Adventure Training covers a wide range of activities, however; these should not be confused with Fieldcraft activities. Adventure Training, or AT, includes expeditions, day walks, overnight camps, skiing, Road Marching, Rock Climbing, Self Defence, Canoeing, Cadet Leadership Courses and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Each of these activities will require a certain level of training and supervision, which is carried out by qualified personnel for each specific activity. Cadets participating in many of these activities will also be abe to gain nationally recognised qualifications.
Expeditions & Walking
Cadets taking part in expeditions will be trained in map reading, use of a compass, basic first aid and other health and safety matter. Day walks can be used to practice for two or three day expeditions or for those with little or no previous experience. The main advantage of day walks are that cadets will need to carry less equipment such as tents, no sleeping equipment, less food and clothing meaning that backpacks will therefore be smaller and lighter. Cadets can gain National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) qualifications through the Air Cadet Organisation.
There are several skiing opportunities within the Air Cadet Organisation ranging from Alpine Downhill to Nordic Cross-country skiing. These will be overseas trips, however; they are not classed as camps and take place in Germany and Austria. The trips comprise of a week's training on snow and include all transport, equipment hire, lift passes, insurance, food and accomodation.
For more information, you can ask for details on the "Alpine Adventure" and "Snow-Eagle" ski trips at the Squadron.
Rock Climbing is a popular AT activity as it can be carried out at indoor climbing centres, on purpose built walls and in wild country depending on experience. Cadets can gain Mountain Training United Kingdom (MTUK) Climbing wall awards.
Canoeing can either be done through specific canoe training weekends and courses or as part of an ATex activity at local or specialised centres throughout the UK. Cadets will be taugt the basic canoe concepts, health and safety and about canoeing equipment by appropriately qualified British Canoeing UK certification holders. Cadets will be able to obtain their own BCUK awards depending on their ability.
There are a number of Road Marching courses and events in the UK and Europe that the Air Cadets participate in. Training weekends prepare cadets for 10Km, 20Km and 40Km day marches and further experience alows them to attend multi-day events. The RAF Walking and Road Marching Association (WARMA) holds events at RAF Cosford and also cadets can participate in the Nijmegen and Arnham Airborne Marches in the Netherlands. Cadets receive medals for completing these activities.
Cadet Leadership Courses
There are three sets of Cadet Leadership Courses, which are aimed at 16 and 17 year olds. Each course lasts a week and ends with the award of the Cadet Leadership Badge if completed. The Army Cadet Force (ACF) runs three courses over the Easter period at Nesscliff in Shropshire and three courses in July at Frimley Park in Surrey. The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) runs an Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF Cranwell each July which is open to air cadets from both the CCF and the ATC.