Whatever the size staffing has become a problem.
The specialist camps seem to attract their own brand of anorak and some of these will want to run around and be seen and get into selfies with the supposed great and the good.
I personally like the smaller camps as if they are too big the logistical tie up has to be good or it goes wrong really quickly. I’ve done a few camps where we haven’t been billeted on the station and one where one of the minibuses went u/s Sunday morning when we had an educational visit. Also larger camps remove the developmental aspect for cadets, which was always to my mind the biggest thing with annual camp. As annual camp places decreased it was interesting to see the correlation with cadets ‘developing’ decrease as well. We only have two NCOs who have been on an annual camp.
Bigger camps might be the model to make it easier for the RAF, but the number of places will always be limited and location will increase transport costs and if they are specialist you will only get one a year. So do the cadets really benefit?