In April of this year, Lothian & Borders Army Cadet Force submitted a bid to the Lowland RFCA Board for a grant to deliver an annual Achievers’ Weekend in partnership with Broxburn Academy Linked Detachment. The Board approved the £3,000 grant within three days of submission, and the event aimed at Academy pupils moving from primary to secondary education took place over the 24-26 June.
The weekend event, which aims to highlight the benefits of the Cadet experience to primary school leavers, was run and supported by Linked Detachment Instructor (LDI) Lieutenant Rab McAuley, Broxburn Community Detachment Deputy Commander Lieutenant Louise McAuley and Cadets from Lothian & Borders Battalion.
Among a packed itinerary of activities, the 57 pupils and 11 siblings enjoyed a chance to try tag archery, wall-climbing and an inflatable assault course. Several local dignitaries, including Councillors and Lord Hopetoun, Marquess of Linlithgow, were also in attendance and presented medals.
Parents of the pupils who participated in the Achievers’ Weekend were quick to praise the school and Battalion staff for providing a fun and welcoming experience for their children. Many were especially grateful to the Cadets who stepped in to mentor the pupils.
‘My daughter had a ball and made some lovely friends ready for starting the academy,’ said one pleased parent. ‘Big shout out to “big brother” Justin who she’s still raving about!’
‘The camp and weekend definitely does benefit for sure! It brought my son out of his shell more and he met some cool new friends.’
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