2 Highlanders annual camp

October 6, 2022

150 cadets and 50 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) from 2nd Battalion The Highlanders ACF deployed on 16 July to Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall for their two-week Annual Camp.

Due to operational reasons 2 Highlanders were joined by their sister battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. 

The hot weather had some impact on training, but over the fortnight cadets took part in the training syllabus of skill at arms, target shooting and of course every cadet’s favourite – fieldcraft. This year cadets also took part in expedition training under the guidance of the battalion Expedition Officer Lt Georgia Pinson – assisted by some CFAVs. 

Adventurous Training

As part of their Adventurous Training, cadets spent an enjoyable day out at Carlton Lodge Activity Centre. This saw them take part in a variety of activities including zip wire, climbing wall, obstacle course and command tasks with some nature and environmental information provided by the staff. 

Hold tight! A cadet on the zip wire.
Getting to grips with the climbing wall.


A visit to Eden Camp, a modern history museum originally built to house Italian prisoners of war captured in North Africa was organised for the cadets.

Cadets enjoyed the educational trip to Eden Camp.

New Cadet RSM

The Battalion’s new Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Malyssa Collis of Peterhead Detachment was appointed during camp.

New cadet RSM Malyssa Collis is congratulated by Commandant Colonel Gordon Rae.

Platinum Jubilee Medal Presentations

During camp the Battalion paraded to witness the Cadet Force Adult Volunteers who met the award criteria being presented with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal. Congratulations to Captain Fraser, 2nd Lieutenant Revill, SMI Mathers, SMI Ritchie, SMI Haley, SMI Walker, SSI Scott, SSI Smith, SI Dick, and SI Forsyth.

Proud recipients of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.

Brigade Commander visit

The Battalion was delighted to welcome Brigadier Ben Wrench, Commander 51 Infantry Brigade and Colonel Alex McNamee, Colonel Cadets 51 Infantry Brigade to visit the Battalions during camp. During their visit they spent time chatting to cadets and CFAVs.

It was also a proud moment for Colonel Gordon Rae, 2 Highlanders ACF Commandant, Lt Col Chris Downs, Deputy Commandant 2 Highlanders ACF, and Lt Col Henry Canavan, Deputy Commandant Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Battalion ACF, as they were presented with their Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medals by Brigadier Wrench.

Brig Wrench with one of the cadets.
Brig Wrench (right) with cadets including new Cadet RSM Malyssa Collis.

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Additional images from camp below.