Our senior cadets attended this year’s cadet central camp at Okehampton. In a packed week of activities the cadets were completely prepared mentally and physically for a challenging week.

Day 1 was the Contingent day, so we took the time to square away any admin difficulties and had a relaxing day at Lydford Car Park that leads on Dartmoor, prior to practicing our weapon handling skills in the afternoon.

Day 2 we deployed for exercise, the day started with the cadets practicing and undertaking a section attack with blank ammunition to really add to the reality of training. Moving onto admin in the field as the second stand, they revised basher building and using their ration pack. The final stand looked at signals and communications, going from the phonetic alphabet to erecting signal masts, which resulted in the cadets completing their basic signals badge. In a long day of training the cadets eventually settled for dinner before going out to participate in an ambush.

Being guided in the ambush by the section commanders, the cadets had the opportunity to put down a large amount of ammunition when conducting their ambush.

Day 3 was our ranges day, the cadets took part in a series of stands. They had the opportunity to use the cadet scorpion air rifle, the cadet general purpose rifle and observe the Light Support Weapon fire. This was supplemented with other stands including Archery and Foreign and Historic weapons that was conducted by our very own 2Lt Jessup.

Day 4 the team was split and took part in the Wyvern Challenge alongside Warminster School. Undertaking 8 different challenges Lance Corporal Smith and Cadet Duce demonstrated brilliance at the grenade range and Close Quarters Battle simulation, scoring very highly in both challenges. Lance Corporal’s Bradbeer, Butt and Cannings were very good using the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer. Although Lance Corporal Butt sacrificed his grouping due to not being very good at counting his rounds!

Day 5 was our Adventure Training Day, the cadets and staff took part in Archery, a high ropes course, raft building and windsurfing. The cadets as a group excelled at all of the activities but Cadet Morris stood out on the high ropes as he slid himself along the high ropes sat in his harness! 2Lt Dovey was really brave completing the high ropes followed 2Lt Fairnington who instantly regretted it!

We attended the evening’s presentation where our small group were awarded their medals for camp presented by the Captain Dietz our Padre for the week who the cadets really got to know during the week.

Our standout member of the team was Cadet Fouracre who threw himself at everything during the week and we are so proud to see how much he has developed during his time in cadets!

We break up shortly and look forward to Matravers CCF going from strength to strength during the 2017/18 school year and we will be open for recruitment for the New Year 8s in late September. It has been an enormous year for all involved and we thank everyone who has supported, took part, and encouraged our success during this year.

2Lt Fairnington

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