CCF: Brenscombe Adventure Training
On the 27th May, the new recruits of Bournemouth School’s Combined Cadet Force were introduced to the countless opportunities available to them as part of the CCF. Whilst their friends spent another day in the classroom, the Year Nine cadets took part in the annual Brenscombe Adventure Training day with activities including high ropes, abseiling and rock climbing to name but a few.
The day gives the cadets the opportunity to mix with and get to know their counterparts in BS and BSG, with whom they shall be working with throughout their time in the CCF. Team building is a key part of the day, with the activities encouraging the cadets to work together. Whether that be belaying another cadet up the climbing wall, or trying to fit as many of the team onto a high-ropes platform as possible, the situations provided the chance to develop their teamwork skills.
From treetop gladiator fighting to hanging upside-down on a suspended log, the variety of fear-provoking activities ensured every cadet was individually challenged.
Jim Dence reports on his experience:
‘I think I speak for all the CCF when I say we had an amazing time. Personally my favourite part of the day was Jacob’s Ladder, because teamwork was absolutely vital to get higher up. My group was not the tallest, however with each other’s help, we managed to get to the second top log!’
Alex Strowger similarly enjoyed getting to know the other cadets, stating
‘it was a great day of teamwork, and I got to work with people I had never even talked to before.’
It takes just a glance at the CCF notice board to realise the world of opportunity in the cadet force. From days to weeks, diving to flying, local to international, these camps and courses are provided to the CCF throughout the year, and cadets are encouraged to take advantage of all the experiences available to them.
The Bournemouthian extends thanks to Mr. Graham for contributing the photographs used in this article.