Vincent Smith from Buckinghamshire
‘Our tented camps are a
proving-ground for many young people and have encapsulated the best
aspects of leadership training that we offer. Camp has changed to
reflect a moving culture and changes in society and SJA but stayed
true to its roots and is as recognisable today in many of its
aspects as it was when I first went.
In the 1970s, we had as many as 320 people all living,
working and playing together under canvas and have long
associations with the Isle of Wight where we were then camping. The
level of support in our county has been fantastic and to this day
our Lord Lieutenant regularly visits us.
Dr Herbert Ellis, the Chief Commander, suggested after his own
visit that he approach the Princess Royal about visiting us to see
Cadets and adult volunteers working together in a very different
environment from that which she was used to.
‘Two senior Cadets were selected to act as guides for the tour,
which included 80 minutes of talks, displays and presentations.
This was a very special seal of approval which will live with us
for a long time.’