RAF Lossiemouth Easter Wing Camp 2023
On Saturday 15th of April four cadets and two staff from 148 Barnsley Squadron set off incredibly early for a week long Wing Camp at RAF Lossiemouth in North East Scotland to join other cadets and staff from South and West Yorkshire Wing. It was a fantastic week all round where cadets got involved in numerous activities both on and off the RAF station. It was a great opportunity to get to know other cadets from around the wing and share new experiences. It was my first camp and many others who attended but we soon got into the swing of things.
The week at RAF Lossiemouth was jam packed with activities including section visits to the RAF Police dog section, a gym session with an RAF PTI, Search and Rescue, Fire section, Air Traffic Control (where we had front seats watching the typhoon squadrons rehearse for the coronation fly past), RAF Regiment, and visits to the P8 Poseidon squadrons and we were even lucky enough to meet with our American counterparts from the US Navy. All section visits were fantastic opportunities that allowed us to learn about different areas of the RAF whilst being actively engaged with technology and equipment, particularly during STEM and leadership activities with RAF careers.
As well as activities on camp we also had the opportunity to explore our surroundings and its history with visits to Morayvia aviation museum and the Historic Fort George, as well as getting a little competitive and lots of fun at an outdoor Go Karting track and on the lanes at a local bowling alley.
The week as a whole was a great experience and my favourite collection of activities within the RAF Air Cadets so far. I made lots of new friends from other squadrons who I hope to see again on other wing and sector activities. Following my experience, I would encourage other cadets to take all opportunities with both hands and try everything at least once. Thanks to the staff and RAF Lossiemouth for supporting our visit.