Hedge End Air Cadets in award success

Hedge End Air cadets

Six RAF Air Cadets from 2428 (Hedge End) Squadron have recently achieved their Bronze  Duke of Edinburgh Awards, working their way through four sections:- volunteering, physical, skill and expeditions.

“The DofE programme gives all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future’ said Flight Lieutenant Nicola Swaffield, 2428 (Hedge End) Squadron’s Officer Commanding and Expedition Assessor for the DofE.  ‘I am proud of the Bronze team, whom have individually developed and grown since taking up the DofE Programme, they are all now working towards their Silver DofE Awards’.

Cadet Harding  said ‘It’s an adventure from beginning to end, an excellent opportunity to develop a new skills and work collectively and individually’.

The Hedge End squadron continues to train and encourage the next generation with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme being regularly available.

Air Cadets initially complete the Bronze Award from the age of 14. This is just one of the exciting activities that Air Cadets become involved in, including summer camps at RAF Stations, Sports and Adventure Training.

RAF Air Cadets welcome young people aged 13 to 17 and adults from 20-55.

The Squadron meets on Mondays and Wednesday evenings 7pm-9:30pm or contact oc.2428@aircadets.org.

  2 comments for “Hedge End Air Cadets in award success

  1. John Renard
    February 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    “Well done” to these six cadets! They should feel proud of their achievement and enjoy their success.

    Thanks for publishing this. Such stories serve to remind we oldies that most young people are capable, adventurous and willing to strive. Given sound leadership, they can prove as good as any previous generation.

    It’s also a reminder that many youth organisations – Cadets, Scouts, Guides etc – need help from adults, not only as leaders but as volunteer helpers in many small ways. We owe it to our kids to get involved wherever possible – and it can be very rewarding for the adult, too.

  2. February 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with the previous comments .
    I have very fond memories of my time in the cadet force , even though it was 30 something years ago . The DofE is a very challenging experience , so hold your heads high .
    Well done !

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