Join the Army Cadets for a day!

Esx Colour Sergeant Adam Pidgeon and Laura Dubois Pidgeon representing Cullybackey Army Cadets at the recent Britain In Bloom Competition in Cullybackey
Esx Colour Sergeant Adam Pidgeon and Laura Dubois Pidgeon representing Cullybackey Army Cadets at the recent Britain In Bloom Competition in Cullybackey

Cullybackey Army Cadets is holding an Open Day event at Cullybackey College on September 13 between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

The Army Cadets is one of the UK’s biggest and best voluntary youth organisations, offering fun, friendship, action and adventure to thousands of young people (aged 12-18) and adult volunteers around the UK.

The Cullybackey Detachment Open Day gives local people a rare chance to discover what cadets and adult volunteers actually do, to ‘have a go’ at a range of typical cadet activities and to find out how the organisation is helping young people, parents and the local community.

Visitors to the Open Day can:

Have a go at drill

Learn Basic camouflage skills

Try out radio communications

Apply basic first aid

Construct a ‘basha’ (for shelter)

The Army Cadets gives young people (aged 12-18) and adult volunteers access to a wide range of challenging activities – some with a military theme, some not – that they can’t find elsewhere. The organisation’s progressive training programme provides a huge range of activities from fieldcraft, adventurous training and sports, through to music and first aid. There are also opportunities to get nationally recognised qualifications (including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award), to go away to weekend and summer camps, and to take part in national and international expeditions and competitions.

Amanda Roxborough, C Company Duke of Edinburgh Officer adds: “Although the Army Cadets is sponsored by the Army it’s a youth organisation run by volunteers – men and women from all sorts of backgrounds.

“We aim to help young people to develop independence, confidence and the ability to step up to any challenge.

“We inspire young people to be good citizens and challenge them to aim high and go further in life, whatever their career plans may be.

“Right now we’re keen to recruit more cadets and adult instructors but our Open Day is for everyone so I’d like to encourage local people to come along, take part and find out more.”

The Open day will take place at Cullybackey College, Pottinger Street, Ballymena from from 19:30 to 20:30.

Find out more about the Army Cadets Open Days at armycadets.com/openevents