||Who are we?
We are part of a youth organisation based in the UK and abroad with over 30,000 members in almost 1000 Squadrons. 1297 Squadron is one of 14 Squadrons belonging to the Aberdeen and North East Wing.
What are we?
The Air Cadet Corps is a disciplined, uniformed, youth organisation with a direct affiliation with the Royal Air Force and has been existence since 1941. Our doors are open to all young men and women from the age of 13 up to the age of 18. Our aims are to encourage an interest in aviation but at the same time we are developing the personal skills and confidence required for all walks of life. We are not a recruiting organisation for the RAF but they, along with almost all other employers, look favourably on potential employees who have been members.
Where are we?
The squadron is based in Stonehaven, some 15 miles south of Aberdeen.
What do we do?
You name it, we probably do it! Our main activities include flying, gliding, competition rifle shooting, abseiling, hill walking, navigation, radio communication, swimming, athletics, running, football, unihoc, basketball, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, modelling, flight simulation and aircraft recognition.
For Cadets who are eligible we also have access to courses such as leadership, micro light flying, hang gliding, parachuting, winter survival, downhill and cross country skiing, rock climbing, mountain leadership, community sports leadership and canoeing as well as flying to just short of solo standard, pilot navigation and gliding all the way to solo standard.
Every year we run week long camps at RAF stations throughout the UK. There are also numerous weekend camps throughout the UK for adventure training, some are in tents, some are in permanent, purpose built centres such as Windermere in the Lake District, Llanbedr in Wales and Galashiels in the Scottish borders.
What's the catch?
There isn't one. We provide the uniform, the access to the activities, most of the transport and food and accommodation. All you need to provide is yourself for three hours once a week, a pair of suitable boots or shoes, black socks (tights for the girls), a bit of self discipline and a willingness to come along and try something a big bit different. Still interested? why not come along and see for yourself, click here for more details.