The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a tri-service Ministry of Defence sponsored youth organisation based in schools and colleges throughout the UK. Its aim is to “provide a disciplined organisation within a school so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance”. The CCF was created on 1 April 1948, it is not a “Pre-Service Organisation” though it is supported by all three branches of the Armed Forces.
Bournemouth School CCF runs after school each Thursday and has over 200 members, accepts recruits from Bournemouth School for Girls and has three sections, Army, Navy and RAF. It is a purely voluntary and highly popular activity; students are able to join their chosen section after Remembrance Sunday in Year 9.
Each section has links with its regular branch of the armed forces and field days, flying days and visits are organised to help develop the Cadet’s resourcefulness, leadership and self reliance.
As well as the above there are also annual camps run in various locations all over the country. These camps can be based on both military skills and adventurous training; they help prepare Cadets for future challenges as well as helping to foster self discipline, determination and personal integrity. Individual cadets are also able to attend other courses which help to broaden their leadership and communication skills, and life experience.
During Thursday CCF training the cadets may undertake, fitness training and testing, drill, patrolling, fieldcraft, flying theory, skill at arms, rope work and command tasks to name a few. The annual training calendar for the CCF is full and varied and gives the cadets the opportunity to undertake a myriad of activities that many would otherwise be unable to access; if the pupil has the time and they want a challenge then the CCF is the ideal extra-curricular activity.
September - December
Adventurous Training, Field day, Remembrance Parade, new recruit intake, various residential training courses.
January - March
Adventurous Training, Ten Tors Training, Annual Inspection Day, Dorset Challenge.
April - August
Ten Tors Expedition, CCF Central Camp, RAF Section Camp, National Radio Network Competition, Adventurous Training.
The Combined Cadet Force at Bournemouth School continues to be extremely popular. Established with the MoD to have 250 Cadets, we currently have 360. All four sections are well supported and parades on Thursday are extremely busy.
The adult support has grown over the past year, though they are just the foundation for the Cadets who themselves have taken up appointments of responsibility to organise, plan and run what is always a fun, interesting and varied training programme. The personal development of all of the cadets is what the cadet ethos is all about and Bournemouth School Cadets always rise to the challenges that are set.
This is never more apparent than on the Year 9 Cadet trip to the Brenscombe High Ropes Course. The cadets are split from their usual friendship groups, taken out of their comfort zone and pitted against obstacles high and low to work as a team to overcome their fears and help each other as well as having a great deal of fun.
Other recent activities have included providing an escort party and trumpeter for the Mayor of Bournemouth’s Flag Raising Ceremony in preparation for Armed Forces Day. Though it was wet and windy the cadets enjoyed the experience especially indulging in tea and biscuits whilst speaking to a number of veterans.
A number of Cadets from all services have been away on leadership courses in various parts of the country. Special mention must be made of Cadet Warrant Officer Emma Graves who was promoted by Wing Commander Chalklin at the National Air Squadron Trophy competition and made it through to the final 12 Cadets selected for the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword for outstanding results on leadership courses.
Having swept the board at the National First Aid Competition last September, our first aid team were invited by St Johns Ambulance UK to attend a reception with Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.
All of the team have just finished their final exams and have now left the CCF. Their understudies have just taken up the mantle as the A team and last weekend competed in the London District Cadet First Aid Competition, they produced good results and qualified to defend our title at the Nationals in York in September.
This year’s Ten Tors Team had an excellent result finishing the challenge 36th out of over 250 in their category. Having enjoyed the challenge and thrived in the physical test, all of the team were back in school on the Monday morning, all with a slightly limping walk but in good spirits. Once again Mr McAulay’s expert guidance and training stood the team in good stead.
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