Army cadets offers challenges and fun for teens

Army cadets offers challenges and fun for teens

All teens 12 to 18 years of age are invited to become a member of 3064 Rocky Mountain Ranger Army Cadets.

All teens 12 to 18 years of age are invited to become a member of 3064 Rocky Mountain Ranger Army Cadets.

Regular meetings are held every Wednesday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m. downstairs in the Legion hall on Barnard Street.

Cadets is a national organization whose purpose is to develop in youth the attributes of leadership, engaged and active citizenship and physical fitness.

It offers challenges, friendship and adventure.

It’s an opportunity to expand your own horizons, contribute to your community and make friends for life. Many former Cadets credit their participation in the program with giving them a head-start toward their successful careers.

Did you know that astronaut Chris Hadfield and Jim Carey were Cadets in their teens? Cadets meet once a week and several weekends throughout the school year. Some of the activities to expect at Army Cadets include ceremonial drill, first aid, outdoor skills, sports, and citizenship events that support your community.

Occasional weekend activities include biathlon, camping, map and compass and air rifle competition.

There is also plenty of time to have fun, and make new friends.

For those interested, Cadets have summer camps, where cadets can go for two to eight weeks on a variety of courses.

Each camp offers a unique mixture of outdoor activities and valuable instruction such as leadership training, instructional techniques, music, marksmanship, summer biathlon, aerospace studies, map and compass, camping and adventure, ceremonial drill, physical education, computer skills and citizenship.

Attendance at summer camp is free. All transportation, meals, lodging, and special equipment are provided. Every Cadet attending summer camp receives a training allowance. Cadets in staff positions receive a salary.

On top of all the fun, Cadet training is a hands-on, activity-based program that should compliment school studies.

In fact, in British Columbia the education board accepts cadet subjects for school credits.

As well, there are several scholarships available through Cadets.

It’s absolutely free to join; there are no sign-up fees, no dues and no cost for a uniform.

Cadets is funded by the department of national defense, the Army Cadet League of Canada, a civilian non-profit and the Cadet Corps Sponsoring Committee which is made up of parents and generous people in the community willing to give back a little bit of their time for our future citizens and leaders. anyone wishing to volunteer with the Williams Lake Army Cadet Corps Sponsoring Committee can call 250-392-4850.

For more information about the Canadian Cadet movement go to www.cadets.ca or call 250-305-1299.

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