Epsom College CCF under Canvas

The College CCF has had a busy week with around 300 cadets involved in a number of activities, 260 of whom were Epsom College CCFout on overnight camps.

On Tuesday afternoon, both the RAF section and the U4 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award group hiked from the College to the Boidier Hurst Scout Camp for an overnight camp.

Walking with backpacks carrying all their equipment and food, the cadets used their map reading skills to find their way from the College to the campsite near Box Hill, where they put up tents and cooked their evening meal.

Meanwhile, the entire M4 year group experienced their first overnight CCF exercise in Aldershot on Tuesday where they put their campcraft skills to the test.

The following day they participated in a number of activities to learn new skills, such as first aid, and also engaged in some leadership tasks.

The Initiative Group undertook a map and orienteering exercise on Field Day on Wednesday, which involved a 12 kilometre walk from Dunsfold to Hambledon and back, while the Royal Navy section undertook a sailing exercise at Ripley.

Elsewhere, some 24 U4 cadets travelled to the Pirbright Training Area for a 36 hour infantry training exercise. The cadets were split into eight-man sections and had to undertake a variety of missions, including a close target reconnaissance of an enemy position, a night ambush and a platoon attack.

These activities were led by L6th NCOs as part of their leadership training programme.

CCF activities will continue immediately after the end of term with the Army section on camp at St Martin's Plain in Folkestone, whilst the RAF section have an adventurous training camp in the Lake District.

Some 50 cadets undertaking their Silver Duke of Edinburgh's Award will be making a practice expedition in the Wye Valley before completing their final expedition in the Brecon Beacons in August.