The Air Cadet Organisation is one of the biggest participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in the world and those in London Wing get to take part in some of the most interesting activities, and adventurous expeditions possible.
Most cadets can qualify for a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze level by taking part in standard squadron activities. There are also many opportunities to go for Silver or Gold through extra events and activities. The Award is split into 4 main areas (5 for Gold)
Volunteering – helping others in the local community, lots of Air Cadet squadrons across London routinely take part in volunteering activities, and could include assisting younger cadets with academic or drill training.
Expeditions – training for and planning of a journey, this could be in many interesting parts of the UK, such as the Lake District, Welsh Valleys or South Downs.
Skills – demonstrate ability in almost any hobby, skill or interest – from playing a musical instrument to learning to drive.
Physical Recreation – sport, dance and fitness all count towards this, so cadets joining squadron sports teams can count this towards this section.
Residential Project – (Gold level only) a purposeful enterprise with young people not previously known to the participant. For cadets, this could involve a work experience camp or volunteering project in the UK or abroad.