Black Watch cadets enjoy Spring Camp

April 12, 2023

Cadets from The Black Watch Battalion ACF took part in a week-long Spring Camp at the beginning of this month.

The camp was held at the Barry Buddon training area in Angus and saw the cadets from Tayside and Fife tackling a wide range of activities.

While the bulk of The Black Watch cadets were at Barry Buddon, the Battalion also had cadets at camps in Otterburn, Northumberland, and Boddam, Aberdeenshire.

During camp the cadets enjoyed activities including fieldcraft, small arms training/range, first aid at work qualifications, navigation and, for members of the band, piping and drumming practice.

Cadets smiling
Cadets enjoyed activities including fieldcraft.

The week also saw the 3 Star Cadre take to the Perthshire hills for their DofE expedition on the Cateran Trail. There was also a trip to the RNLI Station at Broughty Ferry, and a chance to enjoy Poppyscotland’s mobile museum that visited camp. 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC also visited camp to give cadets and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) familiarisation on the MAN TCV.

Cadets in front of Poppyscotland mobile museum
The Poppyscotland mobile museum visited Barry Buddon.

There was a visit from the Battalion’s Honorary Colonel, Colonel J Erskine MBE. Col Erskine, who is a former Deputy Commandant and Commandant of the Battalion, spent the day visiting various Cadres.

Honorary Colonel speaking to cadets
Colonel J Erskine MBE chats to some cadets.

Band members used the week to prepare for participation in the Army Cadet Force Charitable Trust Beating Retreat at Edinburgh Castle on April 29.

The camp culminated with a variety of prizes and promotions being presented to cadets and CFAVs alike.

To learn more about the Army Cadet Force, click HERE.