Gad’s CCF contingent was joined by Headmaster Mr Savage on a recent outdoor exercise, which saw the troops spend the night sleeping under the stars.

The 25-strong 13-15-year-olds, including many L4s experiencing their first CCF camp, were challenged to set-up base camp in local woodlands. Mereworth Woods is a large area of just between Maidstone and West Malling, used by the British Army for training during the Second World War.

Mr Savage praised the cohort on their ‘willingness to step out of their usual comfort zone’. Read the Headmaster’s camp report to find out more:

“On arrival at the Ministry of Defence estate, the CCF cadets set to constructing their basher shelters on the forest floor before tucking in to warming army ration packs, all cooked on personal stoves. As dusk arrived, they practised their patrolling manoeuvres and then attempted to slip past the watchful CCF staff in a late night lantern game!

Sunrise woke the cohort early on Saturday morning and after breakfast and the speedy clearing away of the woodland camp, the enthusiastic Gad’s pupils took part in a series of expertly delivered sessions on setting and escaping from ambush and other field-craft activities.

The co-operation and teamwork of the cadets has been fantastic to see. Our older students do a superb job of encouraging and leading the younger members and everybody is so supportive of each other. These are exactly the traits that we look to develop in school, and why the CCF is a core element of our curriculum.

Even a little rain on Saturday morning couldn’t dampen spirits. My thanks as ever go to the tireless team of adults who give up their weekends to make such exciting opportunities available to our pupils.”



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