Fort cadets march to success at annual camp

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Army Cadets from Fort William have returned from a successful fortnight of cadet training in Cumbria.

Twelve cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders’ Fort William Detachment took part in the battalion’s annual camp, held this year at Warcop in Cumbria, alongside almost 280 cadets from across the Highlands, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

Inverness Company on parade. NO F32 Inverness Company on parade
Inverness Company on parade.
NO F32 Inverness Company on parade

The majority of the two weeks saw the cadets from the Inverness Company detachment placed into training cadres, where cadets trained towards the next level of the cadet training syllabus level alongside fellow cadets from the battalion’s various companies and battery at the same level.

During the evenings there were competitions between the companies to encourage friendly rivalry between everyone.

Some of the competitions required skills taught from the syllabus, such as drill and turnout, shooting and fieldcraft, while others were just to encourage some friendly rivalry such as football and swimming.

But it was not all training, testing and competition, with each cadet having ‘non-training days’ while at camp, from a day of rock climbing and abseiling for the junior cadets and also a visit to ITC Catterick for the senior cadets.

The final day of camp ended with the prize giving and although Inverness did not win the ‘Champion Company’ trophy, the cadets took home a few of the major trophies, including the ‘Best Drill Team’ trophy – which was collected by the team’s drill commander, Cadet Company Sergeant Major Kathryn Kelly, 17, from Fort William.