Adventurous Training (AT) is one of the core activities of the Air Cadet Organisation, helping to develop the spirit of adventure, leadership qualities, initiative and team spirit.
There are annual AT camps at Capel Curig and Llanbedr in Snowdonia and Windermere in the Lake District where cadets can experience hill walking, mountain biking, kayaking, white water rafting, coasteering and climbing.
The Bray Trophy is an annual Surrey Wing AT competition against up to 28 other squadrons and takes place over a whole weekend. Various AT challenges are involved and include natural and fixed Obstacle Courses, First Aid scenarios, Ropework and knots, Night Navigation Exercise, Command Tasks and Orienteering. 229 Sqn have won the trophy on two previous occasions.
Capel Curig Adventure Training Camp
apel Curig Training Camp is located within the northern part of Snowdonia National Park. The camp is just three and a half miles from the village of Betws-y-Coed and covers an area of
four hectares with a perimeter fence around the main buildings area of 845m. The main camp area contains woodland and a helicopter landing area/sports field. There is also provision of secure and centrally located accommodation for Units undertaking Adventurous Training in North Wales. The Camp provides 280 bed spaces and catering facilities. It is from here that cadets spend a weeks training covering hill walking, mountain biking, white-water rafting, coasteering, climbing, expedition training and assessment. The week is usually held in early august each year and is a highlight of the AT calendar.
The camp is also used for adult staff training and development (ATD) weekends and Mountain Leader (ML) training.
Cadets can experience caving locally near Reigate spending a couple of hours and covering about two miles through a maze of passageways and tunnels that few know exist—let alone have the chance to visit.
Each year cadets can go climbing in Wales or the Peak District. Even if you've never been climbing before it's an unforgettable experience. For more experienced climbers the ATC Instructors can lead you on more challenging ascents. Recently a group of cadets visited the Via Ferrata in the Italian Alps and had an amazing week exploring the climbs and WW1 bunkers, underground hospitals and tunnels carved into the mountainsides.
Try this—the Nijmegen Marches takes place in the Netherlands during July each year and always starts on the third Tuesday of the month. This high-profile international event organised by the Royal Dutch League for Physical Culture (KNBLO) and the Dutch military and is recognised as an official Air Training Corps (ATC) activity.
It couldn’t be simpler — squeeze into a wetsuit, safety helmet and old trainers then scramble, climb, swim and cliff jump your way around a spectacular rocky coastline, turning rocks, cliffs, caves and waves into playthings! Jumping is not compulsory but most cadets like to try it. The activity is run from the Capel Curig and Llanbedr RAF camps in Wales. Several cadets tried their hand at this last year.
Try this sport at the ATC camps at Llanbedr, Capel Curig or Windermere and you could gain a BCU 1 Star Class qualification.
We are fortunate to have a wide range of obstacle courses near us. Cadets can learn the key skills of overcoming obstacles in the field, developing strength, stamina, speed and agility as well as self-confidence, self-reliance, initiative and team spirit. 229 cadets have used the following courses in recent years: Pirbright, Bordon, CTC Frimley, Longmoor and Crowborough.
Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace. 229 cadets compete in the South Downs Trophy which is an orienteering competition against up to 28 other squadrons held each year at different locations.
There are courses at RAF Weston-on-the-Green. You must be 16 years of age or over on 1 May 11 and a member of the Air Training Corps and be medically and physically fit to cope with all aspects of the strenuous course, be under the maximum weight limit of 96kg (15 stone) and at least 5ft in height. You will undertake extensive ground training and once you are considered proficient you will have one static line descent from the aircraft from approximately 3500 feet (subject to weather). Cadets have previously also attended a parachute course in Holland.
Even if you've never skiied before you'll have a opportunity to apply to join the annual 10-day Alpine Adventure in Zweisel, Bavaria (Southern Germany). There are 18 places per ATC Region and cadets will learn Nordic (Cross-country) skiing and then progress to Langlauf Award tests, ski to the summit of 'The Arber' and take part in a ti
me trial. Cadets need to be 16 years or over at the beginning of the event (next one is 13-22 January 2012), be resident for the entire course, possess an EU passport and in-date Health Insurance card. Travel is by coach and the cost is around £250.
Cadets also have the opportunity to apply for Exercise Snow Eagle, a weeks instruction on alpine skiing/ski touring and winter survival techniques around Oberstdorf in Southern Germany.
White Water Rafting
Close to to our AT Centre at Capel Curig is the National White Water Rafting Centre. The Tryweryn river flows out of a dam upstream and is a steep and rocky mountain river with fast-flowing rapids that carry you down the course on an exhilarating and adrenalin-fuelled trip. The experience is part of our AT week every August.
229 Cadets tackling the obstacles at Pirbright ATR
229 Cadets exploring Surrey's only cave system
White water rafting in Snowdonia
Cadets tackle the 25th and last obstacle at Pirbright
Surrey Wing cadets climbing in the Italian Alps
Mountain biking near Capel Curig, Snowdonia
Exercise Snow Eagle in Oberstdorf, Southern Germany