Whether under canvas or in hutted accommodation, many Cadets most vivid memories are of camps both locally, nationally and internationally. Camps provide an opportunity for Cadets to complete subjects towards their Grand Prior Award, such as sports, cooking, orienteering and more recently the Adventure Skills subject. They help to develop core skills such as communication and teamwork, as well as providing an important opportunity to share meals, play games and establish many long-lasting friendships.
Remembered fondly by all who attend them, Cadet camps provide an opportunity to stay away from home, socialise and learn new skills.
From the collection:
The St John Camp Cadet, Saturday 1st August 1953
In August 1953 an international Cadet camp for over 2,000 young people was held in Essex to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. A daily newspaper was published. This is the first of seven issues giving a full and often colourful account of camp life. The Cadets took part in many different competitions including fire-fighting and fancy dress. They consumed over 1000 loaves of bread a day and the logistical organisation required was immense.
The planned visit of HRH Princess Margaret was cancelled due to a case of meningitis at the camp but otherwise it was a huge success. The article on the front page of this issue describes the torrential rain that soon gave way to sunshine, and the first Cadet to arrive at camp, Emma Ignacio from Nairobi.