YOUNGSTERS have returned from a fortnight of fun where outdoor activities built up their practical skills.
Army cadets from north-west London who attended the annual training camp in Brecon Beacons in Wales participated in clay target shooting, kayaking, obstacle courses, high ropes training, paintball and first aid training.
Of course, military skills were also on the agenda as part of a programme designed to challenge the teenagers both mentally and physically.
Colonel Mark Hodson, Commandant of the Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force, said: “Over 500 teenage Army Cadets from north and west London have enjoyed a real opportunity to develop personally and hone their skills in the Welsh countryside.
“It’s been a really excellent two weeks camp, with a varied programme of activities which fully engaged the interest of our cadets and staff.
“The camp is the culmination of a lot of hard work throughout the year. Looking after all of these young people is a challenging task and I am really very grateful to all my adult volunteers who give up their time so generously for our future citizens.”
Cadet Corporal Oliver Devlin, 16, of Stanmore, was one of a number of youngsters to complete the prestigious Senior Cadet Instructors Course run by the attached regular Army staff.
The Salvatorian College pupil has been a cadet for four years at the 211 Edgware (Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment) based at the TA Centre in Deansbrook Road, Edgware.
He said: “I’ve learned a lot from this course and most enjoyed the lesson practice and the field exercise. We’ve had some great fun too.”
Cadet Corporal Travis Allopi, 18, of Rayners Lane, and Cadet Corporal Joseph Valadao, 18, of Northolt – both members of 201 Harrow (Royal Army Medical Corps) based at Cadet Centre, Elmgrove Road, Harrow – qualified from the same course with the latter winning the Cadets’ Cadet award voted for by his peers.
College student Joseph, who has been a cadet for three years and wants to join the Army, said: “What I learned most was about how to teach a good lesson to other cadets. I enjoyed the fieldcraft most of all.”
Travis attends West Herts College in Watford and plans a career in the Royal Marines. He said: “If anyone asked me about the course. I’d say go for it. I enjoyed all of it and learned most about leadership and teaching skills.”
Other local detachments who sent cadets were 205 Wembley (Parachute Regt) based at Cadet Centre, Harrow Road, Wembley; 208 Willesden (Royal Regt of Fusiliers) based at Cadet Centre, Pound Lane, Willesden; 209 Newman Catholic College (Grenadier Guards) based at Newman Catholic College, Harlesden Road, Willesden, and 215 Kingsbury (Royal Engineers) based at TA Centre, Honeypot Lane, Kingsbury.
* The Army Cadet Force is looking to recruit suitable adult leaders, particularly for the central London area. For information see www.armycadets.com.