As a member of the RAFAC, all cadets have the opportunity to experience camps, whether that be a weekend camp, an annual camp to an RAF station or Adventure Training Centre, or an overseas camp. Camps get you out and about and give you a taste of what RAF personnel experience. They’re also some of the most enjoyable and memorable things you’ll do. Usually based around adventurous activities (especially fieldcraft), this is where you take control of your new abilities and put them to the test.

Once you’re used to local camps you’ll want more. Every year, you’re given the opportunity to attend a camp on an operational RAF station. These camps last a week (normally Saturday to Saturday or Wednesday to Wednesday) with the purpose of getting you even closer to Service life. As an air cadet, you’ll fit right in. You’ll sleep in RAF accommodation blocks, eat at the airmen’s mess and visit the various sections around the station. You’ll meet the base personnel, as well as take part in sports, quizzes, aircraft recognition competitions and any social activities which may be available. There will be drill, uniform and room inspections, and everything will earn points for you as an individual and for your team.

Each RAF station has an Air Cadet Liaison Officer (ACLO) who will ensure that the camp runs smoothly and that you get support and as many opportunities to do things as possible.

Click here to read CWO Paige Eave’s experience of camps in the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, or click on one of the images below to find out about specific camps:

International Air Cadet Exchange

National Aerospace Camp

Drill and Ceremonial Camp

Adventure Training camps