Are you ready for your first UK cadet’s expedition?
Joining the cadets will allow you to experience adventure that can’t be replicated in front of a TV or Xbox screen. You will have the opportunity to get down and dirty on expeditions, which are central to army cadet life. Each year, multiple expeditions are planned on a local, national and even global scale. You could be camping in the local national park, or even find yourself as far off as Kenya, interacting with local communities there.
What happens on an expedition?
Expeditions are the perfect way to combine everything you’ve learned with the army cadet forces so far, you will have a chance to show off your first aid and fieldcraft skills, skills-at-arms and camp craft. We all love our home comfort and many of us have forgotten our primal outdoor survival skills, on expedition you will learn camp craft, a back to basics skillset that gives you the knowledge of survival in environments other than your home.
You will learn what equipment is needed before setting off on an expedition as well as how to prepare your clothes and kit. What’s more you’ll learn skills you can keep for a life time including:
· How to create a safe and secure camp
· How to build and cook a meal on a fire
· How to build a latrine!
After an expedition you’ll be full of confidence due to the amazing skills you’ve acquired, not to mention the new friends and boost to your CV as expeditions count towards your Duke of Edinburgh award. Expeditions in the past have been to diverse areas such as the Himilayas, Peru and some cadets have even had the amazing experience of learning survival skills with Regular soldiers in Brunei. Each expedition has months of planning prior to your departure to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
During your expedition you’ll have the opportunity to get mock experience of fieldcraft and military knowledge, including how to apply and wear proper cam cream, working in sections and even progressing to command your own section. Fieldcraft often includes mock ambush situations, known for being one of the most adrenaline and fun filled exercises you can experience on an expedition.
During your expedition, you will be living out in nature over a number of days with the opportunity to learn the invaluable Countryside Code, you will enjoy UK army ration packs as you learn to cook over an open fire and learn valuable camp craft skills that limit the impact on the environment. You will learn:
· The safest practices for outdoor survival
· Team work
· How to create a protective shelter
This experience is great for those cadets with a real sense of adventure! Keeping safe in the great outdoors is paramount; so many cadets bring compact survival aids in case of emergency.
One of the most eagerly anticipated activities young cadets will learn is skills-at-arms, where you will be taught how handle weapons responsibly. Once you have mastered the air rifle, you will progress to become an expert in Light Support Weapons. Each activity is fully supervised by adult instructors who have been fully trained in the Regular Army. The training you will undertake includes:
· Clay shooting
· Use of rifles in fieldcraft activities
· Rifle drills
· Rifle range shooting.
Once your training is complete you will be able to pass a weapon handling test cementing what you have learned.
One of the core activities in the Army Proficiency syllabus is first aid training. Cadets must know how to contact the emergency services and have basic safety awareness that could be vital in the future. With each progression you will gain skills to equip you with a fully recognised first aid qualification. This is not only an amazing opportunity for your CV, but also useful in real life practice as you never know when an emergency situation may arise.
The cadet expedition experience is a life changing event, filling you with confidence, skills and techniques that will last a lifetime. Are you ready for the expedition of a life time? Contact us for all the cadet uniforms and kit needed to have the most memorable expedition of your life.