VERNON — Cadets Trystan Gibb of Lintlaw and Amanda Brownlee of Kelvington both experienced a three-week expedition course at Vernon cadet camp last month.Members of 2271 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (Pipestone) of Wadena, Cadets Gibb and Brownlee attended the Basic Expedition course at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC), where they learned the fundamentals of expedition training.
Included in the training were lessons on how to select and navigate a route using maps, pack for an expedition, establish a daily routine, ride a mountain bike on trails and paddle a canoe on flat water. The training was used during a five-day expedition in the hills overlooking the Okanagan Valley. The cadets also completed a swim test and learned emergency first aid. For relaxation, the cadets spent a day sightseeing and shopping in Vernon and an afternoon at Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake.
All three-week basic courses, leadership, sports and fitness, marksmanship, band, pipes and drums, and expedition, concluded with a graduation parade on July 25 on Sicily Square at VACSTC. Reviewing Officer for the parade was Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Tyler, the commanding officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
Trystan Gibb, accompanied by cadet Dianna Chan of Coquitlam, B.C., practises his canoe skills on Lake James in the Okanagan Valley during his three-week Basic Expedition course. —VACSTC photos by Captain Debbie Middleton
More than 1200 army cadets from Western Canada spend up to six summer weeks in the Okanagan Valley training centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.
The Cadet Program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. They also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
Submitted by Wayne Emde, community public relations officer, Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre