Adventurous Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet’s training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters – you’ll build new friendships, and learn to rely on the other people you’re with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.
Remember, whatever your personal tastes, nothing is compulsory. There is a wide range of adventurous activities to get stuck into, so if climbing isn’t for you perhaps canoeing is. Sometimes what’s on offer depends on the squadron you attend, but everything you do is supervised by qualified trainers who will ensure you get the most out of it.
Between local activities and visits to camps, you will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, caving, mountain biking, offshore sailing and winter sports to name just a few.
If you have a head for heights, climbing can be incredibly rewarding, just ask anyone who’s tried it. It’s not just a physical challenge but one where concentration and judgment are equally important. Teamwork is also key as you rely on others and they rely on you. All cadet climbing is supervised by professionally qualified instructors, so you’re in safe hands.
We’re sure you’ve got it by now, but Air Cadets is not about taking it easy – it’s about seeing what you’re made of.
Camps get you out and about and give you a taste of what RAF personnel experience. They’re also some of the most enjoyable and memorable things you’ll do. Usually based around adventurous activities (especially fieldcraft), this is where you take control of your new abilities and put them to the test.
The International Air Cadet Exchange
The International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) links the Air Cadets with the world. For 15 days every July and August we exchange students so each gets a taste of the other’s culture and another great cadet experience. Places are limited, and if you’re aged between 17 and 19 you’ll need to apply as soon as the scheme allows to be in with a chance – you can find out more from your instructors