No, but you do need an understanding of the needs of teenagers. So if you are a parent with children or have had any contact with the children of friends or family, you will have some idea of what’s required. Obviously, if you have any direct experience, such as teaching or sports training, you will have an advantage.
I’m retired but I’d enjoy working with youngsters. Is there an age limit?FS Christian Oughton2015-10-28T17:05:12+00:00
We like our volunteers to be reasonably fit so they can join in the physical activities, but other qualities are equally important. We need people who can deal with paperwork and homesick cadets at camp just as much as someone who can hike across the hills with them.
I have a full time job / home to run / children. How can I spare the time for voluntary work?FS Christian Oughton2015-10-28T17:02:15+00:00
Most of our volunteers have busy lives too, and many of them work full time. Most activities take place in the evenings and at weekends, and no-one’s expected to take part in everything. Many people get involved initially because their children are cadets – they start off helping out informally at events and open days. As long as you can spare a few hours a week, you’ll be made very welcome.
We welcome all responsible adults (aged 20 years upwards), of any gender, from all social backgrounds, cultures and religions. You don’t need to have any prior military experience, just enthusiasm and commitment.
Absolutely! You are very welcome providing you can take part in a reasonable number of activities and as long as your disability does not cause you safety problems. Your local squadron staff will be happy to speak to you about this.
There’s a small subscription to cover the running costs which is usually a few pounds per week, making it great value for money considering what you get out of it. Some camps and activities also cost money, but this is never something you should be worried about.
What sort of expeditions can be done through the Air Cadets?FS Christian Oughton2015-10-28T16:50:47+00:00
There are a huge amount of expedition opportunities, some overseas, but the most well known and popular option is the Duke of Edinburgh Award which entails overnight expeditions. They’re great fun. But there are lots of other expeditions that pop up regularly.
Is there a good balance between the exciting activities and more serious disciplined activities?FS Christian Oughton2015-10-28T16:50:13+00:00
Each session lasts around two and half hours, usually from 7pm to 9.30pm in the evening. This gives you plenty of time to complete homework and to deal with other commitments. Some cadets even take part in other activities or have hobbies outside of the squadron!