2397 Easter Camp at St. Mawgan

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During the Easter Holidays 2397 (Devizes) Squadron took a trip down to Cornwall to stay at the RAF base of St. Mawgan from the 29th of March until the 4th of April.
 
During the week all cadets experienced different aspects of the Armed Forces due to the busy program drawn up by Sgt (ATC) Cockrem:
 
Sunday:
After a 6 hour journey in the mini-bus (due to traffic, window dilemma and Sainsbury’s stop off) the cadets got to settle into their accommodation and the Ten Tors cadets got to have a relax before card games and a brief at the Atlantic Club on base.
Monday:
Visit to RNAS Culdrose where the squadron got to find out about Sea Kings from the SAR Unit, try out the Firemen’s equipment and vehicles, take a tour around the Navigation unit’s King Air training plane, sit in the cockpit of Culdrose’s fast jet training aircraft the Hawk T1 and got to get close to the five Sea Harriers in a hanger on the base.
Tuesday:
Day at Newquay where cadets got to explore the town and eat varying lunches (from Burger King to traditional Cornish Pasties) and then complete a raft building competition in the afternoon which became a resounding victory for B Flight despite A Flight’s insistence that “HMS BAE” would carry them into the History books. 
Wednesday:
Day at the St. Mawgan Range shooting the cadet rifle L98A2 and the No. 8 bolt action rifle with a lunch break at the Nimrod Mess featuring lots of well deserved chips! This was all followed by a great night of bowling.
Thursday:
Trip to the RNLI in Padstow where cadets got to look around the new lifeboat and have an in-depth talk from volunteers about the History and the inner workings of saving lives on the sea in all weathers, 365 days a year. The afternoon of Thursday was spent with three Welsh Squadrons completing fieldcraft training and various exercises before a long awaited Wales vs. England football match…
Friday:
The morning was spent at the theme park Flambards with lots of drizzle, spins, turns, loops, hyper cadets, and of course, the trials of courage on the “Death Slide” – despite the constant drizzle all cadets enjoyed the break and in the afternoon headed back to the accommodation to pack and relax before a fish and chip supper and the Paper Plate Awards Ceremony.
Saturday:
After a long, busy but brilliant week the cadets of 2397 returned to Devizes (after a stop off at McDonalds…) exhausted but happy, and definitely looking forward to no more morning room and uniform inspections!
 
Cpl Owen
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