Dromore cadets seek adventure

Teenagers from Dromore’s Army Cadet Force detachment have been learning survival skills during a week-long camping expedition.

Thursday, 28th May 2015, 12:02 pm
2nd (NI) Battalion ACF 'Ex Easter Dawn 2015' is taking place at various activity centres around Ballykinler Training area. These pictures were taken at Greenhill YMCA where the cadets enjoyed an experience on a Zip line and challenged themselves on a leap of faith. There were other activities at Ballykinler, such as, shooting and field craft., the cadets doing Field Craft not only had to cook there own meals, but had to build a shelter under which they would be spending the night, seen here L-R are basic Star Cadets Jake McDonald (12) and Max Wilson (13) both from Dromore and members of Dromore Detachment ACF

The ACF hailed “adventure training by day and sleeping under canvas by night” the perfect ingredients for a memorable trip.

“The Dromore lads even managed to cook their own meals to add to the fun,” a spokesperson said.

Colonel Maurice Warnock from 2nd (Northern Ireland) Battalion Army Cadet Force added: “Our Cadets know how to enjoy themselves and they relish every challenge we throw at them.

“Even whisking up a meal from a box of basic rations didn’t daunt them, although we all reckoned ‘cooking doesn’t get much tougher than this’.

“Camping is one of the most popular elements of Cadet life, and not only with Cadets.

“Mums and dads are delighted to see their youngsters leaving the computer and TV behind and opting for something which is altogether more challenging and rewarding.

“They know that the kids will be in great company and will be professionally supervised as they enjoy an incredible range of activities and experiences, all of which are either free or very low in cost; we even provide free uniforms.”

Col Warnock said cadet membership helped build confidence as well as skills.

“These enthusiastic young lads from the Dromore Detachment are gaining both,” he said.

“They are also building achievement-packed CVs which will help them when they are ready to apply for university or college or take the first steps into the world of work.”