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Kayaking on River Leam, 2 Jun 2024

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Sunday saw a great session for cadets from 1368 Sqn on the River Leam paddling from Royal Leamington Spa Canoe Club, near Victoria Park. Perfect weather. Group managed a bit of journeying as well plus the obligatory cooling down time at the end. Two of the cadets were awarded the Go Paddling Start Award having completed multiple sessions, so their cadet records have been updated. Great fun. Adventure training is one of the pillars of 1368 Sqn and is great for team building and development of personal self-confidence and resilience. 

1368 Sqn wins Wing Athletics 3rd year in a row, June 1 2024

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1368 won overall best in Wing for 3rd year in the row. Not easy though. Girls competition was particularly competitive. Everyone 8th or higher in track or 10th or higher in field events got points for the team. Our junior men (aka senior) boys smashed it though, really pleased that they got the just rewards for bringing it home, esp. as many doing GCSEs. Also a gutsy performance by junior boys to get 3rd in their category, one of the more competitive groups.  Not sure actual points margin but it seemed tough. Other Sqns really stepped up and should be congratulated on their performances, esp. 492 and 29F who fielded really strong teams. Huge team effort by all those who competed.

Community duties at Napton Horse Show, 25 May 2024

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Well done to the 1368 crew who did the Napton Horse Show community duty. Always a great day, esp. the loading up at the end. Another chance to practice radio (and search) procedures. 

Juniors undertake Initial Expedition Training (IET) training

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With blue badge leadership finished and blue badge band happening in parallel for our older cadets, our junior intake undertook practical sessions on safe use of camping stoves last week. Great session with lots of enthusiasm from cadets. This is all part of getting ready for expeditions now that summer is here (well, it's sometimes here but we do have longer daylight hours!). Aspects of safer stove use include but are not limited to: Don’t leave a lit stove. Get water/food to stove before lighting. Don’t light into a confined space (carbon monoxide poising). Don’t light near a tent (fire risk). Never inside a tent. Make sure stove is stable with weight before lighting. If using screw on top, base needs a stabilizer. Consider moving to flat/hardcore surface. Watch out for stove tip, ensure you can exit fast to avoid scold. Don’t overfill pot, when it boils it may bubble over and make it difficult to turn down. Have cool water to hand for immediate burn mitigation. 20 mins lukewarm

4 cadets from 1368 attend Method-of-Instruction (MOI) training day, 11 May 2024

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Well done to the 4 cadets from 1368 Sqn that attended the Wing Method-of-Instruction (MOI) training day on Sat 11 May 2024; the first part of earning the yellow Instructor cadet lanyard. The cadets, who had all previously done the Presentation Skills course, took part in interactive, student centred learning - using activities that can be applied on squadron to deliver effective instruction to cadets across a range of media and resources. The cadets and staff enjoyed the discussions, questions and answers presented across the day. Next up is they need to prepare a lesson plan for delivery on the squadron. After successfully delivering, we then get a member of the Wing training team to come in and assess them for real. Normally we only get 2 places for this, so great to get the 2 scratch places.

DofE Gold Award Presentation (GAP), Buckingham Palace, 10 May 2024

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Friday was a special day for 4 of our cadets who got to go to Buckingham Palace and meet the new Duke of Edinburgh. Billy Monger (the racing driver) was there and gave a talk. Great to share their experience. 2 more from the 2022 expedition will get their chance next time, hopefully (1 already in, 1 leaver just finishing off). Gold ain't easy but it is worth it. Squadron tries to get all our NCOs to enrol on Gold Award as soon as their 16+ as, if they wish, they can then count many of the activities they do on Sqn towards sections. We try and get expeditions done before they're 18 in in year 13 if we can. In April 2024, the Squadron was awarded the trophy as the best Sqn in the Wing for delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, partly helped by having 5 cadets who achieved their Gold Award in last year. It's a continuous process though, we are currently gearing up to get our newbies ready for their first expeditions now that the summer is here (briefly).

New wing band master visits to help cadets with band

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2024 saw 1368 Sqn get its first ever Squadron marching band drums and bell lyres, thanks to a grant from the Warwick District Council, and we've been putting them to good use. Our blue badge band training programme is in full swing every week, helped by a visit from the new Wing band master a couple of weeks ago.  Cadets may be awarded musician badges according to the instrument they play. The four types of badge (trumpeter, drummer, piper, and instrumentalist (lyre) are available in blue, bronze, silver or gold. We only have lyre and drums currently. Our goal this year is for 1368 to be able to compete in the Wing band competition for the first time ever. There's still some way to go, we need to add a drum major, but we're now at the point where we have a skills foundation in place and more importantly, the cadets are really enjoying it and focused on improving. Blue badges are awarded solely on the basis of musical ability. The following is what Drum Badge - Percussionist