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2018 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Scholarship – Accepting Applications NOW

“The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation Board of Directors, we are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. Royal Canadian Sea Cadets are encouraged to apply for a scholarship – they range from $1,000 – $5,000. They can either apply using the application form (attached) or they can go to the online application

The application deadline is 30 June – for additional information go to our website. We encourage everyone to apply!

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The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation, in partnership with The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, and with the generous support of organizations like the Naval Association of Canada as well as the individual donors, provides financial assistance to Sea Cadets who are pursuing Post-Secondary Studies.

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c/o 201-1505 Laperriere Avenue
Ottawa, ON
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Lebrun to take aim at provincial biathlon competition

Williams Lake cadet Kaitlin Lebrun takes aim during the Northern Zone Biathlon this past weekend in Prince George. Lebrun finished first in the female youth category. (Cpt. Andrew Tomlinson photo)

Original Story by Williams Lake Tribune:

Cadet Kaitlin Lebrun of Williams Lake shot her rifle and skied to a gold medal at the Northern Zone Biathlon Competition held at Otway Ski centre in Prince George last weekend.

Lebrun, 17, is with 202 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps in Williams Lake. More than 30 cadets competed in Prince George, testing their fitness, skiing, teamwork, and marksmanship skills over a 6 km course.

“I’ve always wanted to ski and do sports, this is fun,” says cadet Lebrun, “I encourage others to do it.”

Lebrun, who is Chief Petty Officer in her Corps, has attended three zone competitions and participated in two provincial competitions in past years. Lebrun has also been on an exchange trip to the U.S. with the Cadet Program.

Lebrun finished first in the female youth category and will compete at the provincial level February 2-3 in Mount Washington, Comox.

The Cadet Program aims to develop in youth ages 12-18 the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth in sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Smithers sea cadet sails with navy sailors

Sea cadet Matthew Steventon of Smithers gets ready to haul in the anchor of the Canadian Armed Forces’ ORCA Class vessel RAVEN while sailing through the Gulf Islands this week. Captain Peter Fuerbringer photo

Cadet Matthew Steventon parades with 204 Babine Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and is one of just 64 sea cadets from Ontario, the prairies and B.C. chosen to take part in a one-week seamanship deployment this fall.

Working alongside Royal Canadian Navy sailors, he will be trained to conduct a variety of shipboard duties including navigation, engineering, maintenance, emergency response, and man-overboard drills. This once in a lifetime experience is provided at no cost to the cadets.

“I am having the time of my life learning so much about the ship and the different duties we have, as well as making a lot of new friends!” says cadet Steventon.

The Cadet Program aims to develop in youth ages 12-18 the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

– Submitted by Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific).

CPO2 Toderovich – Navy League Cadet of the Year 2017

 Lyle Toderovich received recognition for achieving excellence when he was in cadets while growing up in Alberta.

Now, 47 years later, history repeated itself when Toderovich’s son Vincent, was recently recognized for excellence in cadets in B.C.

The local 12-year-old Navy League of Canada cadet was honoured as B.C.’s Cadet of the Year and awarded the Medal of Excellence recognizing his leadership, marksmanship, drill team and first aid skills.

Vincent, a Grade 6 student at Pinewood elementary school and member of the local cadet corps 142 Aurora, started in the Navy League cadets at nine years old.

Lyle achieved accolades in first aid and marksmanship.

“My time in cadets was a really great time,” Lyle said, leaning over an old photo album that held the yellowed newspaper clippings describing his achievements. “When my son saw this he was quite surprised and encouraged but he didn’t really need much encouragement because he’s always been inside himself a military type of person. He studied the World Wars and tank battles. He was always completely interested right from when he was very small.”

Vincent got his start in the Navy League cadets at a special annual event in Prince George.

“I was at Canada Day a few years back and there was this army tent that I usually liked to go to and I’d been down there so many times that one of the soldiers said I should join cadets,” Vincent said. “They told me where to go and how to join so that’s how it started off.”

Navy League of Canada cadets are geared for youth between nine and 12 years old and features activities like boating, sports and music while focusing on leadership, citizenship and teamwork.

In 142 Aurora, there are 31 cadets and at least 12 officer and civilian instructors.

The time commitment sees cadets attend regular meetings every Monday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and volunteer to raise funds for the corps several times a year as well as attend summer camp where they receive outdoor adventure training. They also participate in parades and honour veterans several ways including at the Cougars hockey game, as well as at the Remembrance Day ceremonies.

“It is fun to go to cadets,” Vincent said.

“It’s taught me a lot of things, helped me a lot, and taught me leadership, life skills, how to be a good citizen and a lot more.”

Vincent is the coxswain of the cadet corps, which means he’s the most senior-ranking cadet and uses the traditional Navy bosun’s call to give his commands, Commanding Officer of 142 Aurora Lt. (NL) Tom Taylor explained. Taylor’s son Camron was awarded the Medal of Excellence four years ago.

There are more than 400 cadets in 12 Navy League corps in the province.

“The coxswain is usually the most proficient cadet and if he can maintain that then the corps runs well, the kids respect him and those things are noticed and that’s what gets him submitted (as a candidate for Cadet of the Year, Medal of Excellence),” Taylor said.

Vincent is drill team captain, and first aid team captain as well as the coxswain. Vincent was honoured at a provincial competition where each first aid team was given a variety of different situations. 142 Aurora took top honours and Vincent was recognized as top team captain as well.

“I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful child,” Lyle said. “He has a great moral code and in a sense he’s teaching me as much as I try to guide him.”

Taylor said when he looks back at his time with Vincent, it’s very moving.

“It’s almost a teary moment because you’re very proud to know that you were part of it,” Taylor said who has been volunteering since 2009.

“And that’s why we do the program – for those ah-ha moments and you think ‘that was worth it’ and then you come back again next year.”

Vincent already has a plan that he thinks might work in his future, he said.

“So I already finished junior Navy and now I’m going to join Army cadets (for those between 12 and 19),” Vincent said with a smile.

“And then I believe we have a reserve here – a division – and so I might join that and then the rest is history.”

© Copyright 2017 Prince George Citizen

Source: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/local-navy-league-cadet-gets-provincial-top-honour-1.20675435

Trail Sea Cadets help with Communities in Bloom

Trail Cenotaph gets flowers from the Trail Sea Cadets

November 14, 2016
Trail, BC
Department of National Defense

The week before Remembrance Day, members of the 131 Kootenay, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets were hard at work on the Trail Cenotaph planting tulip bulbs.

“Helping the community is an important part of the cadet program and we are happy to help anyway we can” -Sub Lieutenant David Cherrington

The cadets, working with Communities in Bloom, planted red and white tulip bulbs.  These tulips will bloom around the Cenotaph with the colours of Canada’s Flag during the Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

“This going to look great in the spring” -PO2 Naomi Savage

131 Kootenay meets every Tuesday evening at the Trail Armories and is always welcoming new cadets and adult volunteers.

Quick Facts

·        The Trail Sea Cadets have been active in Trail since the 1950’s.

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

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.