Tag Archives: canoeing

Finn Sappersoaker 2017 – 71 Engr Regt

Unit: 71 Engr Regt
Location: Belize
Date: April 2017
Activities: Canoeing, diving
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever” - Jacques Yves Cousteau 27 soldiers from 71 Royal Engineer Regiment have completed a two week multi activity expedition to Belize. Meeting in Heathrow on Easter Monday 2017 after travelling from Northern Ireland and Scotland, 12 divers...

Ex Loch Shiel Wilderness Open Canoe – Marine Society and Sea Cadets

Unit: Marine Society & Sea Cadets – Paddlesport Team
Location: Loch Shiel, Scotland
Date: July 2016
Activities: Canoeing
The 2016 Scot-Paddle with the Sea Cadets aimed to Open Canoe the reverse route taken by Bonnie Prince Charlie on his return to Scotland in the year 1745, by journeying from Glenfinnan to the sea.  The objective was to take a group of cadets and let them work as a...

Ex Viking Trail – Sherborne Combined Cadet Force

Unit: Sherborne CCF
Location: Norway, Stavanger
Date: July 2016
Activities: Trekking, Canoeing
This year’s Sherborne CCF Summer Camp involving 12 personnel was a trip to the breath-taking scenery of the Setesdal Valley in Southern Norway to undertake the Viking Trail which comprised hiking and canoeing phases. The aim was to enable the cadets to experience an expedition that would enhance their self-reliance...

Ex KwaZulu-Natal Venturer – ACF and CCF (Army)

Unit: ACF & CCF (Army)
Location: South Africa
Date: July 2016
Activities: Trekking
This ambitious, adventurous and demanding expedition is one of the most successful mounted by the Army Cadet movement following two years of planning.  It comprised of two independent groups sub-divided into the three AT activity teams – the Tugela River descent and the Drackensberg and Zulu Trail treks.  The ethos...

Ex Yukon Adventure – Sussex Wing ATC

Unit: Sussex Wing ATC
Location: Yukon, Canada
Date: August 2016
Activities: Canoeing
Between the 10th and 25th August 2016 eight cadets and four staff embarked on a Sussex Air Cadets led expedition deep into the Yukon Territory of Canada. The main thrust of the trip was a 369km self-sufficient paddle in Open Canoes from the maintenance camp on Quiet Lake to a...

Ex Rocky Blue – Cambridge UOTC

Unit: Cambridge UOTC
Location: USA
Date: August 2015
Activities: Canoeing, Trekking, Exploring
Exercise Rocky Blue began with the excellent book ‘Undaunted Courage’ by Stephen E Ambrose which provides a fascinating study of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806. Inspired by the adventures of those pioneering gentlemen, Cambridge University Officer Training Corps planned and organised an expedition to re-trace part of their...

Expedition Red Maple Leaf 2015 – 1955 (City of Wells) Sqn ATC

Unit: 1955 City of Wells Sqn
Location: Canada
Date: August 2015
Activities: Canoeing, Trekking
On Tuesday 18th August 2015, 15 bright eyed and bushy tailed British Air Cadets from 1955 City of Wells Sqn set of on an adventure of a life time to Ontario Canada, flying into Toronto international Airport. We arrived at rush hour and our convoy wound its way around various...

Knoydart Wilderness Open Canoe 2015 – Marine Society and Sea Cadets

Unit: Marine Society & Sea Cadets – Paddlesport Team
Location: Knoydart, Scotland
Date: July 2015
Activities: Canoeing
The 2015 Scot-Paddle with the Sea Cadets was probably the best way in my opinion to experience the wild and beautiful nature of Scotland for the first time. Our six days paddling and camping on Loch Morar and Loch Nevis was an awesome experience.  From the bug infested fields, to...

Ex Northern Venturer Jebel-Tarik 2014 – Calday Grange Grammar School CCF

Unit: Calday Grange Grammar School CCF
Location: Gibraltar
Date: October 2014
Activities: Dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking, powerboating and water-skiing.
Between 24 and 31 October 2014, nineteen Royal Navy CCF cadets (12 male and 7 female) and three staff members from Calday Grange Grammar School (Wirral, Merseyside) travelled to Gibraltar for an adventure training expedition. The chosen expedition name, as above, is as a result of an MOD requirement that all cadet...

Vietnam Venturer 2014 – 2391 (Parkstone) Squadron ATC

Unit: 2391 (Parkstone) Squadron ATC
Location: Vietnam
Date: October 2014
Activities: Mountain climbing, hiking, canoeing, cycling, rock climbing
When initial planning for this expedition started the aim was to provide cadets with the environment to develop personal and team skills and to take them out of their “comfort zone”. With the emphasis being on Adventure Training one of the goals would be the reaching the top of Mount...

Ex Canpaddy Finn 2014 – Regional Training Centre (NI)

Unit: 2 Royal Irish;152 TPT REG RLC; 32 Signal Regt; 5 RMP 243 Pro Company
Location: Canada
Date: July 2014
Activities: Multi-activity
A group of 10 staff and instructors from the Regional Training Centre, Northern Ireland (RTC(NI) recently took part in Ex CANPADDY FINN - a 14 day exercise based at Trails End Camp (TEC) in the Canadian Rockies. The group included staff members from the Royal Irish, RLC, Royal Signals and...

Ex Acorn Adventure 2014 – 218 (Rotherham) Squadron Air Training Corps

Unit: 218 (Rotherham) Squadron ATC
Location: Ardres, France
Date: July 2014
Activities: Multi-activity
At 5am on 22nd July, 45 people met in a quiet street in Rotherham. Their common aim was to experience a range of outdoor adventurous activities. A coach arrived, with fake leather bright orange seats and a driver named Tristan. The journey was to begin which would lead to the...

Exercise Cadet Paddle 2014 – Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training

Unit: Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training
Location: Loire Region, France
Date: May 2014
Activities: Canoeing, kayaking
It had been two years since CCAT had organised an overseas canoeing expedition.  In the preceding years we had dipped our toes in a few areas in Europe, the Pyrenees 2011 and Brianćon 2012 and whilst both were moderately successful neither area had been able to offer a broad range...

1435 – ‘Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon’ – Wiltshire, London

Unit: Southampton UOTC
Location: Wiltshire, London
Date: March 2013
Activities: Canoeing
Saturday 30th March marked the start of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon for members of Southampton UOTC. Unknown to the crew, it would be the coldest, most gruelling conditions ever seen in DW history. The DW race involves kayaking 125 miles from the quaint town of Devizes in Wiltshire...

1396 – ‘Cadet Odyssey’ – South Island, New Zealand (Fjordland, Mt Cook)

Unit: Kent / Sussex Wings ATC
Location: South Island, New Zealand (Fjordland, Mt Cook)
Date: February 2013
Activities: Canoeing & Mountaineering
Twelve cadets and staff have just returned from a Sussex Wing ATC led expedition to South Island, New Zealand, made possible thanks to a year of planning and fund raising activities, and the generous support of among others the Ulysses Trust and the Singleton Trust via HQ Air Cadets. The expedition...