Cumbria Army Cadet Force has selected 38 lucky cadets for its first overseas adventurous training expedition in 20 years! The cadets will travel by coach to Heathrow at the end of May 2017 where they will fly to Larnaca, Cyprus and on to Troodos Station, which is the oldest remaining British Military base. This is a unique opportunity for the cadets to see the British Army at work abroad. The cadets will complete a challenging expedition in the Troodos Mountains, climbing and camping for three days and two nights on Mount Olympus.
The cadets will also be treated to a trip to Nicosia for a tour of the United Nations Headquarters, where they will meet the UN British Contingent (BRITCON) and complete the military swimming test ready for a day of water sports and adventure training at Episkopi Garrison. The cadets will also meet the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (1 LANCS) for a day of shooting and military training on the ranges.
The lucky cadets from around the county have been selected after undergoing a rigorous selection process based on their commitment and attitude to training, completion of an Easter camp expedition, an exemplary disciplinary record and overall physical ability to complete the challenges of the expedition. Funding has kindly been made available by the Sellafield Contractors Group Charity Committee.
Col Anthony Steven, Commandant Cumbria ACF, said: “I am immensely pleased that Cumbria ACF will be putting on this exercise for our cadets. Completing an expedition in the Troodos Mountains to climb Mount Olympus, visiting the United Nations in Nicosia and spending a day on water-based challenge pursuits will create lifetime memories for those cadets taking part. It has always been my belief that no cadet should be left behind because their parents cannot afford to send them. I am keen to talk to any organisation who would be willing to sponsor a cadet or help support this expedition financially.”
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