Flt Sgt Alana Copeland spends some quality time with the Royal Navy, on a cadet 150 camp.

                                                        Adventure for Gold Seeking Air Cadets
 
Over 130 specially selected teenage cadets from all over the UK assembled  at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth in Devon for a unique camp as part of ‘Cadet 150’, a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the UK’s cadet movement.
 
The course was attended by Army, Air and Sea Cadets along with a number of Sea Scouts who were all working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, with the week-long stay in BRNC covering the residential section of the Award. Eight of the Air Cadets attending came from the London & South East Region, coming from Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Essex. 
 
Commodore Jake Moores, the Commodore of BRNC said; “the cadet forces do fantastic work with young people from all walks of life. I am delighted to welcome the Cadet 150 and Gold Duke of Edinburgh camp to the College and am confident that their experiences here will benefit them in so many different ways.”
 
The cadets arrived in BRNC on Friday having initially assembled in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Argus in Portsmouth. The two nights on board gave them a taste of living in a large ship and they even tried their hand at some fire-fighting practice whilst there.
 
Utilising the excellent BRNC facilities at Sandquay on the River Dart, the cadets got to sail in Picket Boats and Motor Whalers, as well as undertake numerous activities and exercises around the College grounds designed to teach teamwork and group management. Areas studied included trust and confidence, leadership and military information. There were plenty of opportunities for sports competitions and a singing contest was even in the programme!
 
Flight Sergeant Alana COPELAND (18) [lives in Welling] from 358 (Welling) Squadron in Kent, was one of the lucky cadets on the course, not only did it allow her to complete the final element of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, but she also gained accreditation for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) (Level 2) in Team Leading, equivalent to 2 A levels.
 
 She said; “I gained my  Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a professional qualification. Overall, it was a fantastic week, meeting and working with cadets from all over the country and from other cadet organisations ... I enjoyed it a lot, but the beds on the ship are very narrow ... I slept on the floor!”