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Adventurous Training (AT)

Every Easter break the contingent holds an Adventurous Training (AT) Camp, which is typically a week long excursion in the UK or sometimes overseas.

Just like the regular and reserve forces, AT is an essential part of cadet training. Taking you out of your comfort zone, you'll find yourself in (carefully managed) situations and challenging environments. It's the place where teamwork really matters - you'll build new friendships, and learn to rely on the other people you're with to get the job done. It also lets you show off your leadership qualities.

How will AT benefit me?

Aside from what I've mentioned above, it's all about building your confidence, overcoming your fears, becoming self-reliant, more resilient, improving strength and endurance too. Oh! of course you get to learn new skills or progress on to further levels.

Attending our AT camp, you'll get to try new activities and develop a taste for action and adventure. If you're already an accomplished adventurer, then its a perfect way to build on logbook experience.

Logbook, why will I need one of those?

Thinking of going to Uni? if you are, you're going to need to write a Personal Statement with your UCAS application. Stand out from other pupils by having something exciting to put in it. Keeping a log of all your adventures will allow you to progress through higher levels in your favourite discipline. You could even become an AT instructor, when your old enough (16+ depending on category) that is. You could also use your instructor qualifications and earn money on a gap year or during your breaks. Want to know more? then scroll to the bottom of this page and read the section about what the Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training  (CCAT) has to offer (or go direct to their website by clicking on the link above, to find out straight from the horses mouth).

The excitement is all too much, where and when is AT camp?

The next proposed AT camp will hopefully be in: Costa Blanca, Spain (subject to enough interest).

The dates are around the: 8th - 13th April 2019 (TBC)

What activities are you offering?

The provisional activities will hopefully be: rock climbing (on proper rock), hillwalking around the magnificent Ifach and Sierra de Bernia mountain, and mountain biking around a national park. We are looking at the possibility of replacing one of the above with sailing, if it can be arranged. Other activities will include cultural visit, bowling, go-karting and a theme park or water park.

 How much will it cost and how do I sign up?

It is estimated to cost around £800 (depending on economies of scale), which includes the travel (destination transfers and flights), food & accommodation (All-inclusive package) and all the activities.

To sign up, click on the 'Apply Here' button. At this stage it is only an expression of interest, if there is sufficient cadets wanting to attend, then we will realise the overseas trip (subject to the Headmasters final approval). Places will be limited to 30 cadets on a first come first serve basis. Once the trip is confirmed we will require a non-refundable deposit of £400 to secure your place. Reserve places are allowed and will be offered in order of priority of signing up.

N.B. Closing date is 12:00 hrs, Monday, 17th December 2018, in order to realise the trip.

Something for everyone

Remember, whatever your personal tastes, nothing is compulsory. There is a wide range of adventurous activities to get stuck into, so if climbing isn't for you perhaps canoeing is. Sometimes what's on offer depends on the location you attend, but everything you do is supervised by qualified trainers who will ensure you get the most out of it.

Between local activities and visits to camps, you will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, caving, mountain biking, offshore sailing and winter sports to name just a few.

Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training (CCAT)

CCAT now offer cadets aged 15 yrs only an opportunity to participate in a 5 day Multi Activity package. These courses are conducted from our locations at Halton in Lancashire and Bavaria in Southern Germany.

Senior Cadets (16+) can embark on a pathway to gain a basic Foundation and Intermediate skills qualification in Summer, Winter and Alpine Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Winter Climbing, Caving, Open Canoeing, Kayaking (Sea & Inland), Skiing (Nordic & Alpine) and Mountain Biking .