Every year, the squadron is allocated a number of places for cadets to attend one-week camps at RAF stations located within the British Isles. Whilst at camp, you will take part in a full programme of flying, shooting, adventure training and sports activities as well an opportunity to see the RAF at work and for those cadets considering a career in the RAF there is the opportunity to work in certain sections along side regular service personnel. To attend camp you must be 1st Class Cadet or above and aged at least 13 years and 6 months and have attended as many ATC activities as possible.
You’ll stay in specially allocated RAF accommodation blocks or tents, eat at the airmen’s mess and visit the various sections around the station. You’ll meet the base personnel, as well as take part in sports, quizzes, aircraft recognition competitions and any social activities which may be available. There will be drill, uniform and room inspections, and everything will earn points for you as an individual and for your team.
Everyone will normally get a flight in one of the Air Experience Flight’s Tutor aircraft on the station or at a nearby one. Being on an RAF station puts you in a strong position to get opportunity flights on other aircraft which may have a few spare seats.
Each RAF station has an Air Cadet Liaison Officer (ACLO) who will ensure that the camp runs smoothly and that you get support and as many opportunities to do things as possible.
Camps take place during the summer and are run from Saturday to Saturday. To assist in making sure your family holiday arrangements do not clash with your Annual Camp you may like to note that the date of Annual Camp is normally announced around the end of February.
The opportunity also arises every year for you to attend an overseas camp in Gibraltar, Cyprus and even further afield. These camps are very similar to UK camps except that you will be required to pay the charter airfare. In general, only a very limited number places are available. Details of overseas camps are normally announced around October/November each year. To attend an overseas camp you must be over 15 and be Leading Cadet or above and have attended a UK camp.