The Combined Cadet Force is an organisation dedicated to the development of young people in terms of self-discipline, self-reliance, teamwork and the taking of responsibility. Based on a military framework, supported by the Ministry of Defence, its activities extend well beyond the traditional narrow view of drill, drill and more drill. It also plays an important role in personal and social education as it concerns an important aspect of citizenship: "It should be the responsibility of every citizen of a democracy to find out how his/her freedoms are defended".
The CCF at LRGS consists of:
- The Royal Naval Section
- The Army Section
- The Royal Air Force Section
The sections train every Tuesday after school. Pupils may join in Year 9. There are also group field days and training excursions to various facilities belonging to the Ministry of Defence. Many pupils are accepted onto a variety of courses run by the Army, Navy or RAF each year.
Royal Naval Section
The CCF RN Section meets on a Tuesday after school. We sail Topper, Laser and Bosun dinghies in the summer and up to half-term before Christmas at Halton Training Camp on the river Lune. Cadets follow a CCF RN Syllabus throughout the winter months. This includes navigation skills and rope work as well as drill and shooting.
Field days are spent at a variety of locations in the North West. At the end of each summer term we attend a camp beside Windermere where we make use of dinghies, powerboats and a staff yacht.
LRGS CCF RN cadets enter CCF Sailing regattas around the country. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines provide camps, courses and expeditions during the Easter and Summer holidays which are extremely popular. Cadets can gain qualifications in a variety of activities.
As well as training every Tuesday for 1½ hours, the Headmaster allows us a day out of school each term to attend a field day. Summer camp takes place during the first week of the Summer holidays.
Michaelmas Field Day
This is usually held at Halton Camp. The evening is spent with the new recruits learning skill at arms before the weapon test. On the following day, training consists of rangework, orienteering, climbing, command tasks, observation/camouflage and concealment. The year 10s complete their self reliance expedition, covering routes of approximately 24km which they may use to qualify for the DofE Bronze award.
Lent Field Day
This is held at a range complex such as Warcop Ranges. The evening is spent completing recee patrols before bedding down in a large but warm shed. The next day cadets fire the assault rifle. We offer the opportunity to gain a shooting badge and to then fire at longer ranges.
Summer Field Day
This field day takes the form of a blank firing exercise. Friendly and enemy forces operate independently, patrol against each other into the small hours of the morning before a deliberate attack is planned and executed. Leadership roles are taken by the senior cadets.
This is the highlight of the year and where we do the majority of our training. We usually go in the first week of the summer holidays. On arrival the Year 9s complete a DofE practice expedition whilst the seniors complete a field exercise. After a day or two in camp it is back out for a 2-3 day exercise before coming back into camp again. Rangework and adventure training are also usually timetabled.
Royal Air Force Section
Boys can join in Year 9. Each year cadets have the opportunity to go flying in grob tutors or gliders. They also learn about the RAF, navigation and undertake basic military training.