Posted on: 10 July 2019
After an 11-hour journey, the TPS CCF Cadets arrived at Barry Buddon training camp near Dundee last Saturday afternoon. They settled quickly into their accommodation before parading with the other 300 cadets on camp from all over the UK.
Sunday was spent revising weapon handling and principles of marksmanship in preparation for the range day on Tuesday. The cadets also practised section attacks, fire and manoeuvre and how to work as a section, ready for the exercise at the end of the week. Staff even ambushed them on their way back to camp!
After a hard day of training, the cadets ended the day with a traditional piper playing for end parade. Despite being tired, the cadets found time to play friendly rugby with cadets from Lucton School until dark.
Monday morning began with Reveille played by a bugler from cadets badged to the Coldstream Guards- a great way to be woken up. After breakfast the cadets boarded a bus to take them to Monikie Country Park for a morning of water sports. With their Churcher’s friends, the cadets paddle boarded and canoed around the reservoir. After lunch in the sun they went to Carnoustie to enjoy the beach and ice cream, and on the way back to camp stopped at 45 Royal Marine Commando Falklands Memorial. The cadets shared their joint knowledge of the conflict before paying their respects to those from the unit who fell in the Northern Ireland Troubles, the Falklands War, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Tuesday was a range day a round robin of activities, and today, Cadets are taking part in a ‘round robin’ of activities starting with the target rifle on the range with regular soldiers from the Scots Guard. To round off the week there will be Exercise ‘Striking Lion’.