CCF Army: Twenty-four go wild on the Isle of Man
On a recent Field Trip, the CCF Army Section took a break from ‘green training’ and headed to the Isle of Man for a weekend of adventurous pursuits. The trip involved coasteering, kayaking, archery, confidence training, abseiling and a Crystal Maze style team challenge.
On limited sleep after an overnight ferry, our cadets were pleasantly awoken with the prospect of a mixture of coasteering and kayaking in the Irish Sea. After a warming lunch, we continued activities in two groups. One group trained on archery and had great fun on a confidence course, whilst the second group trained on abseiling out of windows and off trees in preparation for a 110 ft cliff abseil to the shoreline. Despite trepidations from some cadets who were afraid of heights, all challenged themselves and all completed the abseil down the cliff face.
The following day the two groups swapped over their activity programme. Again our cadets rose to the challenge, overcame any fears and had fun. The cadets finished the weekend off in Crystal Maze fashion with a series of team challenges in the evening. After a frenetic, but closely fought challenge, only one point separated the teams, which was a fitting end to a weekend of adventure.
My thanks go out to both the cadets and to the staff Mr Bowyer, Mr Wilkinson and Mrs Smee.
Lt H Smith, Army Section Leader