Army Cadet forces in South Tyneside are looking for new recruits.
The organisation is on the lookout for young people who are seeking fun, friendship, action and adventure.
Major Amanda Wardman, who leads the South Shields-based A Company, said: “A Company has over 200 members in seven detachments across South Tyneside, Gateshead and Seaburn.
“Detachments meet two nights per week and we have plenty of weekends away as well as an outdoor activity week in the autumn half term and a fortnight camp in the summer holidays.”
Young People aged 12 to 18 joining the Army Cadets can spend spare time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and abseiling.
They also learn about shooting, map reading, first aid and fieldcraft as well as values, leadership and independence.
Major Wardman added: “There are always plenty of chances to play sports with the Army Cadet Force hosting competitions for both boys and girls at a county, regional and national level.
“There are also opportunities to gain Duke of Edinburgh Awards and BTEC Qualifications.
“We have also had cadets on safaris to South Africa over the last three years with other exchanges in Canada available too. Some of our cadets visited Holland, France and Belgium in 2015 for battlefield tours and marching events.
“We will be honest, at times they might end up a little wet and muddy, but they will gain great experiences and make a lot of memories and new friends.”
The Army Cadet Force also offers opportunities for adults to get involved as volunteers.
To find out more about joining go to armycadets.com or call 0191 388 2351.