DROMORE High School sixth-former Adam Kelly is among the many Army Cadets from across the county who have been pitching up at Folkestone in Kent for the Annual Camp adventure.
The traditional highlight of the Cadet year, the camp sees the teenagers stretched and entertained for one week, with what a spokesperson described as “a demanding programme of outdoor adventure, sporting challenge and good craic”.
Adam - or Cadet Warrant Officer Adam Kelly of the Banbridge Army Cadet Force Detachment - has been a Cadet for five years.
“In my current role,” he said, “I now have more responsibility at Annual Camp and during the year too – with more to organise and responsibilities of ensuring that the junior cadets are in the right place at the right times and with all the equipment they need.
“Before I joined the Cadets I would have been quite shy. Now I am happy to be in front of the Cadets or anyone else and tell them what I would like them to do. I’ve also made many good friends.
“The skills I have picked up will be useful in life, I think, particularly the organisational skills, the ability to work with others and the discipline to keep at a job until it’s done.”
If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Cadet or an Adult Instructor in Banbridge or the wider County Down area call 028 9081 5223.