Earlier this month, local youth group Australian Air League's Moorebank squadron took some time out from their community activities and had a weekend away camping with cadets from across the state.
There were 27 members from Moorebank who attended the annual recreation camp at Castle Mountain, at Webbs Creek, where members took part in a range of activities, including raft-building, archery, canoeing, flying fox and bushwalking.
The weekend was designed to help the youngsters develop leadership, communication and other life skills in a fun environment with friends and peers.
Commanding Officer RaymondBell said: "It was an excellent weekend up on the Hawkesbury, with the cadets all having a fantastic time and we couldn't have asked for better weather."
The league has held the annual camp at Castle Mountain since the 1990s and plans to continue well into the future. This year 120 members attended with over 20 squadrons taking part in the weekend from all over the state, including Tamworth and Taree, along with squadrons from metropolitan Sydney.
Squadron Sergeant LachlanHyde said: "It's great being able to spend a weekend out from our ordinary lives and instead spend it with our peers from across the state in a manner such as this. Allowing us all to develop leadership and life skills in a fun environment with friends."
The league is a youth organisation for boys and girls 8 and upwards, which fosters a spirit of aviation in young people and promotes good citizenship. It was formed in 1934. Cadets are given opportunities to join the squadron band, learn ceremonial drill, make new friends and even learn to fly.
Activities include aviation theory, flying, ceremonial drill, physical activities, modelling and camping. Members 14 and over have an opportunity to learn to fly at the Air League's Camden Air Activities Centre with qualified volunteer instructors.
Air League officers all have Working with Children checks.
Moorebank squadron meets every Friday (in school terms), from 7pm to 9pm, at Nuwarra Public School on McKay Avenue at Moorebank.
- Details: Moorebank squadron Commanding Officer Raymond Bell, 1800 502 175 or moorebank.airleague.com.au.