OUR YOUTH | Moorebank cadets develop leadership and music skills at training camp

Making a lasting impact through developing leadership skills was what cadets from the Air League's Moorebank Squadron did earlier this month on a weekend camp with cadets from across the state. There were 32 members from Moorebank at the annual NCO, Officer and Band Training Camp at Naamaroo Conference Centre at LaneCove. The program was designed to help the youngsters to develop leadership, communication and other life skills in a fun environment with friends and peers.

In addition to developing leadership skills, cadets took part in band training and worked on their abilities on instruments including snare, bass and tenor drums and brass instruments. They're looking forward to displaying their skills at community events.

Keynote presentations were the other aspect of the weekend with Air League officers producing and refining courses prior to the camp on a variety of topics including personal development, motivating others, team-building and dynamics. These were written to complement the NSW Group theme for 2019, New Horizons: Choose, Lead, Succeed.

Amazed was how Moorebank's Commanding Officer Raymond Bell summed up the weekend: "It was an excellent weekend up by the Lane Cove River with the cadets all having a fantastic time and we couldn't have asked for better weather."

Lachlan Hyde, Squadron Sergeant, said: "It was an excellent weekend where we were able to learn more and develop ourselves but in my case also passing on knowledge to the cadets to help them be better as well.

"Also being able to spend a weekend with our peers from across the state in this way was awesome, letting us all develop leadership and life skills in a fun environment with friends."

The Air League is for boys and girls 8 and up. All officers have Working with Children checks. Activities include aviation theory, flying, ceremonial drill, modelling and camping. Members 14 and over have a chance to learn to fly at the Air League's Camden Air Activities Centre with qualified volunteer instructors.

Meets Fridays in school terms, 7pm to 9pm, at Nuwarra Public School on McKay Avenue at Moorebank.