2.7. Cadet Life
The primary contexts for nurturing people come within the various things that Sea Cadets do - these broadly divide into the following contexts:
2.7.1. Training Nights
Most Units meet for training at a dedicated location two nights a week. The seniors tend to meet on both nights and the juniors just one of them. Occasionally there training nights are designated ‘Divisions’ when the Unit practises some of its ceremonial duties and wears it’s ‘number 1’ uniform.
Cadets regularly travel to weekends usually hosted by a unit within the district. These weekends are sometimes focussed around a particular type of training (e.g. adventure training) allowing cadets to complete whole sections of their training syllabus, or sometimes a mix of different types of training. They often have social aspects such a disco or fancy dress party. Some weekends are for both juniors and seniors, other weekends for just one group. Cadets who regularly take part in weekends tend to get more out of their corps experience and make more rapid progress towards gaining the various badges on offer. Chaplains are always welcome along, either to drop in for a bit (there are obvious clashes for some of us on a Sunday morning) or indeed for the whole weekend. It’s always a good idea to mention it if you are going along to make sure you are fed and watered when getting there and you will need to take your usual ID with you.
2.7.3. Off-shore, Courses, Camps and expeditions
Cadets also travel further afield to participate in Sailing weeks, possibly on one of the Ships of the Sea Cadet Fleet like TS Royalist, courses and expeditions including Duke of Edinburgh. Some districts and areas also hold occasional camps.