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Trinity News : July 2008
TGSACU-BIV08 Cadet Bivouac this year was again held at Ingleside Scout Camp, with the emphasis being on adventurous activities for the Recruits (Year 8), and intensive field craft preparation for the Trained Cadets (Year 9). The Unit departed under blue skies after lunchtime on Thursday 27 March, keen to get back into the field after the disappointment of the cancellation of AFT in 2007 due to severe weather conditions. Early on Friday morning, down on Lake Narrabeen, the task of building rafts and canoeing certainly provided plenty of challenges for the recruits, who relished the chance to utilise their newly learnt skills. Meanwhile, back at the main camp, other activities were in full swing, with abseiling, the low ropes course, lessons on navigation, RATEL, first aid and camouflage and concealment. In addition, each platoon completed the rogaining course set up by Pioneers platoon, using their newly acquired handheld GPS units. The points these exercises will contribute to the Pegasus Intercompany challenge. The Company and Platoon commanders ran a number of tactical exercises, during both night and day, which were invaluable preparation and learning opportunities for AFT during Activities week in June at the end of next term. The Pioneers facilitated the command of the exercises by running a very good Command Post at Unit HQ. When our recruit platoons descended upon Lake Narrabeen for their rafting and canoeing activities at the March Bivouac, at least one local resident ducked for cover with her family! A mother duck with her ducklings decided that terra firma was the better place to be. The mother duck had no cause to fear though, for she found a ready source of interested admirers. For the exercise, each group, after a lesson on and practise of knot tying, took a set of four empty jerry cans, two wooden pallets and some rope and made reasonably serviceable rafts. Launching their completed rafts, the three teams propelled and paddled their rafts – there were only faint occasional echoes of the Titanic – around a set course of several hundred metres. The lads also spent time in canoes, setting forth on a long paddle around the Lake and its islands. | Ron Ogier 12 TRINITY NEWS It is clear however, that BIV08 will be remembered for the unplanned “leadership exercise” which ran during Friday night. The rain was torrential for an hour or so after midnight, and a number of hutchies were flooded, with a few of our young cadets learning first hand the importance of a well-constructed hutchie. The rank are to be highly commended for the way in which they demonstrated true servant leadership – springing into action, checking each cadet’s situation, ferrying wet and tired boys to nearby halls to dry out, digging trenches to allow water to move away from tents, giving an encouraging word, working together as a team, putting others’ needs before their own. The sky-high morale of the cadets on a sunny Saturday morning only served to underline the magnificent efforts of the night before, and remind us that the adversity of the night before brought out the best in our Unit. Make sure you talk to a few of the survivors of BIV08 – they have some great stories to tell, and they have the honour of being able to say they successfully overcame the very considerable challenges of BIV08!! MAJ (AAC) Timothy Barden | Officer Commanding | TGSACU