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North Belfast cadets ready to spread the camping bug


Shankill Cadets Rebecca Johnston and Courtney Quinn

Shankill Cadets Rebecca Johnston and Courtney Quinn

Shankill Cadets Rebecca Johnston and Courtney Quinn

Teenage Cadets in North Belfast are encouraging others to get involved after returning from their highly successful Annual Camp.

The Shankill teens travelled to Otterburn in Northumberland, where they spent a fortnight living under canvas and learning to fend for themselves.

The camp is aimed at helping teenagers aged between 12 and 18, try new sports and activities, acquire new skills, get fit and build their CVs.

As one of the highlights of the Cadet calendar year cadets were encouraged to take part in outdoor adventure training, sports, team building and make friends.

Following the success a recruitment campaign has been launched by Shankill Cadets aimed at parents who would like to introduce increased self reliance and motivation to their children.

Parents and young people are now being encouraged to visit their local Cadet unit unit for a 'show and tell' session that could be the start of a whole new interest.

Colonel Maurice Warnock, Cadet Commandant of 2nd Northern Ireland Battalion Army Cadet Force, says, "We have great open and schools detachments in North Belfast - and, indeed, others across the city and beyond - with some hugely enthusiastic and high achieving Cadets, supported by superb adult Instructors, but we're always keen to attract still more members.

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"Our young people have returned from Annual Camp on a real 'high' and they are ready to spread the word about their favourite hobby. They tell us that, as the dull days of winter are approaching, now is the perfect moment to be throwing open our doors to new members so that's exactly what we're doing.

"Our Cadets are a very friendly bunch but we recognise that some potential recruits may feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of walking into a completely new environment for the first time, but mums and dads are welcome to come along to ease that introduction. Who knows – we may even recruit them as potential Adult Instructors, for we are always on the lookout for adults who have the right qualities to learn to lead and inspire Cadets.

"Adults and teenagers alike are delighted to discover an organisation which offers exciting, constructive and active alternatives to endless hours in front of a computer or television screen. The Cadet movement provides great opportunities within a safe and welcoming environment for everything from adventure training and sports to earning accredited skills and building an impressive CV. The good news, in the current tough climate, is that everything our Cadets undertake is either free or extremely low in cost."

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