The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is over 150 years old and is a national voluntary youth movement which aims to provide opportunities for young people to build personal skills and self confidence to help them become responsible and caring citizens.
With the motto ‘To inspire to Achieve’ the ACF gives young people (aged 12 to 18) marvellous opportunities to: sleep out under the stars and cook their own meals; take part in canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, overseas expeditions, target shooting, football, athletics, cross country, swimming; become proficient in map reading, first aid, fieldcraft, radios and weapon handling; and to gain The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and study for BTEC qualifications. Army Cadets also get involved with local community activities.
The highlight of Cadet training is annual camp. This is a two-week adventure where Army Cadets practise fieldcraft and have fun with other detachments from all over the county.
Adults can also join the ACF as Adult Instructors. No previous military experience is needed, just plenty of enthusiasm.
There are four ACF Sectors in London with more than 100 detachments looked after by over 30 Permanent Support Staff and dozens of Adult Instructors.