I don't post much about the cadet program, due to my overprotective privacy issues, but as I post less and less through the winter, I thought I'd give you a glimpse into how I spent my weekend.
Our Air Cadet Squadron, for which I am a Civilian Instructor, did a weekend field training exercise. We went to a summer camp, so there was real shelter, running water, working bathrooms, and a kitchen. They are kids after all, so we don't throw them to the wolves. Still, they learn how to set up arctic tents, which the seniors slept in on Saturday night, and how to build improvised shelters with logs, twigs, tarps, and string.
The cadets learned how to build a quinzee during our fall FTX, so were eager to grab shovels and get to work on the huge snow piles the ploughs had built for them through the winter. That's #4 in the entrance way of one of the tunnels they dug. This was his first cadet trip, having just turned 12 last week.
They had lessons on stargazing, and the opportunity to see Jupiter and several constellations in the night sky.