Army Camp - July 2013
Each Year, we take a group of Cadets from Gordon’s School CCF on Central Camp. We tend to alter the venue each year, so that we are not always returning to the same places and the Cadets don’t receive the same input from the same regular staff year after year. This time we headed down to RAF St Mawgan near Newquay in Cornwall. Although accommodated on a RAF base, it was run by the Army’s 43 (Wessex) Brigade.
The Cadets had a terrific 6 days with some fantastic weather. The first day saw them on the ranges firing the SA80 (A2) Rifle, Laser Quest 22 Rifle and the Army’s Dismounted close combat trainer (DCCT). Day two was an Adventure Training Day in Newquay on the new sport of Coasteering. We went back into the “Green Tuxedo” for a field craft on the Dunes of Penhale Camp. The following day we were back on the beaches and cliffs of Newquay with command and leadership tasks, Climbing, abseiling, Coasteering and a Tyrolean traverse.
The final days training were spent on close quarter battle drills with attacks on enemy camps. The staffs of 43 Brigade were fantastic, making every effort to deliver exciting but safe training. They were extremely knowledgeable in their fields and truly supportive. I must mention a few individuals who were truly outstanding. Firstly Ben Pfeil on the shooting day, Ben was the “top shot” for the entire three weeks at camp out of 1500 Cadets from all over the country. Josh Griggs won the most outstanding Cadets award for his efforts on the adventurous training day.
A very special mention for the CCF staff who gave up a week to mentor the Cadets: LT Col Kenyon, Capt. Dennis Robinson, LT Jane Powell and our recruit soon to be Capt. John Balmer (Late Parachute Regiment)
Wo1 P.G. Fox