiative, as well as progressing through the first stage in their Leadership training. All this training will set them in good stead for their careers both in and out of the RAF Air Cadets.
The ‘non-commissioned officer’ cadets (NCOs) of the squadron experienced a number of theoretical and practical advanced leadership activities, tailored to improve the team spirit and reflect on themselves as a team member. Everything they learned was put to the test when they were given one hour to work their way out of a modern ‘Escape Room’ at Live Escape in Salisbury on the final day.
During the weekend, all cadets were able to also take part in Archery, and learn Aerospace skills on the Squadron’s virtual reality flight simulator.
For everyone, it was a hugely packed and fun learning experience; for some it was a good opportunity to experience life on a military establishment for the first time, sleeping in barracks and eating in the mess.
Cadet Warrant Officer Joseph Chapman (18)