You may of heard of the DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) Award, but don't know what it is or whether it's for you. Well, it's for everyone who likes a challenge. Their mission is simple - 'to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development, and recognise their achievements'.
To put it another way, they help you succeed. With the same sense of adventure that drew you to the Air Cadets in the first place, the DofE takes you through a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person.
If you're 14 or over, then you can begin - just ask any of the instructors and they'll help you get started. For more information now on everything DofE, follow this links to visit their official website.D of E
There are three levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. And it's never too late to get in on the action - depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold leve
We're proud to be the DofE Award's largest participant.
In the Air Training Corps first aid is considered to be a very important skill to have and so is mandatory for all cadets.
The HeartStart UK first aid course is a two hour course completed as part of the First Class Cadet training syllabus.
The course content includes performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), dealing with choking, serious bleeding and helping someone that may be having a heart attack. According to the British Heart Foundation over 1.4 million people have been trained through the Heartstart UK initiative. Upon completion of this short course the cadet is awarded with a certificate of their attainment.
The St John Ambulance Youth First Aid course as its chosen and recommended standard of First Aid to teach its cadets. It is available to those studying for Leading or Senior Cadet classifications. We will spread this content over a number of parade nights to lighten the load. There is also the option to complete the whole course over a weekend.
Adventurous Training is an essential part of the Air Cadet's training syllabus and the place where team effort really matters - you'll build new friendships, and learn to rely on the other people you're with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.
Remember, whatever your personal tastes, nothing is compulsory. There is a wide range of adventurous activities to get stuck into, so if climbing isn't for you perhaps canoeing is. Sometimes what's on offer depends on the squadron you attend, but everything you do is supervised by qualified trainers who will ensure you get the most out of it.
You can also attend a week Aventure Training camp and try your hand at everything, you will never know what your capable off until you try.
Between local activities and visits to camps, you will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, caving, mountain biking, offshore sailing, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Canoing, Parachuting and winter sports to name just a few.