Island cadets

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Cadets from the Western Isles have shown themselves to be great shots at their annual Army Cadet Force Camp, in Strensall near York.

The cadets, who hail from a 6 detachments have been working with their mainland colleagues to complete various badges, from their basic training badge to their BTEC in Public Service and Duke of Edinburgh.

James Marrow (13) from Harris is was on his first camp.

“Its much better than I thought,” he said. “The shooting has been brilliant and we had fun going on the assault course. We’ve done some fieldcraft, putting up basiers, wearing camouflage and doing concealment exercises.”

They have also been learning important things such as how to keep look after their feet (essential for anyone who is in army boots all day long) and how to ensure that when they are away at camp, they keep all their things dry.

In total 29 cadets came from the Stornaway detachments. There are junior instructors as well.

Iain Stewart (17) is from Back. He is a junior instructor and helping out with the new cadets who are attending their first camp. Currently studying Fabrication and Welding at college. Having been a cadet since he was 12, Iain enjoys the chance to meet up with friends from the mainland who he’s known since his first camp. Iain is a crack shot, one of the best in the battalion, and has a distinction in his BTEC Public Service and is planning to become an Adult Instructor.

He said: “I had a really good time as a cadet and so I decided when I became old enough that it was only fair I give something back, so I am training to become an Adult Instructor.”

Chloe Mclenan (15) from Back is on her first camp. She is really looking forward to the shooting and learning fieldcraft from the others, while Daniel Duncan (13) from Stornaway particularly enjoyed the concealment exercises. Amy McClements (13) also from Stornaway is one of the other first timers.

“I was worried that I would be separated from the others, but you make loads of new friends and meet up with the others regularly. I can’t wait to do the expedition and I’m really looking forward to sleeping out.”

Josie Curry (13) from Stornoway can’t wait to try the paintballing, even though it isn’t a traditional cadet activity.

“I went out into the field yesterday and did camouflage and concealment and was only found once!”

Callum MacLeod (12) from Portree, its his first camp.

“I really enjoyed the mobile assault course and so far I am the fastest in the battalion with a speed of 21 secs to get round it.”

The battalion will be in camp for two weeks, and then on a rest for three weeks, before coming back with a new drive to get some more cadets and Adult Volunteers.

Pic L-R Josie Curry , Chloe McLenan, Daniel Duncan, Iain Stewart and Amy McClements at camp