This Easter, E (The Rifles) Company, Yorkshire North and West Army Cadet Force took 60 Cadets to Silverwood Scout Camp in Silkstone, Barnsley to take part in their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition.
The cadets, which made up nine groups of no more than seven cadets took part in a range of expeditions covering Bronze and Silver Practice, Bronze Qualifying and 2 Star Army Proficiency Certificate Expeditions. Despite a little bit of liquid sunshine the weekend was an amazing success with plenty of laughter and smiles all around.
As dawn broke on the Saturday morning, the Commanding Officer, Major Neil Patton gave his awe inspiring history of the Scout Camp and how it was used as a training camp for the Barnsley Pals in preparation of the battle of the Somme during the Great War.
Within the grounds of the Scout Camp, is a large stone carving in memory of those ‘Pals’ who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme. Groups took photos and read the history board in preparation for a small presentation later in detachments.
Throughout the weekend, all the cadets and adults demonstrated great teamwork and leadership with a huge amount of enthusiasm. As the sun broke on the Sunday all cadets we eager to be away home early to tuck into the Easter eggs that waited for them at home.
Well Done and what a fantastic effort from all involved.
Report By SI Mary Hood – E Company DofE Co-Ordinator, Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force
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