cadets of Oundle School CCF were blessed with a weekend of fine September
weather for their autumn Field Weekend, which saw the Contingent’s 400 cadets
training in Snowdonia, Portland, Grafham Water, Thetford and Oundle.
Royal Navy Section took sixty five cadets to the water sports centre at Grafham
Water, where they completed a variety of RYA courses including Windsurfing,
Sailing, Kayaking and Power Boating. Their colleagues in the Diving Section
spent the weekend diving in Portland Harbour, enjoying underwater visibility
that was better than usual, during their training for BSAC Ocean Diver.
Army Section split, leaving the 150 younger recruits in Oundle to complete a
variety of activities including Shooting, Drill, Field craft, Cooking and Kit
husbandry. In this 100th anniversary year of the start of World War 1, the cadets
also watched a moving film called ‘My Boy Jack’ about Rudyard
Kipling’s son, John, who died shortly after his 18th Birthday at the Battle of
Loos in 1915.
Lucie Baker (15) commented, “The CCF Army
AIC Section went to Thetford Forest in Norfolk for our September Field Weekend.
During the course of the first day, all six Army sections participated in camo
and concealment lessons, field craft activities, stalking, intentional section
attack planning and multiple section attacks before settling down to a dinner
of ration packs. At 9.30pm each section went out on a tactical night patrol
which consisted of orienteering to find three check points before returning back
to our self-made bashers in the forest in order to get some sleep.
early start the next morning, each section participated in two section attacks
in which we were able to fire a total of eighty blank rounds at the
"enemy". We left Thetford at 1pm only to return back to Oundle for a
dreaded hour of rifle cleaning before going back to house for a much needed
more senior elements of the Army Section deployed with the RAF to Thetford,
where they conducted a tactical field exercise, including a night navigation
exercise culminating in a series of Section Attacks.
the luckiest group were those in the Adventure Training section, who travelled
to North Wales and enjoyed stunning weather whilst walking and mountain-biking in
the mountains of Snowdonia.
NCO, Rafe Trundell (16) commented, “The
AT section of the CCF spent two nights at Capel Curig Training Camp near
Betws-y-Coed engaging in a range of stimulating and challenging outdoor
activities. This included spending a morning mountain biking around the
abundance of mountain paths and trails near Betws and stopping for a packed
lunch overlooking a Welsh tarn. The afternoons of both days consisted of hiking
on the peaks surrounding Snowdon and along the river Conwy.
On the second
day, rock climbing was the main activity. Using top ropes to climb, the morning
was spent ascending the natural face as many times as possible. A highlight was
a challenging overhanging section near the top. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed
Commander Major Andrew Mansergh said, “This
has been an excellent weekend that has given the cadets a wonderful opportunity
to develop a range of skills. Most importantly, it provided the more senior cadets
with the chance to build their leadership qualities, communication skills and
self-confidence. We very much look forward to the next Field Weekend in April.”