CCF Summer Camp 2008
8 July 2008
During the first week of the summer holidays 76 intrepid cadets headed to Nesscliff Camp in Shropshire. They were about to embark upon an action-packed week of varied activities. On Sunday they deployed into the field to begin a two-day training package. The first day had been planned by Morrison's Academy staff and comprised of section attacks and ambushes. The skills were taught by Cadet Sergeant Major Vicki Henderson and Cadet Colour Sergeant Sandy Jackson. The audience was then given a demonstration of how to undertake the various tasks by the Military Skills Squad before being given time to rehearse them in their individual sections. In both cases the sections then had the chance to carry out a blank firing run through of the task. On Monday, 32 Cadet Training Team laid on an outstanding and innovative package which covered arrest techniques, hostage rescue drills and vehicle check point drills. For many this was the high point of the week.
By Tuesday the temperature was starting to rise and the day was split between paint-balling at nearby Rednal and canoeing on Ellesmere. The paint-balling gave the cadets the chance to legally shoot members of staff. However, they did find out that the staff shot back! On Wednesday the Contingent split into four-man Fire Teams and undertook a competition that had been planned by the School's staff. They were tested on a variety of subjects including shooting, First Aid, orienteering, command tasks and observation. In a very closely fought competition James Thomson managed to lead his team to victory.
On Thursday, the second day of Adventure Training began and abseiling and rock climbing were the order of the day. The abseiling was a true test of nerve as cadets descended a one hundred metre cliff. From a staff point of view, it was interesting to note how some of the normally vocal cadets became suddenly silent. The final day saw an Inter-School competition which had been organised by 32 Cadet Training Team. Morrison's entered both a girls team and a mixed-sex team. Throughout the day the cadets gave it their all and were rewarded by winning the prize for both best girls team and the best mixed team. As well as this, they won the assault course, gun-run, tug of war and map reading stands. The Contingent was piped to the prize-giving ceremony by Andrew Tainsh and received their medals from the General Officer Commanding 5th Division. This was a fitting end to an outstanding effort over the course of the week.
On the final evening Duncan Campbell was made the Cadet Sergeant Major for 2008-9. In addition five other fifth years were promoted to Cadet Sergeant in anticipation of their work next academic session.
A final thanks must be made to 2/Lt Mark Philp (ex-Morrisonian and now member of Oswestry School CCF) and WO1 (RSM) Craig Derrigan of Shropshire ACF who gave up their time to assist Morrison's Academy CCF throughout Summer Camp.