At 1019 Squadron, there are various opportunities to attend a number of camps during the year at Easter and in the summer.
Easter Camp - Our annual Easter camp sees us heading off to Garelochhead, where, with other Squadrons from the Wing, we enjoy 5 days of adventure and fun. This camp is a week jammed pack with field craft, shooting and military skills. You will learn how to do camouflage and concealment, leadership and initiative skills, shooting and marksmen, tactical and scenario evaluations and many, many more things. This is a great camp if you love being outside and if your full of energy; it is both mental and physically challenging and will give you opportunities you can't get from anywhere else.
Summer Camps - 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. Cadets over 16 may receive a work experience placement whilst on the camp where they see first-hand exactly what a job within the Royal Air Force involves.
Everyone will normally get a flight in one of the Air Experience Flight's Tutor aircraft and being on an RAF station puts you in a perfect position to get opportunity flights on other aircraft which may have a few spare seats. Helicopter flight anyone?
Overseas Camps - This is where it gets really interesting! Once you've attended annual camp, proven yourself as a leader and have reached the age of 15, you're ready for an overseas camp at one of our RAF stations in Gibraltar, Cyprus or Germany.These camps are more relaxed as all of you involved are pretty experienced by this point. There's less focus on drill and inspections and more on the other aspects of camp, such as work experience with RAF personnel and looking around local towns (like Limassol in Cyprus) and exploring historical sites.
An overseas camp is a must and it's not surprising that places are limited. Applying for one is just the beginning - you may have to fend off competition from within your own squadron to get an interview. Only after this will you discover if you've been chosen to attend overseas camp and become the envy of your squadron!
Visits - Whether is a trip to the local Fire Station, or a trip to the Royal Airforce Museum in London, 1019 Squadron offers some great experiences. Trips can be local, or as far away as London, where we catch the sleeper down, and spend as much time as possible visiting as many different attractions such as the RAF War Memorial, the RAF Museum and HMS Belfast.