Ballyclare Army Cadets have launched a recruitment drive to attract local young people who want to have fun while unlocking their potential.
The organisation, which was founded in 1963, offers fun, friendship, action and adventure which inspires young people to challenge their limits.
The Ballyclare detachment is inviting 12–17 year old boys and girls from all sections of the community to come along and try out the youth organisation.
Army Cadets enjoy excellent facilities and the chance to take part in challenges and adventures.
The training provided helps foster self-confidence, teamwork, leadership a sense of being part of their community.
In addition to the cadet’s parade which takes place from 7-9pm every Tuesday, members have the opportunity to spend at least four weekends away at the purpose-built Cadet Training Centre in Magilligan.
As part of their training, cadets take part activities such as drill, target shooting, fieldcraft, navigation, Duke of Edinburgh Award and first aid.
There is also adventure training which offers cadets the chance to try mountain walking, canoeing, skiing, and rock climbing/abseiling. Alternatively, they can opt to be a musician in the band or Corps of Drums. Cadets can train and compete in sporting activities such as football, rugby, hockey, swimming, tug of war and orienteering.
Lance Corporal Victoria Glenn commented: “Joining the cadets has been a life-changing experience for me and the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Each Year cadets have the opportunity to take part in either a one week Easter residential camp in Northern Ireland or a two week summer camp on the UK mainland. Cadets can also take part in expeditions that can count towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and exchange visits overseas.
Members can work towards gaining a BTEC award worth up to two GCSEs in public services or music.
For more information visit https://armycadets.com/county/1stNIacf or simply come along on a Tuesday evening to the ACF Hut, Rashee Road, Ballyclare, County Antrim, BT39 9HJ
All equipment and clothing is free of charge on temporary loan. The only item of kit which cadets are asked to provide is a pair of boots.