I Love the Camps!
by CDT Gregg
Ever since I joined cadets in August 2009, it has given me so many opportunities that would never have been possible if I wasnít a member of 206ACU. There are just so many things that I've loved doing.
In April of 2010 four 206 ACU cadets (including myself) attended a 22 Bn (a grouping of regional cadet units in the Northern Sydney area) camp. It was a 1-week camp at Somersby (on the central coast) with over 200 cadets, many of which I had never met. I went to this camp to meet new people, to do something productive with my holidays- rather than spend them on Facebook. Initially I was upset I wasnít with anyone I knew but after the first team-building activity I realised that the other cadets were really nice. I got to do so many things, a definite highlight of this camp was when we got to build our own go-karts. We also learnt about watercraft and did first aid training. The week was amazing! I came away with so many new friends - Iím still in contact with most of them almost one year later.
One thing that makes 206 ACU so unique is the voluntary extra weekend activities. In late 2009, when I was still a recruit I got to go on Boating module-1 at Crosslands. Being relatively new to the unit, this allowed me to get to know the other members of the unit really well, as well as learning new skills that not only help me at cadets but out of cadets too. It was going on a camp like this that made me want to continue at cadets because I knew people better and I realised that the food we are given at cadets really isnít bad, I also learnt the rewards of winning challenges.
By far the best opportunity that cadets has given to me was to do the Remote Area First Aid Course. I did this course during the annual field exercise (AFX) which is where over 2000 cadets gather at Singleton Army Base for a week Ďout bushí. I did the course with seven other cadets from 206. On this course I learnt so much about first aid that will help me for the rest of my life. Because of these skills, for weeks after the course I was boring my family with stories about it - there was just so many amazing memories. One thing about this course was that it was open to cadets from all over NSW, my first time on a course like this. I feel the some of the best skills I took away from this course was that despite being a cadet I was given so many opportunities to act as a section commander. I was making choices, ones that the Sergeants were accepting. After going home from this course with so many qualifications, I was sad I was so used to being with these guys for a 7-days, 24 hours a day. Being alone was odd.
The final thing I really love about cadets is the opportunities to represent cadets on a large scale. I was given the honour to carry the flag of the 1st Light Horse Regiment in the City of Sydney ANZAC day April 2010. I felt so proud as I marched down George Street in the front rank, with thousands of people watching and cheering for us. The memories of ANZAC day 2010 will stay with me forever, and if I was ever given this opportunity again I would accept it straight away. Another opportunity I was given was to go to Legacy Badge Day in September 2010. We sold badges for Legacy, a very good cause. Sure I lost my voice that day, but it was worth it to know we were helping the families of deceased veterans. Again, if I get this opportunity in 2011 I will accept it.
All up what I love about cadets is the so many opportunities it gives me, which I have listed above, the fact that without cadets I would be wasting my weekends on Facebook. Now Iím out, being active and Iím learning new things, meeting people, but most of all Iím doing things that my school doesn't offer.
That is why I love cadets so much!