Trail Sea Cadet Attends “Boot Camp”

TRAIL, BC. – Ordinary Seaman Lochlan Reid from the Trail Sea Cadet Corp. receives his certificate for completing the Level 1 “Boot Camp” that was held last weekend at the Kembel Armories in Trail.

The “Boot Camp” was an introduction for cadets from around the Kootenays to learn about the basics of Drill, Uniform Care and Marksmanship with other cadets.

Lochlan has been in Sea Cadets for about 2 months and is a member of 131 Kootenay Sea Cadets, in Trail.  He was interested in cadets because his Step-Father was also in the Sea Cadet program. Lochlan also enjoys water, so the idea of being in Sea Cadets was a given.

Lochlan enjoyed taking part in the physical activities provided throughout the weekend, as well as marksmanship. He hopes to take part in General Training this summer and eventually wishes to apply the skills he learns from sea cadets in the military as a medic.

The Cadet program, which include Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada.  The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the naval element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship, and who wish to promote physical fitness.  While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their Cadet career.

Cadets meet for Sports Weekend in Castlegar

Kootenay Cadets attend Sports Weekend in Castlegar

February 1, 2017
Castlegar, BC
Department of National Defense

The weekend of 27-29 January 2017 was a busy two days for local Kootenay cadets, with over 160 youth and 24 adult supervisors representing all three elements of the cadet program in attendance. They came from Grand Forks, Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Creston, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Golden and Sparwood converging on Selkirk College for a weekend of fitness, fun and leadership activities.

“Cadets has given me more opportunities than I would have ever been able to have otherwise.  It is a great program and I would recommend it to anyone” – Ryan Buckley, 131 Kootenay Sea Cadets, Trail

The weekend’s events included initial testing to baseline cadet fitness levels, indoor soccer, volleyball and dodgeball.  Instruction also taught cadets about resistance training and safety in the weight room.  Thanks to the weekend activities which promoted body health, numerous hard working cadets qualified for fitness awards based on their results.

“Cadets is not easy, but it will be worth it in the long run” – Lucas Wodyga, 841 Boundary Air Cadets, Grand Forks

Outdoor pursuits activities were also included as part of the experience with cadets being given instruction in the basics of orienteering culminating in a map and compass challenge in the area surrounding the college.

“It’s fun to be around all the other cadets” – Corban Johnson, 581 Castlegar Air Cadets

Leadership skills were emphasized as cadets built awareness of the importance of fitness, camaraderie and teamwork throughout the weekend.

The cadet program is an excellent opportunity for youth to participate in leadership and positive self image development. The cadet program encourages all interested youth and youth leaders to join the program!

Quick Facts

·        Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada

·        There is little or no cost for the cadets to be a member of Air, Army and Sea Cadets and Summer Training is no cost.

Trail Sea Cadet PO1 Campbell Retires

Petty Officer First Class Brianna Campbell ages out of Sea Cadets

January 31, 2017
Trail, BC
Department of National Defense

On 29 January 2017, Petty Officer First Class Brianna Campbell turned 19 years of age and retired from Sea Cadets.

Brianna joined 131 Kootenay Royal Canada Sea Cadet Corps in Trail in 2010 and except for a year off, she has been involved since. During her time in the Corps, she attended four summer courses. In 2011, she attended General Training, in 2012 she attended Basic Sail, 2013 saw her on the Ship Boat Operator Course and in 2014 she was on the Boatswain Course. All the courses were at Cadet Summer Training Centre Quadra on Vancouver Island.

“It has been a pleasure having PO1 Campbell in 131. It has been great to see her develop her skills and help the other cadets.” – Sub Lieutenant David Cherrington, Commanding Officer of 131 Kootenay

Last October, Brianna was selected for the Sea Cadet Seamanship Deployment. For six days she was onboard Patrol Craft Training Vessel “Moose”, an ORCA class training ship. With nine instructors and twenty four other cadets she sailed from the Vancouver Coast Guard station to Ganges Island and Salt Spring Island.

Another experience that stands out for Brianna is last year’s trip to Vancouver Island. On the one week trip during spring break, she visited the BC Legislature, the BC Museum, Butchart Gardens and Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

During her time in cadets, she received the Navy League Long Service Medal for 5 years in Sea Cadets, the Legion Medal, her Can Sail Level 1 and her Boating Licence.

“Cadets has been a great experience for me. It has helped me become less shy and more outgoing” – PO1 Brianna Campbell

Brianna is from Fruitvale but has also lived in Trail and Rossland. She graduated grade 12 last year from the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre.

131 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Kootenay always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.

Adults who would like to volunteer with the Corps or its civilian sponsoring body are also welcome.

Quick Facts

· Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada

· There is little or no cost for the cadets to be a member of the Cadets program and Summer Training is operated at no cost.

 

Maple Ridge cadet gets her sea legs

Summer of training: In her third summer training with Cadets Canada, Maple Ridge resident Amber Caldwell has been learning the importance of safety equipment in boats, during a six-week Ships Boat Operator Course. Caldwell is a member of local 354 Invincible Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and is in the process of passing the Small Craft Operator Permit. / SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

By ASHLEY WADHWANI (Maple Ridge Times)

In her third summer training with Cadets Canada, Maple Ridge resident Amber Caldwell has been learning the importance of safety equipment in boats, during a six-week ships boat operator course.

Caldwell is a member of local 354 Invincible Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and is in the works of passing the Small Craft Operator Permit (SCOP).

While training in the Comox Valley this summer, Caldwell said this year is different than the past two summers she spent with the cadets.

“My previous two courses were only two weeks and three weeks. This one’s a whole six weeks,” she explained.

She added “it’s great that we have all that time to meet so many new people.”

HMCS Quadra Cadet Training Centre is temporary home to more than 800 adult staff and cadets.

Every year, cadets from across the country have the unique opportunity to attend training centres to learn valuable transferable life skills including leadership, seamanship, instructional technique, team building and citizenship.

South Surrey cadet leader takes top post at training centre

Above: Lt.-Col. Wayne Heal (right) of South Surrey assumes command of the Albert Head Cadet Training Centre from Lt.-Col. Carrie Johnston (left) at a ceremony overseen by Cmdr. Andrew Muir (centre).— image credit: Angela Sargent

From Peace Arch News:

South Surrey’s Wayne Heal has a busy summer ahead.

Heal has been named the commanding officer of the Albert Head Cadet Training Centre that will train more than 800 sea, army and air cadets this summer. Continue reading South Surrey cadet leader takes top post at training centre

Spring break a thrill for Gibsons’ Sea Cadet in Coast Guard Boot Camp

Original Story: https://www.gibsonspage.ca/2016/04/spring-break-a-thrill-for-gibsons-sea-cadet-in-coast-guard-boot-camp/

Written by Deborah Morrow

This spring break, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class, Caitlin Jarvis of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corp Conway Division embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Jarvis spent her British Columbia High School Work Experience as one of three Youth Search and Rescue technicians on the Pacific Ocean with the Canadian Coast Guard. Continue reading Spring break a thrill for Gibsons’ Sea Cadet in Coast Guard Boot Camp

Nelson Sea Cadets Headed to National Competition

Source: http://www.nelsonstar.com/community/373902141.html

Cadet Kaden Ellis of 81 Hampton Gray VC Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps in Nelson will be heading to Kingston this summer to compete in the National Sea Cadet Regatta after placing first in the 41st annual national qualifying regatta in Victoria last weekend.

Dasha Russell, a Grade 11 L.V. Rogers student, had a strong third place finish and will join Ellis as part of the BC team.

Twenty cadets from various locations throughout BC competed in teams of two during the three-day selection camp and regatta. These cadets all qualified for the national qualifying regatta by sailing at the provincials last October in Esquimalt. The goal of the national qualifying regatta is to select the eight strongest cadet sailors to form the Pacific National Team.

“These sailors performed very well especially given the difficult wind conditions” said SLt. Dana Tomlinson, principle race officer for the regatta. “We’re confident in these top four teams going to Kingston, and we expect them to do very well.”

The national qualifying regatta was held in partnership with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, which offers tremendous benefits for both the staff and cadets. They are given the opportunity to learn from expert coaches on the water and afterwards with daily debriefs.

“The cadet sailing program runs in line with the Royal Victoria Yacht Club goals to bring together competitors from all parts of Western Canada to train together to develop racing, race management and coaching skills, sportsmanship and friendship,” said Royal Victoria head coach Steve McBride. “Every cadet who competed this weekend has an increased connection to sailing as a sport for life.”

Cadets Charlotte Clark (left) of 5 Rainbow Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps in Victoria and Kaden Ellis of 81 Hampton Gray VC Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps in Nelson are presented the First Place Goulding Cup by CPO1 Mike Feltham, formation chief of Maritime Forces Pacific, for taking the top spot in the national qualifying regatta.
Cadets Charlotte Clark (left) of 5 Rainbow Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps in Victoria and Kaden Ellis of 81 Hampton Gray VC Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps in Nelson are presented the First Place Goulding Cup by CPO1 Mike Feltham, formation chief of Maritime Forces Pacific, for taking the top spot in the national qualifying regatta.