Practice Makes Perfect! 

A beautiful but scorching weekend of 6-7thJuly gave five young cadets from 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron the perfect opportunity to practice their expedition skills in preparation for their qualifying expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze award later this summer.

Cadet Corporal Connor McLean, Cadets James Pickering, Shannon Metin, James Burrows and Joshua Brand all had the pleasure of planning a route and ensuring that what they had packed into their fully-laden rucksacks was both useful and practical prior to setting out on their first-ever expedition, beginning in the small Hertfordshire village of Bygrave and stopping overnight to make camp and recuperate after a long day's work in Henlow, Bedfordshire. The group then continued on the Sunday to press forward towards their final checkpoint, 1066 (Hitchin) Squadron HQ.

The team studied their maps hard, with compasses at the ready and marched on; completing the day's planned journeying without any issues.

Ready, Set, Go! Cadets from 1239 geared up for their first expedition.

After cooking breakfast and packing up tents, the 1239 team set out to complete the second day of the expedition, again having to endure what seemed to be a shock British summer with not a cloud in sight giving little respite from the humid heat. Nevertheless, with strong determination the cadets pressed on and arrived at their final checkpoint in just after the recommended time, proving to be a fine end result for the weekend. This success was to be mirrored by a second group composed of a mixture of cadets from neighbouring Letchworth, Stevenage and Harpenden Squadrons.

OC 1239 (Broxbourne & Hoddesdon) Squadron, Flt Lt Mark Richards commented "I'm so proud of our five cadets who completed their first expedition this weekend. It just goes to show what can be achieved when the cadets put in the hard work, work together and remain focussed on their goals. I look forward to seeing continued success from these five cadets going forward into their qualifyingexpeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze award".