Stainton Camp from a cadet’s point of view.
The Central and East Yorkshire Wing held a Wing Camp at Stainton Cadet Training Centre between November 3rd and 5th. Here is the experience of one cadet from Wetherby Sqn who attended.
In my experience Stainton was a thoroughly enjoyable camp that offered choices of drumming, bell lyre (a xylophone type instrument held upright in a sling or horizontal harness), drill instructor, radio coms, first aid and a drum major course.
Music was run by Plt Off Waudby who is the Wing Band and Music Officer. One of the best things about this camp was the laid back attitude and amount of fun had on this camp (although, possibly not for those doing the drill instructors course). Also the fact that it was an all greens camp gave it a feel of an exciting time. As a corporal on our squadron said it was taxing, but very rewarding course also there is a lot of revision and you need to be highly motivated.
I’m one of the cadets at 35 (Wetherby) Squadron. I’d like to tell you why I come to cadets and a bit of what we do.
Now, I’ve been at cadets for nearly two years and I have to say it’s been the time of my life. The cadets you meet and the NCOs or Civilian Instructors are great. You can always have a laugh.
The reasons I come to cadets is for the stuff we do, such as gliding, which I have done twice with aerobatics. I also got to take off and land the glider. Once you hear and feel the sound of the glider, well let’s just say it’s a fantastic experience, especially when taking hold of the controls.
You also get to go camping, which from what I’ve been told “you always get a good experience”. You can also go shooting, which I’ve done with the No 8 rifle – there is also the chance to shoot with the L98A2 rifle too.
At cadets we also learn discipline. If you do something wrong, you have to learn from that. To get away from discipline, you just have to be a good cadet to everyone.
What I’m trying to get through is you can get a future out of Air Cadets. Before I joined, I would be on the X-box everyday. Now I am planning a future in the RAF Regiment. So by taking the chance to go to Air Cadets a lot can happen.