Ashton Cadets Have DofE Skills Day
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By GM Wing Website - Greater Manchester Wing
Cadets from 247 (Ashton-under-Lyne) Squadron have been working hard recently, trying to polish their Expedition Skills for their upcoming Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions.
On Sunday 22 June 2014, 12 cadets attended the Squadron HQ for a designated DofE Skills Day. The cadets took part in a variety of activities such as food/menu planning, back-packing & tent building. The obvious highlight of the day was lunchtime, when each cadet (mostly for the first time) cooked their own lunch on Trangias, after a demonstration from the Directing Staff.
A special thanks must go to Sergeant (ATC) John Fennah, OiC 201 (Macclesfield) Squadron for assisting with the running of the day by helping develop the cadets' navigation skills – practising map reading and taking bearings.
During the day, the cadets also had a visit from Wing DofE Officer, Flight Lieutenant Helen James RAFVR(T) who had one-to-one sessions with each cadet to help them work on their eDofE Accounts – the online system which is now used for the cadets to record their skills and evidence which will be used to help them achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
CI Steve Craig, Squadron DofE Officer said "Today, all 12 cadets have dramatically improved their outdoor skills and confidence and are now much more prepared to take start their expeditions. A huge well done to everyone for their efforts!"
Having demonstrated their skills and confidence, these cadets (only half of the squadrons' cadets currently enrolled on the Bronze DofE programme) are now ready to go 'out on the hills' and will be out in Sandiway, Nantwich in July for their Practice Expedition.