As Angus says when schools have trips and other things costing several hundred pounds outside activities, while we can use Sqn funds for this, fundraising is a full time task. Something that Wings etc don't IMO fully realise as they are able to syphon subs, which would be better all staying with sqns. Grants aren't as plentiful as they once were and the application processes are long winded and take a lot of time and if you don't get it, it's back to the drawing board.
I would sooner part fund several cadets to go to UK camps than one to a foreign camp. We have paid quite few to go to UK camps over the years and they have loved it, but getting parents to accept this help is a real struggle.
The problem with ACO overseas camps down to 3Ps, if they said that next year overseas camps were at this time and will cost £??? it gives parents the option, like schools do, to pay over an extended period, thus making it more accessible, rather than as seems to happen announced in a rush with short lead times. But to avoid this we need someone on a salary to do something positive for the cadets and staff, as this would benefit staff as well. There are a number of Wings that run overseas camps and have a reasonable lead time, so why we can't have this for ATC camps is a mystery.
We knew that in Yr10 and 11 there would be certain compulsory course trips and made provision for them. Schools have money they can use for disadvantaged kids given to them by the govt, we don't.