Fill your summer holiday with adventure

First published in News

NOT looking forward to the long boring summer holiday. Fancy some flying, sport, adventurous training or shooting? If so, the Air Cadets could be for you.

372 (Barry) Squadron, have vacancies for young men and women between 12 and 17 years old, who want to join an exciting, challenging and fast moving youth organisation.

Air Cadets have the opportunity to fly in the Grob tutor aircraft and Vigilant glider, often taking control under pilot supervision. Brave cadets can try aerobatics. Better still is that flying and gliding is free. Cadets can also try their hand at abseiling, canoeing, hill walking, camping, navigation, shooting and team building exercises. The Squadron is also actively involved and successful at all levels of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. The cadets general fitness, skills and team working are always encouraged to improve through – football, rugby, hockey, netball, athletics, archery and swimming.

Air Cadets also have the opportunity to visit a Royal Air Force station for one–two weeks in the UK and overseas; living and breathing the Royal Air Force at first hand as well as participating in the annual trip to the battlefields and memorials of world war one in Belgium and France.

Amongst the many highlights this year Cadet Joe Bailey has sailed on the Challenge Wales boat, Jake Paterson and Steph Jones travelled to Cyprus and the Squadron is going to Belgium and Edinburgh soon. Cadets have also travelled the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and the Gower for adventurous training as well as museum visits to London, RAF Cosford, National Memorial Arboretum and RNAS Yeovilton.

Whilst the Cadets enjoy many exciting activities for themselves; they are also encouraged to support their community - fundraising and providing hands on assistance to many local organisations; raising over £7,000 in the last year.

Cadet Alex Cheeseley said: “Air Cadets is great fun and we get to do loads of exciting activities all the time; there are so many cool activities to sign up to whilst also learning some great skills for life.”

If you have a spirit for adventure, 372 (Barry) Squadron has vacancies for boys and girls between 12-17 years old. The squadron parade on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm-9.30pm, behind Adams Funeral Parlour or you can email oc.372@aircadets.org, or visit www.372squadron.org or phone the squadron on 01446 747734 for more information about joining or the Air Training Corps.

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