480 Squadron News

Bronze Success for Studley

Air Cadets from 480 (Studley) squadron Air Training Corps recently completed the last section of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Cadets Allely, Allum, Bennett, Capper, Deeley, Edwards, Holden, Hughes, Houlbrooke, James, Orme and Redman from the Squadron, which is part of the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing of the ATC, completed the expedition section of the D of E Bronze on 28th March 2010.

The Cadets spent a whole weekend in rural Warwickshire learning how to survive outdoors in tents by cooking their own food and refining their navigation skills. Over the two days, the Cadets did 12 hours of walking in order to fulfil the requirements of Bronze Award. The final expedition is only 1 part of the award, which is made up of 4 different sections;

  • Volunteering – Participating in projects which help the local community.
  • Skill – Learning a new skill.
  • Physical Recreation – Improving their fitness through Physical Training
  • Expedition – 6 hours of organised activity for two days, including an over-night stop under canvas.

The 4 sections are covered as part of the training curriculum of the ATC, which is the largest operating authority of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Each level of the Award takes around 12 months to complete and is recognised by many organisations as an indicator of spirit, drive and determination in an individual.

The Cadets found the final section and the course as a whole very challenging, but also very rewarding. Cadet Edwards said “The weekend was tough, especially the walking we had to do. I feel great now I have finally completed the award and I am now looking forward to going for the Silver level next”.

The Officer Commanding 480 Squadron, Flight Lieutenant Mark Hulme said “The Cadets have shown real commitment in attaining this Award and I am proud of the hard work and dedication that they have shown. 12 Bronze Awards at once is approximately 10% of the Wing’s total for this year, which is a fantastic achievement in it’s self!”

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