After months of preparation, planning and practice, our Cadets were able to successfully pull off FTX Cliffside almost completely on their own (under Senior Member supervision, of course).
The weekend was run by the Cadets for the Cadets, and allowed them to learn how to plan, schedule and lead activities that were of interest to them. Although some of the activities were similar to the Civil Air Patrol’s emergency services training, the weekend was more about building leadership skills, team-building, along with some social opportunities.
Activities included hiking, night land navigation, a 9-line med-evac (medical evacuation) exercise, a cas-evac (casualty evacuation), squadron recovery and recon, survival shelter building, physical fitness games and a search lanes exercise.
Cadets had the chance to eat MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) out in the field and build a survival shelter completely out of natural elements.
One of the more serious moments was on Saturday evening when the Cadets were able to participate in a flag retirement ceremony around the fire. Each Cadet had the chance to properly retire a flag.
Our squadron plans to do another exercise this Winter, as Cadets seemed to really enjoy this activity.