Cadets from Yorkshire and the Humber are gearing up for overseas trips organised by the RFCA’s cadet support staff and cadet force adult volunteers.
And former Army ski expert Richard Lenton, pictured, will be leading a trip to the Alps.
In February cadets from Humberside and South Yorkshire ACF will be heading to Austria for a week learning to ski, while in April over 60 senior cadets will be travelling to Cyprus for adventurous training including water sports, mountain biking and fieldcraft. There they will get to meet their Cypriot counterparts who will join in their activities with them.
“We’re delighted that after such a year of uncertainty that we can once again offer cadets trips abroad,” said the RFCA’s cadet executive officer for Humberside and South Yorkshire Army Cadet Force Tim Atkinson.
“We’ve done a lot of planning and are confident we can put in place all the measures needed to deliver a safe environment for our cadets.
“And we’re especially pleased that we can meet up with our colleagues in Cyprus and learn all about the cadet experience from their perspective.”
The cadet volunteers with support from the RFCA staff in the ACF’s Driffield headquarters are responsible for all aspects of the planning including booking flights, courses, risk assessments and accommodation.
Yorkshire Cadet Trust grant
The Yorkshire Cadet Trust has generously granted £14000 towards the cost of the excursions to Austria and Cyprus, which will enable cadets from all backgrounds to participate and enhances the cadet experience.
The RFCA has 28 staff in Driffield and Strensall whose direct role is to support the cadets and cadet adult volunteers in the region.
Cadet volunteer and qualified ski instructor Richard Lenton will be joining the Austria trip, he said: “It will be fantastic to take the cadets to Austria skiing, many of them wouldn’t be able to experience a trip like this without the help from the Yorkshire Cadet Trust. It’s a privilege to see these brilliant young people grow in confidence and help them take advantage of all the opportunities the cadets have to offer.”