‘Carefree fun and adventure’ for Army Cadets

Cadet Sergeant Yasmin Andrews (17) from Larne.  Summer Camp provided a perfect opportunity for Yasmin to take a break from her duties this year as Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for the County of Antrim.
Cadet Sergeant Yasmin Andrews (17) from Larne. Summer Camp provided a perfect opportunity for Yasmin to take a break from her duties this year as Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant's Cadet for the County of Antrim.

East Antrim teenagers have been making the most of their school holidays, packing outdoor adventure, sport and fun into an annual two-week Cadet camp in England.

Members from Ballycarry, Ballyclare, Carrickfergus, Greenisland, Larne, Monkstown, Newtownabbey and Whitehead have been tackling a vast range of outdoor activities at Altcar.

Forging friendships and making memories are Monkstown Cadets, Ellie-Mae Wilson (14) and Claire Hamilton (16).

Forging friendships and making memories are Monkstown Cadets, Ellie-Mae Wilson (14) and Claire Hamilton (16).

Among those taking part was Cadet Sergeant Yasmin Andrews (17), from Larne, who is Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the County of Antrim.

Colonel David Kane, Cadet Commandant 1st (Northern Ireland) Battalion Army Cadet Force, said: “Annual camp is a traditional highpoint of our year, and for some very good reasons.

“As far as the Cadets are concerned, it’s all about two weeks of carefree fun and adventure spent in the company of friends, while, for parents, it’s a chance to give their children an action-packed and fully supervised summer experience without breaking the bank.

“Every parent knows how difficult and expensive it can be to fill the kids’ school holidays with challenging fun activities.

Ready to tackle a day of adventure are 14-year-old Cadets Reece Tufts and Jennifer Irwin, of Monkstown Detachment Army Cadet Force.

Ready to tackle a day of adventure are 14-year-old Cadets Reece Tufts and Jennifer Irwin, of Monkstown Detachment Army Cadet Force.

“Cadet life opens the door to all sorts of opportunities and everything is either totally free or deliberately low in cost ... we even provide our members with free uniforms and we try to keep the two-week camp experience at under a hundred pounds so that it is affordable for most families.

“Importantly, parents know that their kids are well supervised by expert adult leaders who will make sure that everyone is involved in every activity. They know the Cadet movement is as much committed to building confidence and friendships as it is to building skills.

“Our Cadets embraced every opportunity brought to them at this year’s Summer Camp, held at Altcar, near Liverpool, with great good humour and seemingly boundless energy.”

Colonel Kane continued: “Now, following a summer packed with challenge and achievement, they’ll be turning their attention to their annual new membership campaign and I am sure they will all become highly persuasive recruiters as they invite local teenagers to come along and see what Cadet life has to offer.”

16-year-old Cadet Lance Corporal Zara Watson from Greenisland found plenty to smile about during Summer camp '18.

16-year-old Cadet Lance Corporal Zara Watson from Greenisland found plenty to smile about during Summer camp '18.

Enjoying their time at Camp are 14-year-old Ballyclare Detachment Cadet Lance Corporals, Matthew Marron (left) and Rhys Lorimer.

Enjoying their time at Camp are 14-year-old Ballyclare Detachment Cadet Lance Corporals, Matthew Marron (left) and Rhys Lorimer.

16-year-old Cadet Lance Corporals Jordan Glenn (left) and Jamie Montgomery, members of Ballyclare Detachment Army Cadet Force.

16-year-old Cadet Lance Corporals Jordan Glenn (left) and Jamie Montgomery, members of Ballyclare Detachment Army Cadet Force.

14-year-old Cadets Natasha Black and Skye Tufts from Monkstown Detachment.

14-year-old Cadets Natasha Black and Skye Tufts from Monkstown Detachment.