Open evening to find out about air cadets

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740 (Whitby) Squadron of the Air Training Corps is holding an open evening for potential new cadets and their parents to find out what it has to offer.

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.

Sgt George Clemitshaw said: “The air cadets offer young people of Whitby something to do in their spare time and enables them to experience activities that would 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 (D of E) Award, first aid, BTECs, sports, music and of course flying and gliding.

“Already this year, cadets from Whitby squadron have attended camps to RAF Valley, flown the Grob Tutor aircraft at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, attended weapons training weekends and gained their Bronze D of E award.

“We have also had cadets selected to attend overseas camps to Gibraltar and USA this summer.”

The squadron meets twice a week on Monday and Thursday nights at its unit HQ behind Caedmon College’s Scoresby campus, from 7pm to 9pm. There are also many weekend activities throughout the year. Uniform is provided on loan free of charge and subs are kept to a minimum – currently £10 a month.

The open evening takes place on Monday May 9 at 7.30pm and school students currently in year seven are welcome to attend with a view of joining when they reach year eight.

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