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by Flt Lt James Yeo RAFAC - Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 1:24 PM


Five cadets from 111 (Sunderland) Squadron have recently completed their Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition in Wooler.

The expedition, which is an important section of the Bronze award, took place over two days and one night with participants carrying all of their kit including tents, food and spare clothing.

Saturday’s route saw the cadets walking 18 kilometres whilst Sunday’s route was a shorter 12, a total of 30 kilometres over the weekend.

Cadet Aaron Grierson, 15, from Thorney Close said; “This expedition was an excellent challenge in a really nice part of the country, it was excellent to be self-sufficient and put all of our navigation training into practice. We got slightly lost around a section of the route but that was all part of the fun!”

In addition to the cadet expedition a member of staff, Civilian Instructor Amy Rosindale, was able to complete her Duke of Edinburgh Accredited Assessor qualification.

The qualification allows Amy to assess Duke of Edinburgh expeditions up to Silver level and it means more cadets from the unit can achieve the sought after award. She said: “I’m really pleased to have completed this supported assessment as it means we can run more expeditions for our members which will result in more awards. We know employers look favourably on the Duke of Edinburgh award as it is a real commitment.”

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme is available free of charge through the Squadron and is a voluntary, non-competitive programme which consists of a volunteering assignment, physical section, skill section and an expedition.

There are three levels of award, Bronze, Silver and Gold. A Gold award is often viewed by employers an A-Level equivalent.

111 Squadron is the Sunderland branch of the Air Training Corps, offering young people flying, gliding, sports, adventure training and nationally recognised qualifications.

The joining age is 12 years old and subscriptions currently cost £14 per month.

The Squadron meets at the ATC Hq on Tay Road, Thorney Close every Tuesday and Friday evening from 18:45.

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