Seventeen-year-old twin brothers Adam and Brett Williams, who hail from Whitchurch, Bristol are both members of the Stockwood Army Cadet force unit and have recently taken part in a unique residential camp at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon. They had been selected to attend the camp which was part of the Cadet 150 celebrations and also an element of their work towards the Gold Award on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The brothers have been active members of the Army Cadet Force for around four years and during this time have thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of activities available to them. Both Adam and Brett are students of St Brendan’s Sixth Form College and have ambitions to go to university. Indeed Adam wants to join the Army after graduating. He said “It has been such a privilege to be part of this camp and its all adds to my life experiences.”
“Being part of the Army Cadets is just great. I get to do so many different things that I enjoy and meet so many different people from all over the country,” Brett explained.
130 selected cadets arrived in BRNC having initially assembled in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Argus in Portsmouth. Two nights were spent on board giving them all a taste of living in a large ship and they even tried their hand at some fire-fighting practice whilst there.
Utilising the excellent BRNC facilities on the River Dart, working in the twin screw Picket Boats and open motor whalers, plus numerous activities and exercises around the College grounds the tasks undertaken by the cadets were designed to teach teamwork and group management.
Areas studied included trust and confidence, leadership and military information. There was some classroom based work too but naturally plenty of opportunity for sports competitions.
As well as contributing towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award the cadets will gain accreditation for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) (Level 2) in Team Leading.
The whole week drew to a close with a ceilidh including Scottish country dancing which the cadets had had to learn during the week at BRNC. Cadet Force Adult Volunteer Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Spowage, the Commanding Officer of the camp explained, “it has been wonderful to see how all the cadets have approached this week with such enthusiasm. There has been a wide variety of activities some of which have been more challenging than others, even the dancing!”
The Cadet Force is voluntary youth organisation which provides young people with the opportunity to develop and test themselves through adventurous activities and challenges, learning new skills with the chance to gain some additional qualifications along the way. They not only look to their self-development but also get involved with volunteer and charitable work in the community.