Air cadets move a step nearer award

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Committed air cadets from Castleford moved a step nearer their Duke of Edinburgh Award when they took part in a three-day walking trip.

The group of youngsters, from the Castleford Air Cadets squadron, were based in a camping barn – which had no electricity, heating or hot water – in the Peak District.

They spent their time walking over a series of routes in the countryside which were designed to test their navigational skills.

Matt Bulmer, flying officer, said: “It’s fantastic to enable the cadets to use the skills they have learned in a classroom environment.

“It’s also important to reinforce this training before they use the skills for real during their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.”

The cadets will go on to complete the silver Duke of Edinburgh award later this year.

Mr Bulmer said: “The barn having no heating, hot water or electricity came as a shock to many of the cadets who hadn’t experienced living in such an environment before.

“The terrain was excellent for practising their compass skills along with map reading in hilly and wooded terrain.”