Cadet’s camping trip of a lifetime

Daventry Sgt Jay Heath, second from right, with the rest of the cadets
Daventry Sgt Jay Heath, second from right, with the rest of the cadets

Daventry cadet Sgt Jay Heath has recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Ascension Islands.

He was one of only 12 air cadets in the UK picked to take part in this unusual camp at RAF Ascension.

Ascension Island is a remote volcanic outcrop in the Southern Atlantic. It is nearly 1,000 miles off the African coast and home to RAF Ascension which serves as a staging post and strategic base of operations. The island is famed for its wildlife and tropical climate.

For the first time in the station’s history, air cadets camped for a week and experienced island life, the stunning landscape and much more.

Sgt Heath, 17, said “I’m honoured to have been able to visit this remarkable place.

“Meeting the service personnel that do a great job in such a remote location and climate was exciting.”

This camp is one of many international camps cadets get the opportunity to take part in.

Daventry cadets will soon be travelling to Holland for another international camp.

The Daventry Air Cadet unit is now recruiting new cadets aged between 13 and 18 years old who live in the Daventry area.

The Daventry Squadron is based in the cadet centre, Waterloo, Daventry and meets on Mondays and Thursdays between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

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The Air Cadet Organisation aims to broadening young people’s horizons, building confidence and teaching skills such as teamwork and leadership. For further information on the organisation go to