Army Cadets enjoy fun and adventure at summer camp
More than 100 Army cadets from South Tyneside found adventure as they went off to training camp.
The borough cadets joined hundreds of others from across the Durham Army Cadet Force (ACF) at Castle Martin, in Pembrokeshire, for a week of adventure.
The cadets were given the chance to put their soldiering skills into action by disguising themselves with camouflage cream and patrolling the area in search of enemy weapons.
They slept in farm houses or makeshift shelters called bashas and took part in a simulated battle so instructors could assess their ability as soldiers.
The senior Cadets had a tough three days as they took on expedition training, battling through heat as well as wet and windy weather.
They completed the task, picking up Duke of Edinburgh Awards along the way.
Cadet Michael Ayre said: “It was very hard work but great fun. I have greatly improved my map reading skills and feel quite confident now that I can use a map.”
The annual trip also saw the cadets take part in adventure training, trying everything from coasteering, kayaking, and surfing, to archery, rock climbing and zorba football.
Cadet Cameron Walling said: “I was very scared at first but I had a go. It was really good fun and the water was not cold at all.
“Those barnacle shells were a bit sharp though.”
Cadet Peter Hamilton added: “It was great fun, I loved it. The surfing was great. I fancy trying it at home.”
The Cadets also spent a day at a local theme park, seeking thrills on the ride and getting colourful with a paint party.
They also had the opportunity to complete their Army Proficiency Certificate training. More than 50 cadets completed their star levels and were give awards by the Commanding Officer Major Paul Thornley.
Major Thornley said: “It has been a great camp.
“ We have had fun, adventure, and action by the tank load.
“We have made new friends. I would like to thank Cadets and instructors for making the camp and A Company so successful.
“Joining the Army Cadets is great. If you know a young person over 12 years of age I would encourage them to join the Army cadet Force and have adventure, action, friendship and fun. “