Scarborough Detachment, in A Company, Yorkshire (North & West) Army Cadet Force, are celebrating after being crowned the Champion Detachment in A Company for the 6th consecutive year. The closely fought competition, which sees cadets from eight different units battling to secure the title, includes first aid, obstacle course, drill and turnout, as well as results from across the entire calendar year.
With 44 cadets on camp, Scarborough were certainly the largest presence, but the pressure was on as each detachment stepped up to the plate for each individual competition. The weekend saw cadets from all different star levels going head to head to earn points for their teams.
Throughout the year, the detachment has racked up a long list of achievements, seeing a huge number of cadets progress and develop their skills. Sergeant Jasmine Roper was one of 11 national Duke of Westminster Award finalists, travelling to South Africa for two weeks. Later in the year she won the national British Army Cadet Life photography competition, with her work being displayed in the Imperial War Museum. She has also been skiing in Bavaria, along with another cadet, who was awarded the National Cadet Direct ski bursary.
Senior cadet, Sergeant Major Jess Tappenden-Rowell has been to Cyprus for two weeks on an advanced field craft cadre and was one of the winners of the National Diana Award, as well as completing the prestigious Master Cadet Course.
The detachment, following two years in second place, finally claimed victory in the Regional Operation Reflect competition in October, in the final year of the competition taking place. With 18 Bronze, 5 Silver and 2 Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in the past twelve months, the detachment has also become a leading force behind the award, encouraging all new cadets to take part.
During the final parade, the winners of each competition were announced in reverse order. Scarborough was awarded the first place Junior Combat trophy for the 2nd year running, earnt by Lance Corporal duo Jazmine Greenwood and Lily Roper.
This was followed by two new trophies, awarded for the first time in 2018: mountain biking and first aid. Lance Corporal Dan Timlin’s four-man first aid team were delighted to win the new trophy and credited their success to their ability to stay calm under pressure, as well as forming a cohesive team.
Scarborough received second place in the obstacle course competition, beaten by Northallerton detachment who completed the course in a quicker time. Junior shooters, Cadets Jack Roper and Shay Toward came first in the inter detachment shooting competition, after being awarded marksmen badges during their one-star shoot.
The final competition, which carries with it a huge amount of pride, is the drill and turnout trophy, last won by Scarborough in 2014. Having come second for the previous three years, the detachment were keen to regain this trophy, and after several weeks of hard work and dedication, they were delighted to finally take first place home.
Following the awards, the Champion detachment was announced, and for the 6th year running, Scarborough took the honours, with Sergeant Major Tappenden-Rowell collecting the trophy on behalf of all the cadets and adult instructors.
Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Billie Grisdale, who has completed just over 6 years with Scarborough detachment, noted: “the enthusiasm and drive of my team is absolutely incredible and I am extremely proud to be their Detachment Commander. I am delighted that they have earnt the Champion Detachment shield for the 6th consecutive year and feel this is testament to their hard work and positive attitude.
I would also like to thank my members of staff who have been a vital part of the process over the past few months, not forgetting our attached regular soldiers, who give up their free time, unpaid, to help us inspire young people. Here’s to a very successful 2019”.
Report by Lt Billie Grisdale, Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force
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