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Squadron Camps

Usually organised at a squadron or wing level, weekend camps allow more intensive training but which can fit into a weekend and, as such, does not interfere with school holidays. These camps can be on just about anything including NCO training days, orienteering exercises or long night exercises. Weekend camps can consist of multiple exercises for training and applying practical uses to your training.

Annual Camps

Every year, cadets are given the opportunity to attend a camp on an operational RAF station. These camps last one week (normally Saturday to Saturday or Wednesday to Wednesday) with the primary purpose of letting cadets see what life is like on an RAF camp. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and have a lot of fun.

On arriving at Air Cadet camp, the cadets will be split into two or more flights.

You will sleep in RAF accommodation blocks, eat at the airman's mess and visit the various sections around the station (such as squadrons, the control tower etc.), as well as take part in sports, orienteering and night exercises, quizzes, aircraft recognition competitions and any social activities which may be available.

There will be drill, uniform and room inspections but these, along with all the other activities, earn points for you as an individual and for your flight as a whole.

Each cadet at camp will normally get a flight in one of the Air Experience Flight's Bulldog or Tutor aircraft and being on an RAF station puts cadets in a perfect position to get opportunity flights on any other aircraft which may have a few spare seats.

Cadets over 16 years of age may receive a Work Experience placement whilst on the camp where they see first-hand exactly what a job within the Royal Air Force entails.

Each RAF Station has an Air Cadet Liaison Officer (ACLO) who will help to ensure that the camp runs smoothly and that as many opportunities are available to cadets as possible.

Overseas Camps

Once a cadet has attended a UK camp and has reached the age of 15 they will be able to apply for Overseas camps.

We currently run overseas camps at Gibraltar and at Akrotiri in Cyprus, with occasional camps elsewhere.

Overseas camps are typically more relaxed because of the greater experience amongst the participants. They concentrate less on drill and inspections and more on the other aspects of camp, such as gaining valuable work experience with RAF personnel, visiting local sites of historic and/or military interest.

Cadets will also get the opportunity to explore towns in the local area, such as Limassol in Cyprus.

An overseas camp is a must for all cadets, however, places are limited each year so applying for one is just the first step. You may have to fend off competition from your own squadron to get the opportunity to go to your Wing HQ for an interview. Only after this interview will you discover that you have been chosen to attend overseas camp and be the envy of your squadron!