From Barry Buddon down to Beckingham

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OVER 350 cadets, adult instructors and officers from Angus and Dundee Battalion, Army Cadet Force – including cadets from Forfar and Kirriemuir – recently embarked on a journey southwards to Beckingham Training Camp in Lincolnshire.

The first week saw cadets aged from 12 to 18 years old attending their two-week annual camp for revision and assessments in order for them to pass their relevant star boards.

The second week saw cadets attend Tallington Lakes in Lincolnshire. The cadets took part in numerous adventure training activities, such as climbing walls, leadership orientated command tasks and showing off their skiing abilities on a dry ski slope.

Activities on the lakes included, zorbing (walking on water inside a giant ball), raft building and riding on a speeding ‘banana’ boat. Everyone, including the adults, had a great time.

One of the biggest outside attractions for the cadets was a trip to Alton Towers.

Other aspects of the camp included Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

‘In camp’ activities included numerous ball games and the opportunity for the cadets to use the new 120-foot inflatable assault cours - an absolute winner with both cadets and adults, including Colonel Andrew Cassidy, the Commanding Officer.

Competitions were high on the agenda. ‘A’ Company won the Endeavour Shield for overcoming adversity as well as the sports trophy.

There was a close fought drill competition which was won by C Squadron for the second year running.

A two-week billet competition was won by B Company, along with The George Grant Trophy, making B Company the champion company for the second year in a row.

There were many awards and promotions presented to cadets.