There are a wide range of fun and exciting camps on offer at Air Cadets each year.
Cape Namibia Expedition 2018
In August 2018, a 24 strong team of London Wing staff and cadets from various squadrons embarked on a remarkable expedition to South Africa and Namibia. The team trekked through the Cederberg Mountains, Kalahari Desert and Fish River Canyon. In the little downtime the group had they went kayaking and swimming in the Orange River; exploring the stunning Cape Town Harbor; venturing to the top of Table Mountain and met the wild penguins of Simon's Town. In addition, they conducted influential and important community development work with the Nama and Damara people's of Rimvesmaark in Northern South Africa; who have a very vivid history.
Three members of 344 Squadron took part in this expedition: our squadron OC (Flt Lt Dooley), CI Dooley and Cadet Sgt Wildman.
The team had the opportunity to trek 90 kilometres through the Fish River Canyon which is the second largest in the world, only after the Grand Canyon. It is, however, the largest canyon in the world that you can walk through and is full of beautiful plants, landscapes and wild animals.
"It was a very challenging but definitely worthwhile experience that teaches you to be independent and also teaches you to correctly manage yourself and your surroundings to survive.
"The community project was an amazing experience that involved us painting the walls of their football stadium, playing football and netball matches and providing the community school with vital textbooks, writing utensils and a projector. The whole experience really gave us insight into how much we actually take for granted in day to day life. The people of the Rimvesmaark community were stripped of everything they once owned, yet they rebuilt after the turbulent history of government intervention and came out stronger today. Personally, this was my favourite part of the trip as I felt that we helped a great deal but it again allowed for a lot of self-reflection and thought to how we live our lives.
"The Cape Namibia Expedition was an amazing opportunity that I believe every member of the team is grateful to have been involved with. It would have never been possible without the hard work of Squadron Leader Loxton, the staff and the RAFAC." - Cdt Sgt Wildman
National Aerospace Camp 2018
"This year, I attended the National Aerospace Camp to mark the 100th year of the RAF. During the week I had the opportunity to go gliding at RAF Syerston which was a fantastic experience partly because this was my first ever time gliding. I also visited a few RAF bases such as RAF Coningsby and many more. A very memorable part of the camp was the flypast of the red arrows as it was amazing to watch them do their aerobatics from a front view. This whole camp gave me a wonderful insight into life in the RAF" - Cpl Fudakowska