Tag Archives: combined cadet force

Trans Andes Expedition 2017

Unit: Budmouth College CCF
Location: Ecuador
Date: July 2017
Activities: Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Jungle School
For cadets from Budmouth College the adventure started a little early as the American Airlines Boeing pushed back at Miami after the catering was struck by lightning. As the aircraft taxied to the runway the most violent of thunderstorms erupted over the airfield. There the plane sat for three hours...

Baltic Pelican – Ardingly College CCF

Unit: Ardingly College CCF
Location: Sweden, Finland, Baltic Sea
Date: July 2017
Activities: Sailing
Exercise Baltic Pelican was the Summer Sailing Expedition for Ardingly College Combined Cadet Force (CCF) undertaken between the 16th and 22nd of July 2017. The Expedition sailed across the Baltic (hence the expedition name) from Stockholm in Sweden to Turku in Finland. There are no Pelicans in the Baltic but it...

Arctic Tundra Venture 2017 – Oldham Hulme Grammar School CCF

Unit: Oldham Hulme GS CCF
Location: Swedish Lapland - NE Sweden
Date: April 2017
Activities: Dog sledding, winter survival
As a CCF Adventurous Training Officer, and Winter Mountain Leader I felt privileged to be able to organise, and take a group of Cadets from the Oldham Hulme Combined Cadet Force on their expedition to NE Lapland in Arctic Sweden. The expedition was the culmination of 18 months...

Ex Norwegian Troll 2 Caldeian Adventure – Calday Grange CCF

Unit: Calday Grange Grammar School CCF
Location: Norway – Hovden, Aust-Agder
Date: February 2017
Activities: Skiing
5 years ago, ‘someone’ suggested it would be a fantastic idea to take Calday Grange CCF Cadets to Norway for a ‘bit of Adventure Training’, 2 years later it happened, and who could have predicted how successful it would have been? Certainly the constant questions from cadets about whether there’d...

Ex Canford Norwegian Venturer Tiger – Canford School CCF

Unit: Canford School CCF
Location: Norway, Hovden (Hardangervidda)
Date: February 2017
Activities: Skiing
Thirty three year ten cadets from the Canford School CCF consumed with excitement and anticipation, together with three teaching staff and seven instructors converged on Hovden at the southern end of the Norwegian mountains on a cold clear and starry evening in February to be met by Jerry Dolan, the...

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...

Operation Venturer Tarik – Calday Grange CCF (RN Section)

Unit: Calday Grange CCF Royal Navy Section
Location: Gibraltar
Date: October 2016
Activities: Watersports
Between 21 and 28 October 2016, nineteen Royal Navy CCF cadets (10 male and 9 female) and three staff members from Calday Grange Grammar School (Wirral, Merseyside) travelled to Gibraltar for an adventure training expedition. The expedition name comes from the MOD requirements that cadet expeds should include the word Venturer. ...

Moonlands 2016 – Budmouth College CCF

Unit: Budmouth College CCF
Location: Ladakh, Kashmir, India
Date: July 2016
Activities: White water rafting, trekking, mountain biking
The aim of our Moonlands venture was to foster leadership skills in our senior cadets through a programme of adventurous training for five weeks in the Ladakh region of the Tibetan Plateau. This is a unique area, long isolated by the high peaks, which still forbid land access for eight months...

Tall Ships Challenger 2016 – Selly Oak Trust School CCF

Unit: Selly Oak Trust School KES CCF
Location: Solent
Date: June 2016
Activities: Offshore sailing
Monday 27th June 2016 saw ten eager sailors from Selly Oak Trust School Birmingham, which is one of the largest for young people with special educational needs in Europe, depart for Portsmouth to take part in a Tall Ships Expedition. The group consisted of six 6th Form students and four...

Summer Newsletter 2016

Nothing beats an English summer, relaxing outside in the afternoon sun with the soothing sounds of the village cricket match filtering through on the light breeze, a cool drink in one hand, and a copy of the Ulysses Trust summer newsletter in the other. In this edition we focus on the...

Finn Venturer 2016 – Royal Belfast Academical Institution CCF

Unit: Royal Belfast Academical Institution Combined Cadet Force
Location: Tenerife, Spain
Date: February 2016
Activities: Rock Climbing
Royal Belfast Academical Institution CCF deployed 9 Senior Cadets and 2 Officers for a rock climbing exercise in Tenerife on 16 – 23 February 2016. This exercise had been months in planning and everyone was delighted to finally receive full clearance. It would mark the first ever overseas AT Exercise...

Canford Norwegian Venturer – Canford School CCF

Unit: Canford School & Wellington College CCFs
Location: Norway, Hovden (Hardangervidda)
Date: February 2016
Activities: Skiing
Preamble The Canford School CCF has been venturing to Norway for some twenty years now; a significant number of them generously supported by the Ulysses Trust and the expedition has become somewhat of an institution with many cadets over the years describing it as the best thing they did at Canford....

Himalaya Expedition – Bury Grammar School CCF

Unit: Bury Grammar School CCF
Location: Ladakh region, Indian Himalayas
Date: July 2015
Activities: Trekking
After a busy year of fundraising, fitness training, paperwork, kit research, trips to the vaccination clinic and briefing weekends my adventure finally began. On the 21st of July 2015 I travelled to India with the Royal Geographical Society and the British Exploring Society. The team consisted of twelve Trainee Leaders, fifty ‘young explorers’ between the ages...

Ex RGS Island Venturer – Royal Grammar School Guildford CCF

Unit: Royal Grammar School, Guildford
Location: Montserrat
Date: July 2015
Activities: Diving, Trekking
At the beginning of July a team from the RGS, Guildford CCF set out on an expedition to the Caribbean Island of Montserrat. Montserrat is a British Overseas Territory that hit the headline news in 1995 due to the reawakening of its volcano leading to a mass-evacuation of the islanders...