Islands’ Army Cadets Planning Busy Year Of Activities

Army Cadet base on St Mary's

Army Cadet base on St Mary’s

Scilly’s Army Cadet group has grown in numbers following their recent recruitment drive.

Organiser Tony Smith says there are now almost as many girls as boys attending the weekly sessions on The Garrison.

He’s pleased as he feels that girls seem to excel as cadets and this makes the boys work harder, because they don’t want to be outdone.

Matt Honeychurch has recently taken the cadets away for a weekend of training. Everyone passed and they will now go on to Junior camp at RAF St. Mawgan at the end of the month.

The cadets will learn the basics in drill, turnout, first aid, navigation and shooting.

Later in the summer, older cadets will embark on their Duke of Edinburgh awards and the platoon will be out in force for Armed Forces Day with a parade to Holgate’s Green.

The cadets often travel away for training but in August a group from St Austell will come here for camp with Mark Skeplorn, who normally works for the Ambulance Service.

And in September fifty men from various regiments will take the cadets kayaking, climbing and abseiling during their period of adventure training.

There’ll be two more trips, including a mainland sports event in the autumn.

Tony says it will be a busy but hopefully worthwhile and rewarding year for the cadets.