I recently returned from spending a week at RAF St Mawgan [EGHQ] in the wonderful countryside of Cornwall. We were booked onto camp with three other schools, one of which was from Northern Ireland. It was a very good week and extremely enjoyable. I do, however, think that I wasn’t quite my normal self as I was still tired from the last year. I didn’t really stop at Easter because of the Cyprus camp and so hadn’t really had any time to rest.
During the week the following experiences were offered:
- Ironing of clothes because they don’t travel well
- Zip Wire at Eden
- AEF with No 3. AEF from Colerne
- Eden Project proper this time
- Waterpark (not really, a bad description really, but most pale when you’ve been to the one in Ayia Napa)
- CPR training
- Camp photo
- Survival Equipment Section Visit
- Command Tasks
- Laser Tag and field craft lessons
- 25m range with the L98A2
- Much cleaning of the block
Of all this the coasteering was my favourite and I shall add photos when I get hold of them. I was in the water and so didn’t have any electronic recording equipment on me. Jumping from rocks into the sea was great. Traversing the cliff face and then swimming through a water ridden cave was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of my week.
There was also an unfortunate incident where a teddy bear was kidnapped by the TLA and taken hostage. This was hilarious, but you probably had to be there.
I also met my first ever known libertarian, who was also quite religious. I suspect that most libertarians are religious because everything gets sorted out in the end. He and I had some lovely conversations and managed to stay within a framework of respect.
It’s funny how I never meet anyone with the same taste in music as I have. This camp proved interesting because someone else there had heard of the bands Front242, the Revolting Cocks and also VNV Nation and Combichrist.
The joy of meeting someone who understands Nitzer Ebb and Front 242.
— Ian Parish (@iparish) August 6, 2017
So, here are some photos and I may add some more when I get hold of them.
Oddest thing about this week was seeing an SAS soldier walking along carrying a pair of antlers. #asknoquestions
— Ian Parish (@iparish) August 8, 2017