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Students test their survival skills at army camp

Students test their survival skills at army camp

Public Services students have been getting a taste of army life with a residential weekend at Altcar Training Camp near Formby.

Forty students took part in the three day camp and undertook the Lions Challenge, which included night navigations and key observational skill tests.

Anna Fishpool, public services tutor, said: “Observational skills included patrolling a wooded area where equipment had been left behind, students were required to walk silently walk through and at the end as a group identify as many items possible.

“They also had to learn how to patrol areas and work out how to communicate as a team.”

Other skills included camouflage and concealment, using camouflage cream to reach a target without being seen, and remain hidden. Students had to also carry equipment and re-assemble machinery around an obstacle course, retrieve a casualty and work together as a team.

The night-time navigation tasks included finding their way to two different locations, identify luminated markers and report back their findings without being seen.

“The tasks were quite gruelling and tested the students’ teamwork, communication and fitness skills,” said Anna.

The tasks were all assessed by the army and the best cadet prize was awarded to Skylah Hunt, 16, from Bispham.