For my first day at cadets I went to squadron 730 at 7pm to meet pilot officer Nick Pidwell. We spoke to him about why I wanted to join cadets and what I thought about my future. I then went outside and started to learn drill and the different manoeuvres you have to make. Later in the evening, we did a team activity where we had to look at a picture of some pipes for 15 seconds, memorise it, then tell our team how to build it, our team won! We then went back to the main room and did a drill to end the session, I accidentally saluted while I was in civilian clothes (you’re not supposed to do that) but luckily no one noticed, few…..!
Day 2 was a week later on Monday, so no one wore their uniforms. We did our start of the session drill and then headed up onto the fields to play games. We played cricket and murder ball, for once in these games I didn’t feel left out or isolated, I had great fun. We all headed back down to our squadron and we learned about safety, when using a radio to communicate. I learned a lot about how to speak to someone over the radio, some of the things I learnt where, not to speak to low, as its harder for the person on the other radio to hear. Not speaking too quietly, not speaking too fast, you also need a good steady rhythm. When using a name of something private or important, you should use a code name e.g. Sunray is the coded name for the leader. We finished lessons, just before 21:30, we lined up in formation and did drill, this time I didn’t salute 🙂
Today was a great experience at forest school. I helped to manage all the kids, picked some nettles and made nettle tea…Yummy. I was also in charge of chopping wood and keeping the fire going. I even helped with some first aid and kept the kids calm and entertained. We made a huge nest out of twigs and leaves, it was big enough to sit in. Finally we made birds out of clay and made mini nests for them, it was alot of fun!
Today I was very scared that I was late, luckily I wasn’t, but everyone had already lined up, so I just walked into my area and carried on the drill. We were separated into small groups, so we could specifically work on things we needed to get better at. It was very helpful, we did that for the first half and then we had tryouts for the continuity drill team and I passed and got picked! We finished the session with drill and this time I didn’t salute :). I’m really getting the hang of things and I’m over the moon that I got into the continuity drill team I just love cadets.
Today was all about getting better at ironing your uniform, moulding hats, tying ties, sewing on badges and polishing shoes. I learnt a lot and it was really handy as I’ve had limited experience of these things. On the topic of uniform, I got my greens today (Yeahhhh), the uniform consists of camouflage trousers, camo jacket, BIG black boots, cadet beret and a belt (I don’t have the proper belt yet).
Today, we filled little plastic bags with wet cotton wool and placed a bean seed inside. The plastic bag help the bean sprout as it creates extra humidity. We can start to germinate our own beans in a bag. I also read to some of the children and helped them make caterpillars out of tights (grass seed and mud). When the grass grows, it will look like a hairy caterpillar. We also planted flowers and made fences around the flower bed, to stop people from stepping on them. Finally, we made nettle tea and potato salad, with edible wild flowers (Yummy).
Today we wore our greens and hiked to the woods. At the woods we played two games of hide and seek, where we had 2 minutes to hide, then a troop of people would try and find us. We played that and man hunt until it got dark. The aim of man hunt was one person from each team had to hide and we would form one long line, stretching across the whole Forest and search. In the end, our team leader found the hiding person. Once it was dark, we played capture the flag, with glow sticks. Unfortunately our team lost, I didn’t get out, but it was a great team building experience! We then headed back to base, once we got back I grabbed my drink and drank the whole thing, as I had forgotten to take it with me. Then we did our end of session formations and this time I could salute because I had my uniform on! Yeah…
Today I read a book to the children, with some handmade props. The book was called the hungry caterpillar and this was great, as we were learning about butterflies. We also did a barefoot walk in mud, pretending we were butterflies that taste with their feet. We also painted their life cycle, various butterflies and flowers. We played a game about butterflies and birds (birds being the predator and butterfly’s being the prey) also I helped make the berry tea and I played fairy princesses and bee princes, with all the children, the children had a lot of fun. At the end of the session, we made whistles out of wood and leaves. It made a kind of kazoo noise, it was great fun. Finally for snacks (we always make a food item to snack on) we made burritos and heated them up on the fire, we did a lot today and it was great fun.
Today we all met at Truro train station and were allocated groups of children to look after. My two girls were lovely, we got on the train and set off to the maritime museum in Falmouth. Our learning session was about time, we did the study outside of the museum and also made some paper clocks. We taught the kids about time and then played a fun game of “What’s the time Mr Wolf”. Then we all headed back to the train station only to realise, we were so caught up learning about time no one had checked the time and we had missed the train! Fortunately we were only delayed 20 min and we got back to Truro, safely just 20 minutes after we’d planned. I learnt a lot about time keeping and that when you have something planned you should always keep an eye on time or you’ll potentially miss, what you wanted to do.
Today the continuity team practised the drill, I learnt the moves pretty quickly but it was quit difficult. Thankfully I wasn’t late today, as I didn’t feel like going up to one of the cadets, and saying “permission to fall in”. Unfortunately the Padre wasn’t in, so I couldn’t officially become an actual sworn in cadet :(. The second part of the evening was theory, this involved us working in our books and reading up and answering questions about radios, I got quite a bit of work done. Then we ended the session with second drill and yet again I wasn’t allowed to salute, I can’t wait to get my uniform.
Woohoo, today I became an official air cadet. At the end of the day during last drill the padre said “Hereby solemnly promise on my honour, to serve my unit loyally and to be faithful to my obligations as a member of the air training corps. I further promise to be a good citizen and to do my duty to god and the queen, my country and my flag”. Before that though we played lots of team games and then for the second half we got a talk from the padre. Super, super excited yeaaaaahhhhhhh
Today was an induction day and I met with three of the four girls who attend regularly. They were all very, very friendly and welcoming :). They showed me around the place, then we ate lunch together. We played some games, built some dens and did a little skating. I was a little nervous before I went, but the lovely girls made me feel very welcome 🙂 . Can’t wait for next week…. Oh yes,forgot to say, they have dance classes and drama, Woohoo.
Today we travelled to a placed called Trewoon, near St Austell, and learnt about the Arctic and the Antarctic. We also learned about how the animals adapted to the climate and weather. We played games about how penguins slide and how helpful polar bears blubber is. Also what we as humans can use to keep warm, while in climates like that, it was very interesting. We also build some igloo type dens.
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Today at the very beginning of the session, I had to climb up a tree, then catch a knife and cut pieces of rope down. It was a lot of fun, thank goodness I was born with long legs and arms. Then we did lots of art projects such as smashing flowers to make them leak colour onto a piece of material. We also made flowers with sharpies-scissors and paper plates. Also we had lots of books to read and loads of games to play, it was my perfect sort of day, very artistic. The theme was butterflies so everything we made had something to do either butterflies or flowers it was a very fun session.
Today I stood at the gate for the first time it was cool I felt very powerful but I’m not as I’m not even first rank cadet yet. We did sporting activities one of the corporals (which are the older cadets) got me out first when we were playing dodge ball (he hit me in the head) and because he felt bad he let me join his team which was really cool, we also played two rounds of tug of war first the girls where on team 1 and team 1 one! And then all the girls where moved to team 2 there were only 4 girls and team 2 one! So it was obviously the girls who were the strongest. We then went for tuck, for the second session we also played sports games but this time we played bench ball and both teams tied, we then ended the session with a 20-minute drill it went on for quite a while my legs got really tired.
Today we did team games again and I stood at the gate for the second time I just love it its so cool, the team games we played where dodge ball, man hunt 3 times, a miming game, trying to swap people on the bench with that one I was aloud to tell them what to do and my team one yay, with the man hunt we played 3 times and it was getting very tiring on the third round i had to find and catch people it was great fun. We then did drill to end the day as usual.
Today I went to the Japanese gardens with my friend Megan who’s six her brother whose 5 and there mum Kim we stayed there for about 2 and a half hours looking around the beautiful gardens there where pools of water with cool looking water features that tipped over to water thing when they got too heavy at one side we also drew a picture of a beautiful water fall there were lots of sculptures of dragons and temples that had money in them it was very beautiful and serene there with the only sound being the water.
Today we learnt about the temperate conditions (the conditions that we live in) we learnt about the animals that live here and what grows in the uk during winter, summer, autumn and spring we then built dens pretending they were hides that animals build. It was very rainy while we were there and we all ended up soaked through it was a very fun session.
Today I went to a pottery ad looked around the museum with lots of children that where my age, it was great we also saw an old potter who taught us how to throw a pot on the potters wheel, after that we went to a room to make a bowl or a cup I chose a bowl and decorated it with a sun and blue paint around the rim i was very proud of it, after that we got the train to get back to truro.