Air cadets from across the Durham/Northumberland Wing area achieved 234 Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Awards in 2016, breaking all previous records.
The DofE is a key element of the air cadet offer, with every young person in the organisation encouraged to take part.
Those involved do a range of activities to gain the accolades. In 2016, Durham/Northumberland Wing cadets achieved 161 bronze awards, 61 silver and 12 gold.
The wing runs a centralised gold DofE expedition programme. Cadets work in teams of four to seven to plan their expedition and they have to be self-sufficient throughout, carrying all their own equipment and cooking their own meals.