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Adventure Training Challenge

2014-10-23 15:16:56
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By Cadet A Shanley - 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron

Where would you get the opportunity to take part in archery, first aid, hiking, orienteering, mountain biking and camping all in one weekend? For five 733 (Newcastle Airport) Squadron cadets, the answer last weekend was the annual Adventure Training Challenge!

The Adventure Training (AT) Challenge is an annual wing event which involves squadrons competing in various AT activities over the course of the weekend. This year, twenty two squadrons from around Durham/Northumberland wing went head to head to compete for the coveted AT Challenge trophy.

Cadet Corporal Somerville was one of the lucky five, commented on her experience: “Participating in the Adventure Training challenge was a new and challenging experience. It was a packed weekend with lots of activities to take part in and it allowed our team to meet other cadets from around the wing.”

On the first day of the challenge, cadets took part in a five hour hike, which challenged their navigating and map reading skills. A chilled out night was therefore well deserved, and the cadets participated in several games of football. Refreshed after a good night’s sleep, on the second day the cadets were keen to get up for another adventurous day. A first aid simulation task was the first activity of the day. Orienteering was the next challenge of the day, where the cadets’ navigation skills were tested further. Our cadets performed exceptionally well on this challenge, scoring the maximum of 20 points. Mountain biking and archery formed the remainder of the second day.

CWO Mckeen, who lead the team of five, represented the squadron in the archery competition. “Out of the 5 cadets in my team, I was nominated to complete the archery part of the competition. I was really nervous as it was the first time I had ever used a bow and arrow, and as a result, I felt under pressure to do the team proud. The overall weekend was a success and I am so happy with the effort my team put in.” 

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. For more information email

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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