What we do

This is what it’s all about – activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way through structured lectures and first-hand experience.

Don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll join your local squadron as a trial, when you get to know the other cadets and start basic training. You then get gradually introduced to activities as you progress, so you can make the most of every opportunity that comes your way.


Flying and gliding, air experience flights in the RAF fixed wing and rotary fleet, drone operations and pilot training including the opportunity to fly solo.


Open to anyone aged 14 to 24 (not just fans of the great outdoors), the DofE encourages teamwork and social interaction and helps young people to stand out from the crowd when applying for university and jobs.​There are three levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. And it’s never too late to get in on the action – depending on your age you may be able to jump straight in at Silver or Gold level.


Fieldcraft is the art of living and working from “the field”, or wherever you happen to be “deployed”. Of course, we don’t get deployed, but we do use military training areas for several weekends a year to give our cadets a small taste of what it’s like to have to sleep outdoors, keep themselves fed all the while completing the many missions and challenges set for them!


Visit one of our training and activity centres around the UK to try rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing.


Want to spend a week on a RAF Station? Look no further!

Camps and Courses get you out and about and give you a taste of what RAF personnel experience. They’re also some of the most enjoyable and memorable things you’ll do.

Usually based around adventurous activities (especially fieldcraft) or training courses, camps and courses are where you take control of your new abilities and put them to the test.. You could be doing all kinds of things like orienteering, over-night exercises or other specialised training.