This year I was one of the lucky cadets that were selected to attend the Nordic Skiing expedition with Central and East Region Air Cadets.
My week began with taking a train from Loughborough to London and then getting across London using the London underground to RAF Northolt. When I arrived, it was time to meet the other cadets from around the UK, we then started our 20 hour coach trip to Zweisel in Germany. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and active week that put the. ’A’ back into Adventure Training. You get the chance to meet lots of great people and learn a new skill for life that I didn’t have before.
I would thoroughly recommend to anyone if you are given the opportunity, but be prepared to be physically and mentally challenged as you are out on the ground all day, non-stop! During the week we learnt how to cross country ski for our Bronze Langlauf Award, scaled the Grossen Arber and completed an inter-regional time trial where Regional Blues were up for grabs! The opportunity to gain a Regional Blue doesn’t come up that often so you have to do your best and push yourself to achieve the award. Central and East Region gained four Regional blues, myself gaining one of them.
This experience wouldn’t be made possible without a large staff contribution of both time and effort.
Thanks to everyone who made this experience possible.
Cadet Sergeant Andrew Norman (Aged 16)
1181 (Syston) Squadron
1181 Squadron meet on a Monday and Thursday from 7.00pm to 9.30pm and are based in the ATC hut in the grounds of Wreake Valley College. We are actively recruiting new members and any interested parties should contact Flying Officer Kenyon on [email protected]