After a two-year break due to Covid, the Beds & Cambs Wing Easter Camp returned this year to provide the opportunity to experience a multitude of different activities. Initially developed in the 1990s, the camp has evolved over the years, providing fieldcraft, AT and leadership opportunities not normally provided at squadron level. This year’s camp was also expanded to include staff and cadets from other Wings from across Central & East Region; Herts & Bucks Wing, Norfolk & Suffolk Wing, South & East Midlands Wing and Trent Wing.
The camp would not have been the success it was without the hard work put in by the cadets throughout the week, long hours and teamwork helping to bond strong links across each flight and the whole camp. The inclusion of staff from other Wings also helped gel links across the Region, having never done this in this manner previously.
The camp was seen as a great success by all staff and cadets who attended, having experienced a broad spectrum of emotions, from abseiling to raft building, from the night exercise to the Chinook flight. Everyone enjoyed their experience and are eagerly awaiting next year’s camp. The camp would not have been such a success without the input from staff, providing the skills and training to cover the activities provided.
My thanks goes out to the all staff and cadets who attended to make the camp the success it was, looking forward to see what Easter Camp 2023 brings, and developing the links made across the neighbouring Wings.
Wing Commander Rob Bradshaw, Camp Commandant
Beds & Cambs Wing ATC Easter Camp