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733 Squadron Cadet Experiences Cypriot Adventure!

2014-08-05 09:56:42
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By CI Zoe Hall - 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron

One 733 (Newcastle Airport) cadet was lucky enough to spend a week in the sun this summer, on an overseas camp to RAF Troodos in Cyprus!

16th July, Birmingham Airport was the setting for Corporal Andrew Richardson, aged 16 years old, to meet the 35 other cadets and staff he would be spending the next seven days in Cyprus with. The camp consisted of cadets from both North and Scotland & NI Region, providing an excellent opportunity to spend time with cadets from other parts of the UK. They boarded the plane that took them to Paphos International Airport and arrived safely in Cyprus, ready for the week that awaited them.

Overseas camps are some of the most sought after camp places in the ACO. Despite being overseas, many of the traditional UK camp activities still remain. To get acquainted with their surroundings for the next week, the camp underwent a familiarisation exercise on base. This left many of the cadets surprised to learn that RAF Troodos is the home of the British National Space Centre Starbrook wide-field telescope, which aids the work of the European Space Agency.

But as expected with an overseas camp, Corporal Richardson’s week in Cyprus included some activities not commonly included in the programme on the average UK camp! After a quick visit to the on base swimming pool to complete basic swimming proficiencies, the cadets enjoyed numerous water related activities, such as water skiing, scuba diving and a trip to nearby ‘Water World’. One visit which caused much amusement was the trip to the ‘Banana Boating’ Club, with cadets competing to see who could stay on their banana boat the longest … although none of the were very successful! These were complimented with activities such as rock climbing and sight-seeing, all making the most of the Cypriot sunshine!

Corporal Richardson stated that: “The opportunity to go overseas this year for a camp was fantastic! The activities offered to me and the other cadets attending were amazing and tested us while being incredibly enjoyable and satisfying. The camp had its moments of relaxation on the hot beaches between the adrenaline fuelled activities such as water skiing and scuba diving. This camp was the most enjoyable I have been on during my time in the Air Cadets and an experience I would recommend to everyone.”

On the final night of camp, the cadets were treated to a boat party from a harbour in Paphos, a nearby city. On board, their entertainment included live music and even an acrobatic display!

733 Squadron Officer Commanding, Flight Lieutenant John Sheedy, commented on Andrew’s experience: “The opportunity for cadets to go on overseas camps is one that is not very common. Therefore it was very pleasing to see Andrew get selected to attend the camp at Troodos. It is one that he quite clearly thoroughly enjoyed and it is an opportunity that all cadets should take advantage of should they get the chance.”

733 Squadron prides itself on providing a wide range of opportunities to cadets from the local area, with activities such as flying, gliding and shooting complementing schemes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, BTEC qualifications and the Youth First Aid Award to name but a few. The Squadron Parades on Monday and Friday nights at Kingston Park TA Centre. Visit www.733sqn.co.uk for more information or email 733@aircadets.org.

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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