Harold Hill cadets get ready for Easter holiday camp

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 April 2017

42 Detachment, Drapers Academy Army Cadet Force. Pic Aaron McKinnon

42 Detachment, Drapers Academy Army Cadet Force. Pic Aaron McKinnon


Last month a fresh batch of cadets received their berets at an enrolment parade at Drapers’ Academy, Settle Road, Harold Hill.

42 Detachment, Drapers Academy Army Cadet Force

WHERE: Drapers’ Academy, Settle Road, Harold Hill.

WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

COST: Free. Everything is sponsored by the army.

CONTACT: Either turn up on the day or email Rob Crockson at

The 21 cadets will take part in a range of activities over the next few years which are designed to shape them as well-rounded adults.

Staff Sergeant Instructor Rob Crockson from 42 Detachment, 4 company, Drapers’ Academy Cadet Force explained what challenges the young cadets can expect.

“Selfless commitment, courage, discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect for others and adherence to the law – they are the core values that we put in place,” said Rob.

“They are just about to disappear this weekend for Easter camp where those values will be instilled – it builds confidence with fun activities like fieldcraft and weapons training.

“The use of firearms is the bread and butter of the army, that covers a major part of discipline and ultimately a major part of trust.”

As well as taking part in a variety of activities, the cadets will also have the honour of meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace in the next few weeks.

Until then, they will be working hard to climb the ranks. Rob says the cadets are open to anyone who wishes to join.

“They have a ranking system in the cadet force the same as the army, and they strive to achieve rank – that’s their main objective,” he said.

“If they want to come to the Harold Hill unit, come on a Tuesday and Thursday and it doesn’t cost a thing – everything is sponsored by the army.

“We’ve units in Upminster, Harold Hill, Romford and Dagenham – all over this part of London.”

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