Drill and Ceremonial Camp

On the 5th of August myself and Sergeant Owen travelled to Bodney Camp near Thetford to undertake a week of Arms Drill Training which led up to a final parade at RAF Honington on Friday 11th August.

There were over 300 cadets in attendance at the camp from all over the UK who were divided into 9 flights for the duration of the camp.

The week consisted of morning Arms Drill sessions working on the basics needed for the final parade at RAF Honington and in the afternoon there were various different activities for each flight which included, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Leadership tasks, Target Paintballing and Basic Radio Communications. One Main activity which cadets took part in in the afternoons was Continuity Arms Drill which once everyone had learned was put together on mass and polished for the display on the final parade.

All activities were great fun and a good chance to try something new. I enjoyed all aspects of the camp as we all worked hard and learned a lot throughout the week, it has developed both my foot drill and Arms drill but also my confidence as a flight commander as I had to lead my own flight for the week including the Final Parade at RAF Honington in front of the Station Commander, OC 22 Training group and Commandant Air Cadets.

This camp was a brilliant experience and great chance to make friends from across the Corps, I would recommend this camp to all my fellow drill enthusiasts and anyone who wishes to try something new. Of course the Camp would not have been a success without the hard work and organisation of all the camp staff allowing the camp to run as smoothly as possible and provide such a high level of quality training to the cadets who attended. Overall it was an amazing camp and I have come back with more drill skill and knowledge.

By CWO Megan Annetts