Going further afield
A major feature of the RAF Air Cadets experience is the various residential camps on offer - from Station Camps to Shooting Camps, we have it all. Whatever your interests, there should be something for you. They are generally from Saturday to Saturday and take place not only over the summr but also at Easter and the three school half-term holidays. Let's have a brief rundown of what is on offer.
Station Camps, also known as Blues camps, offer the opportunity to see the everyday life of RAF personnel not only in the UK but overseas at bases in Cyprus, Germany and Gibraltar. You will spend a week or son on an active RAF base and get visits to some of its various elements. You will get to see and speak with real personnel in their day-to-day roles. You might even find a role you want to pursue!
Throughout the year there are opportunities for you to go on camps solely focused on adventure training. They take place in England, Wales or Scotland and include activities such as hiking, mountain biking, water sports, hill walking, climbing and more. AT is also amongst the activities that are available on the Multi-Activity Camp (MAC) laid on by our own Wing very Summer.
If there is one particular area of the cadet syllabus you really enjoy, there will almost certainly be a specialist camp for it aimed at helping you develop your skills in that subject. There are camps for: Aerospace; Cyber; Drill and Ceremonial; Leadership; Music; Parachuting; Shooting; and STEM (science technology, engineering and maths). Often you can gain recognised qualifications from these specialist camps, e.g successful attendance at a STEM Camp would gain you a silver Crest Award.