Combined Cadet Force | Posted 20.04.2016

CCF Easter Adventure Training and NCO Cadre camp

The CCF once again deployed on its annual Easter Adventure Training and NCO Cadre camp to Warcop Training Camp, Appleby in Westmorland, Cumbria. The Adventure Training is run for first year cadets from Grammar.

The week commenced with a challenging walk in the Upper Eden Valley, taking in some spectacular scenery which was particularly enhanced by the excellent weather conditions. The rest of the week continued with a rotation of activities; these included climbing and abseiling in and around Borrowdale, Keswick with some time spent at the excellent climbing wall near Castlerigg. Cadets also enjoyed sailing and kayaking on Derwent Water, mountain biking over some very extensive and challenging routes around Whinlatter Forest Trails, and caving in the Yorkshire Dales.

The NCO Cadre honed their military skills on the training area of Warcop. These involved Section Battle Drills, TIBUA (Training in Built up Areas), Harbour Drills, CQB (Close Quarter Battle) lanes, Patrolling, Signals and Ambush Drills. These skills were then put into practice for the 48 hour exercise involving two nights out under ‘Bashas,’ working from their Harbour Area. This is a full and demanding week for the Cadre and once again all who participated did so with typical Stonyhurst grit and determination.

Thanks to Lt Col Jonny Lighten, Deputy Regimental Secretary of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who visited and accompanied the Adventure Training Cadets on the walking day. Thanks also to Father Twist for kindly coming up to say Mass on the Sunday, and to the Headmaster who took time out from his busy schedule to see the cadets at their activities.

A most rewarding and successful week was had by all.

Lt. Col. A. Barber