Every year cadets from London have the chance to attend many different types of camp. Taking place over a week in the summer, or over Easter, camps get you out and about and give you a taste of what RAF personnel experience at one of the UK’s RAF stations. They’re also some of the most enjoyable and memorable things you’ll do. Usually based around adventurous activities (especially fieldcraft), this is where you take control of your new abilities and put them to the test. You’ll often get chance to take part in Air Experience Flying, or even flights in the RAF aircraft on the base.
Your first taste will be weekend camps, run by your squadron. These allow time for more intensive training than during your regular meets, but can fit into a weekend and not interfere with school holidays. You could be doing all kinds of things like orienteering, over-night exercises or other specialised training.
Once you’ve attended annual camp, proven yourself as a leader and have reached the age of 15, you’re eligible to apply for a place on an overseas camp at one of our RAF stations in Gibraltar, Cyprus or Germany. These camps are more relaxed as all of you involved are pretty experienced by this point. There’s less focus on drill and inspections and more on the other aspects of camp, such as work experience with RAF personnel and looking around local towns (like Limassol in Cyprus) and exploring historical sites.