HORSHAM and Ballarat air force cadets took their skills to the bush with a bivouac camp in the Grampians at the weekend.
Pilot officer Guin Cleminson said about 30 Horsham teenagers and 20 Ballarat cadets joined in the two-day event.
She said the camp had a navigation theme. “They learnt about navigation using a compass as well as using the sun to determine their direction,’’ she said.
“They learnt how to read a map and how to move at night without drawing attention to themselves.’’
Ms Cleminson said the cadets, aged between 13 and 18, also learnt how to wear camouflage cream on their faces and how to camouflage themselves in general.
Ms Cleminson said the action-packed weekend also included team-building activities.
A few experienced cadets joined the camp to help the 20 new cadets.
Other leaders included another pilot officer, a warrant officer, a leading aircraftsman and four civilian staff.
Ms Cleminson said the group was lucky to have a staff member who had spent 18 years in the army.
She said the cadets would go on a hike in December and there would be another camp early next year.