Quintet of cadets take on challenge

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FIVE driven air cadets have taken their skills to their next level by completing in a series of adventurous contests.

The youngsters from Longbenton Air Cadets competed against 35 other squadrons from around the region at the annual Adventure Training Challenge.

The cadets – Flight Sergeant Stephanie Robson, 19, Corporal Georgina Cassidy, 18, Corporal James Nealings, 16, Cadet Sam Inns, 16, and leader Flight Sergeant Daniel Dotchin, 17 – learnt different skills throughout the year as part of the squadron’s ‘Venture Adventure Programme’.

They were put through their paces at Hawkhirst Scout Camp, near Kielder.

Navigational skills were put to the test with the team required to successfully navigate a 20km trek, attaining marks for the accuracy and planning rather than speed; taking part in a challenging first aid scenario at the end of the trek.

After a night’s camping in changeable weather, the cadets tackled a round-robin phase featuring a cycle through a mountain bike skills test, an archery shoot-out, a tough orienteering course, and a exhausting canoe exercise.

Daniel said: “It was a very tough weekend but very enjoyable – the mountain biking was excellent and canoeing great fun – we’ve never laughed so much.

“We were really pleased that we picked up full marks for our navigation and orienteering too.”

Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson added: “Adventure Training provides our young people with the opportunity to utilise their communication, campcraft, and navigational skills in a challenging environment.

“The cadets worked very well as a team with their self-confidence and their self-esteem also being developed.”

For more information about Longbenton Squadron visit www.2344.org.uk