To provide sufficient outdoor equipment to enable cadets to take part in Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions and Map Reading exercises as many cadets are from low or middle income families that find obtaining suitable equipment outside of their budget. Currently the Squadron is unable to provide this equipment.
The money will be used to purchase Outdoor Equipment, tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, clothing, compasses and maps. This will be done as a one off purchase to enable the immediate delivery of outdoor activities, mainly hill walking. These include, conducting map reading lessons, overnight camping and enabling the Squadron to deliver Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions all the way to Gold Standard. In preparation for attaining their awards the cadets need to train and experience navigating in the immediate area and Lake District, conduct training and practice walks leading up to assessed expeditions. As the cadets work through their award badges up to Gold it is likely that they will take part in increasingly more adventurous expeditions, possibly overseas. The Squadron expects to get at least 6 cadets to complete their Bronze award by October 2017.
The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a charity that aims to improve the lives of young people (12-20) through formal aviation training, experience flights and other activities. Cadets are taught discipline, self-reliance, drill, first aid, aviation history, principles of flight/propulsion, shooting, fieldcraft, adventure training and other activities related to the Royal Air Force. Through structured programmes we seek to develop self-confidence and leadership, knowledge of aviation, teamwork and a sense of community spirit. It is staffed by volunteers who give freely of their spare time to provide these experiences, including opportunities to obtain BTEC qualifications in Leadership, Aviation and Music, and participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.
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