Louth and Mablethorpe Air Cadets tackle Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

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EIGHT Air Cadets from both Louth and Mablethorpe recently took part in their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards Expedition.

Leading youth charity the DofE gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.

The awards leading patron is the Duke of Edinburgh and founded the scheme in 1956.

The scheme itself involves a variety of different phases which include volunteering in the local community, undertaking a sports element, learning a variety of new skills and the final expedition where you camp out for two days.

The cadets having already passed the other three stages have been busy tackling the final expedition.

They have had the challenge of spending two days following a walk planned by themselves that began in Tetford near Louth carrying everything they need to survive over this period on their back.

This includes things such as tents, food supplies and sleeping bags.

Eight of the local cadets took part in the challenge and had to walk for a total of 12 hours battling hills, freezing weather conditions and giving themselves the opportunity to take on the challenge without any outside assistance.

Commanding Office for Louth Air Cadets, Carl Johnson said: “The eight cadets did really well and completed the two day expedition successfully, even with a cold night on the Saturday.”

To find out more information regarding the DofE awards scheme visit their website: www.dofe.org.

If you are between of 13 and 17 and are interested in joining the Air Cadets, then why not visit the squadron.

You can find them in Birch Road off Wallis Road.

The cadets meet twice a week on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 6.30pm till 9.00pm. Or you can call the squadron during parade times on: 01507 605918.