740 (Whitby) Squadron is holding an open evening for potential new air cadets and their parents/guardians to find out the opportunities there is for youngsters.
New cadets can join from 12 years old (and in school year eight) up until their 17th birthday. Once joined they can remain part of the squadron up until their 20th birthday.
The Air Cadets offer young people of Whitby something to do in their spare time and enables them to experience activities normally be out of their reach.
There are many opportunities available to cadets including, UK week-long camps to RAF stations, overseas camps, field craft training, shooting, Duke of Edinburgh Award, First aid, BTECs, sports, music – and of course flying.
Already this year, cadets from Whitby squadron have been selected to attend camps at RAF Lossiemouth, Flown the Grob Tutor aircraft at RAF Linton on Ouse and RAF Leeming, attended weapons training weekends, gained their bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh award and cadets have been selected to attend Flying Scholarships.
On a normal evening, cadets cover many activities including working through a training syllabus to gain a BTEC in Aviation Studies, project work such as modelling, flight simulator or Duke of Edinburgh Award preparation as well as field craft activities and first aid training. Cadets are also taught how to look after their uniform and drill (marching).
Skills are given to the cadets to help them in later life and to help secure future employment. They would work alongside the local community and encourage cadets to be good citizens with a sense of respect.