Membership of the CCF is compulsory during the third and fourth forms. Thereafter, pupils may choose to remain in the Contingent or to do Community Service. Most choose to remain, in order to complete their Duke of Edinburgh's Award and to train as NCO instructors. There are currently about 130 cadets, both boys and girls, in the CCF, divided between the Army and RAF sections.
The Army section is proud to be badged to the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. During the compulsory two years all cadets gain the appropriate Proficiency badges and most also become qualified to shoot on the School's indoor 4 lane 25 yard range. Voluntary training and shooting weekends take place, some in the School grounds and some on the military training area at Warcop.
The Contingent also participates in the annual Brigade Cadet Skills at Arms meeting on the ranges at Altcar. We also enter teams for the Brigade First Aid competition also at Altcar.
The RAF section regularly goes flying, and both sections are invited to sail on Derwent water and off the west coast of Scotland.
Our Officers are a mixture of members of the teaching staff and volunteer helpers from outside. We are blessed with a full time School Staff Instructor and we receive regular help from 40 Cadet Training Team who are based at Fulwood Barracks, Preston.
In the summer we host our own military skills competition 'Bega Banga', sponsored by the Brigade. Every CCF Contingent in the North West is invited to enter one or two teams of junior cadets. Last year, we welcomed eighteen teams. A wide range of skills are tested, the teams camp overnight in the school grounds and the weekend concludes with a very popular tug o' war competition. Prizes are supplied by the Cadets branch of 42 (NW) Brigade at Preston.
Annual Camp at the end of the summer term is always oversubscribed. We alternate between the camps at Warcop in Cumbria and Wathgill in North Yorkshire. Both camps offer a varied and exhausting programme in beautiful surroundings. They are run by and for the Army but we take many RAF cadets too. Many cadets attend camp every year of their service.
The Contingent operates the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. All cadets are given the opportunity to achieve the Bronze level award by the end of their fourth year, at the Contingent's expense.
The Bronze expedition also forms part of the Army section Proficiency syllabus. Most complete their Silver award towards the beginning of their Lower Sixth year and most of those pursuing Gold Award complete it before they leave school. Expeditions take place in the beautiful Lake District National Park, which is, of course, on our doorstep. Last year a group of enterprising young ladies completed their Silver practice expedition on horseback, the first time that cadets had attempted such a feat. (below)
CCF Report 2010-11
The statistics speak for themselves. During the academic year 2010-2011, St Bees cadets achieved the following successes: in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, fourteen Bronzes, ten Silvers and seven Golds (with five more approaching completion); in the BTEC First Diploma in the Public Services, Level Two, twenty two passes at Distinction Star (the highest possible level), and one Distinction; in the BTEC First Diploma in Music, Level Two, two passes at Distinction Star. In the area of First Aid, we have forty two holders of the Heartstart qualification, and thirty three Youth First Aiders. Indeed, the Contingent is registered as a Heartstart School, authorised to deliver the Heartstart qualification on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.
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Lt. Col. Jeffrey Evans, Contingent Commander
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