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Reserve Forces & Cadets Association
Northern Ireland



14 May 2018

Learning came out of the classroom and into the Great Outdoors for Northern Ireland Army Cadets recently as they enjoyed adventure, sport and camaraderie at the Spring Cadet Camps held at Ballykinler and Magilligan Cadet Centres.

The cadets, from the 80+ detachments across the Province tackled everything from orienteering to open air cooking, gaining new skills and making new friendships along the way.

Colonel Keith Dowell, Commandant of 2nd (Northern Ireland) Battalion Army Cadet Force, said, “Our Cadets are always up for an escape from routine and it’s so much the better when the programme on offer includes plenty of fun, adventure and sports.  For the kids, it’s a great break from the pressures of study, but Cadet Camp is also very much a learning experience, packed with both mental and physical challenges.

“Understandably, Cadet Camps have huge appeal for mums and dads who are delighted to see their teenagers abandon the computer screen and mobile phone in favour of fun with real-life rather than virtual friends.  Parents can be confident that, at Cadet Camp, their kids will be professionally taught and supervised by adults who will encourage them to achieve more than they might ever have thought possible, all within an inclusive and friendly set up.

“We’re strongly focused on helping our Cadets build great memories as well as new skills and, at a time when most families are feeling the financial pinch, we’re happy to do that without breaking the hard-pressed Bank of Mum & Dad!  All the activities which make up the Cadet experience are either totally free or very low in cost; with the exception of footwear, we even provide our members with free uniforms.”

The cadets are now looking forward to the two week Summer Camp adventures in England.

To find out how your children might benefit from membership of the Army, Sea or Air Cadets in your area, call 0800 730 730 or visit