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Easter and Summer Camps

Every year, cadets from 361 Squadron attend a week long camp at an Royal Air Force Station where cadets get the opportunity to see and experience at first hand how the RAF operates.


In July 2005, cadets from 361 Squadron attended camp at RAF Halton.

A typical camp includes visits to the various RAF squadrons located on the base to see their aircraft up close  (and usually try the cockpits for size), tours of the Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire Sections, Air Experience Flying in Tutor or other aircraft, visits to the Flight Simulator, Target Shooting, Work Experience, a Night Exercise, Sports, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, visits to local places of interest and much, much more.


Accommodation is usually in barrack blocks (although sometimes tents are used) and cadets eat in the Junior Ranks Mess where the food is invariably excellent and plentiful.


All the cadets who went to RAF Valley had the opportunity to fly the Hawk simulators and one lucky cadet on camp was chosen to fly in an actual Hawk aircraft.

All this for only around £35 - including travel, accommodation and food!

Overseas Camps & IACE

Every year, overseas camps are also held at RAF stations in Cyprus at Easter, and Germany and Gibraltar in the Summer.

These camps are aimed at older and more experienced cadets and the camp programme is designed accordingly.

There are also opportunities for selected senior cadets to be part of the International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) scheme where they could travel to other countries that have Air Cadet Organisations, including the USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong.

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