1406 Stamford Squadron

Welcome to
1406 Spalding Squadron
Royal Air Force Air Cadets

Parade Nights
Every Tuesday at 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Every Thursday at 7.00pm - 9.30pm






Other Activities

Being a cadet is not just about flying in the Air Cadets, there are many other activities we provide opportunities for you. We will help you if you want to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) or take a BTEC. You’ll get to learn radio communications; we’ll test you with leadership training and give you opportunities to visit active Royal Air Force units. Part of your training is going to be technical subjects but we will include aircraft recognition, first aid certifications, undertake aero-modelling projects and even have competitions!



Going camping to work on your survival skills, or for your DofE expeditions, the annual Easter/Summer camps held at RAF stations around the UK all of this will test you in the wild or whether the RAF is something you consider possible for a career in the future.  

Overseas camps – Spend 10 days in Cyprus with fantastic weather, swimming and sailing.

Adventurous training – We have two centres, at Windermere in the Lake District and Llanbedr in coastal Wales, both with stunning scenery. Rock climbing, abseiling, high-level hill walking, mountain-biking, canoeing, high rope work and sailing.


Adventurous training

Adventurous Training is part of the training syllabus and where team effort really matters – we’ll be looking for you to make new friends, learn to rely on the other people to get the job done and show off your leadership qualities.

Whatever your personal tastes, nothing is compulsory. Sometimes what’s on offer depends on the squadron you attend, but everything you do is supervised by qualified trainers who will ensure you get the most out of it. Between local activities and visits to camps, you will have the chance to experience kayaking, hill walking, camping, caving, mountain biking, offshore sailing and winter sports to name just a few.


International Air Cadet Exchange

IACEThe International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) links the Air Cadets with the world. For 15 days every July and August we exchange students so each gets a taste of the other’s culture and another great cadet experience. Places are limited, and if you’re aged between 17 and 19 you’ll need to apply as soon as the scheme allows to be in with a chance – you can find out more from your instructors.

The first exchange was in 1947 between the UK and the Canadian Air Cadets. The world-wide cadet family now comprises more than 20 nations, with around 600 cadets/volunteer staff exchanging annually. About 90 of those are from the UK, who head off to about 15 different countries around the world. English is used as the common language.

Country Cadet Organizations

Aerospace Cadets of the Philippines, Air Training Corps Association of New Zealand, Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), Belgium Cadets de l’Air de Belgique, Canada Air Cadet League of Canada, France Aero Club de France, DGLR – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt together with the German Luftwaffe, Ghana Ghana Cadet Corps, Hong Kong Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, Israel Gadna Avir, Japan Aerospace Scouts Association, Netherlands Royal Netherlands Aeronautical Association, Philippines Aerospace Association, Singapore National Cadet Corps (Air), Switzerland Aero Club of Switzerland, The Luxembourg Aeronautical Federation, The Turkish Aeronautical Association, The Young Falcons of Korea, Turkey Turkish Air League, United States US Civil Air Patrol

Visit http://www.iacea.com/ for more details.


DofE Award

Your participation in the DofE scheme allows you to follow a programme of activities that will leave you a more confident, motivated and capable person. We’re proud to be the DofE Award’s largest participant. If you’re 14 or over, then you can begin – just ask at squadron and we’ll help you get started.

There are three award levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold and four sections for each:

Visit http://www.dofe.org/ for more details.


Leadership training

As a cadet you will build your experience, take on extra responsibilities and have further opportunities to develop your self-confidence and leadership skills. There is formal leadership training provided at the following three levels – they’ll test you! Teamwork and leadership is the ultimate test for a cadet and could be the greatest achievement of your time with us. If you aspire to be the best, we’ll help you achieve it.


BTEC qualifications

Building on your favourite area of study or working though our training syllabus, means that you could end up with a number of widely recognised BTEC qualifications awarded via the CVQO, when you’re talking to possible employers in the future; they should already be impressed that you’ve been a cadet, but BTECs will really show them what you’re made of.