Area cadets brave the elements (4 photos)Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
2310 ROYAL CANADIAN
ARMY CADET CORPS
Sixty cadets converged on Thyers Acres this past weekend to camp in the outdoors, train and have some fun.
They came from as far away as Blind River, the 2407 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps, (RCAC) which brought 12 cadets.
There were 48 local cadets from the 2310 RC(Army)CC and the 155 Borden Grey RC(Air)Cadet Squadron between them.
For the 155 RC(Air)CS, their air crew survival training consisted of learning to make improvised shelters, how to make a fire and navigation using a map and compass.
The seniors in the group took on the role of passing these skills onto the younger cadets.
Some of these cadets have taken summer courses in air crew survival.
As dusk set in the highlight was lighting the signal fire that the cadets had built in a safe open location.
One of the cadets was over heard that if she was lost in the bush I would make a signal fire and I know that searches would see it and I would be rescued.
When asked what he most enjoys about air cadets, Flight Sgt. Max Warren said:"Being able to go gliding."
"Soaring at 3000 feet in a glider by yourself with just the wind noises and the freedom to fly through the sky on wind currents," said the 16-year-old.
The army cadets were also training on shelter building, stove and lantern lighting as well as navigation using a map and compass.
Each of the groups took part in night navigation activities on Saturday night.
Some meals consisted of meals ready to eat (MRE's) which the cadets heated themselves after learning how to work the Colman stoves.
Warrant Officer Kimberly Amyotte who is 15 yrs old and from the 2407 RC(Army)CC said what she enjoys most about cadets is the challenge of expeditions.
She should know she has completed a silver expedition at Restoule Park and a Gold at Halfway Lake, both in Ontario.
Master Bombardier Parker Broda, 15 yrs of age, enjoys marksmanship at Connaught Ranges near Ottawa as part of summer training.
All of the equipment and meals were supplied for the cadets, boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years of age as part of the Canadian Cadet Movement.
This included arctic sleeping bags, four man tents to keep the cadets warm.
There are no fees to join cadets or participate in weekly or weekend training which starts in September and ends in June.
Summer training is available to those cadets interested, which there is no fees to participate with meals and accommodations provided.
It is still not too late to join either army or air cadets which meet weekly.
Both of the army cadet corps meet on Monday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The local 2310 RC(Army)CC are at the Pine Street Armoury, call (705) 942-4540 for more information.
In Blind River the 2407 RC(Army)CC meets at the Branch 189 Royal Canadian Legion, call (705)- 356-2407 for more information.
The 155 Borden Gray Air Cadets meets on Wednesday nights also at the Pine Street Armoury from 6:30 to 9 p.m., call for more information (705)-949-6808.
Also please visit www.cadets.ca for more information.