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Sennelager Air Cadet Camp

36 cadets from all over the UK came together for the 2017 Air Cadet camp in Sennelager. Ben Harries told us all about it on his return.

The 8-hour coach journey from Calais to Sennelager was an excellent opportunity to get to know people and take a nap.

On our first day we visited the Mohne Dam and enjoyed the scenic view from the top followed by a boat trip around the reservoir. The dam had been breached during the Second World War by the legendary Dambusters in their Lancaster Bombers.

On Monday we did High Ropes, an obstacle course in the tree tops. I found it great fun and challenging. In the evening we went bowling. Somehow my first two bowls of the game were strikes but it all went downhill from there, and I missed the next few completely!

On Tuesday we split into three groups for raft building and tested them in the afternoon. Surprisingly they were fit for purpose and floated and didn’t fall apart. That evening we had a quiz. As I was one of the more senior cadets, I was in charge of organising and smooth running.

We travelled to Belgium on Wednesday. We had the chance to climb aboard NATO E-3 Sentry AWACS (reconnaissance aircraft) and had a guided tour around the plane, the cockpit and surveillance equipment.  I was shocked that the crew could be on board for up to 17 hours at a time and was surprised by the number of AWACS they had ready to fly.

On Thursday we visited Normandy Barracks (at Sennelager) HQ of the 20th Armoured Brigade. We toured tanks, including the formidable Challenger 2 and learned about its capabilities. We also tried tank battle simulators. 

We spent the final day having fun at a theme park. An additional bonus was that the camp completed the residential section of my Gold DofE award!

Published on 19/09/2017

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