Combined Cadet Force
The aim of the CCF is to help boys develop self-reliance, initiative and leadership.
The Corps consists of three sections The Royal Navy, The Army and The Royal Air Force. Bedford's Corps is one of the largest in the country with 140 boys joined by 170 girls from Bedford High School and Dame Alice Harpur School.
Each section specialises in training applicable to the service they are linked to, The main emphasis for the Navy is diving, sailing, power-boating, navigation and adventure training. The RAF fly in both gliders and light aircraft and also train in applicable ground subjects whilst the Army syllabus is based mainly on outdoor "field" activities such as weapon training, shooting, map reading and field-craft. All new recruits follow a training programme in drill, weapon training, map reading and first aid to prepare them for the various activities ahead.
Pupils take part in central summer camps which are attended by several other CCFs from all over the country and also have an opportunity to go on training weekends.
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