I will tell you what we did. The Army cadets of C Company Cleveland Army Cadet Force are flying high as they have just completed their March weekend camp at Stainton camp near Barnard Castle. On the weekend of the 26th March the young Yorkshire warriors went away to prove their shooting skills were up to standard. On the agenda for the weekend was shooting, first aid, map reading, Paint ball shooting and drill.
All of the skills the cadets have learned over the past few months paid off as we saw some excellent shots. The newest recruits had been taught how to fire the No 8 rifle at their detachments and they finally got the chance to fire it at camp; some of
these cadets are only 12 ½ years old. Cadets from all over East Cleveland such as Nunthorpe, Guisborough, Redcar and Loftus to name a few have been training on Monday or Tuesdays and Thursday nights with the sole
purpose of passing their training tests at camp. I asked 12 ½ yr old Cadet Robbie Morrison from Loftus det
what he enjoyed about cadets, he said he has made so many mates at cadets from all over Cleveland and he loved being with his mates at camp, he was looking forward to getting on the range and firing the No 8 rifle. It’s clear to see the cadets enjoying themselves and it doesn’t seem very long from first joining that they form a good band of mates, this showed when the cadets were doing first aid on the manikins outside the class in
the sun. A group of about 30 cadets had assembled around the manikins on the fl oor and one at a time they showed how to resuscitate it, unfortunately one manikin died but it’s ok as the next cadet saved it.
At the end of the days training paint balling had been put on and the keen cadets where soon walking down sniper alley, they loved it. All too soon the weekend was over. It was 3pm on the Sunday and they where all shattered, but looking forward to their next camp which
is to be at Catterick and this time they get to do the real soldiering and sleep out in the fi eld. As well as the military skills taught, Cleveland ACF also teaches B-Tec qualifi cations and the Duke of Edinburgh awards, sports at a national level and adventure training. Just recently a cadet from Redcar detachment has been given the chance to go to Canada for 6 weeks with 11 others from the ACF. If your child wants to join the ACF we have detachments all over Cleveland and as far afi eld as Hartlepool or if you would like to join us as an adult, we will teach you all you need to know. All you have to do is call in at your local detachment but if you don’t know where that is then telephone Cleveland ACF on 01642 475779. You can also see what we do on the internet by looking on www. clevelandacf.co.uk.