Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
Where is it on?
St Benedict’s School, Ealing
Who can attend?
Years 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form. (Speak to Mr Shelley)
When is it on?
Monday afternoon from 4.15 - 6.00 pm
The club runs all year
What happens in Cadets?
Regular activities and training include drill (of course), weapons handling, first aid, sentry duties, field craft, camouflage and concealment, patrolling, principles of marksmanship, mountaineering, orienteering and many, many more. One of the most challenging and yet most popular is the Assault Course, now often called the Obstacle and Confidence Course.
Recently, the CCF acquired 3 more brand new Air Rifles and cadets can now practise on site, using 3 newly constructed practice ranges.
The CCF provides its participants with excellent opportunities to develop self-discipline, organization and presentational skills and skills appropriate to working within a team. Ultimately, if participants show the required aptitude, there are opportunities to develop leadership skills and go on to regular command.
We are very proud to wear the Cap Badge of the Royal Engineers and have good links with Gibraltar Barracks and other Royal Engineers units and bases.
What else will I do?
Each term, the CCF takes part in a field weekend. In the summer we attend a central camp for a week to take part in more detailed training and activities. These can be quite challenging but invariably rewarding. Recent camps have been at Chickerall near Weymouth, Crowborough in Kent and a marvellous camp at Longmore.
Recent noteworthy events:
The CCF has recently completed the Biannual Inspection at RAF Longmore in which the cadets demonstrated the magnificent progress they have made since joining the cadets. This demonstration included flying in a services Lynx helicopter, rifle shooting, dismounted close combat training (DCCT), assault course training, parade drill, archery and a demonstration by the Royal Engineers.
Will I need any special equipment?:
Most kit and equipment are supplied through St Benedict’s CCF.