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81 Hampton Gray Sea Cadets participate in engaging activities

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January 22nd, 2024

The sea cadets at 81 Hampton Gray in Nelson, BC are keeping busy with an exciting and engaging training year.

The corps Commanding Officer (CO) Lt(N) Michelle Harris and their staff have been working hard planning and delivering opportunities for youth in the program.

They started their training year in September with some lesson in sailing on Kootenay Lake. The cadets learn the skills needed to sail a small vessel safely and properly.   They kept the excitement going with an outdoor survival and leadership skills weekend. This took place in Fruitvale with other cadets from the West Kootenays. The cadets had a wonderful time meeting other cadets and developing their skills in knot tying, fire starting, ground to air signals, leadership, and marksmanship.

The cadets meet every Thursday evenings in the basement of the Nelson Covenant Church. During these training sessions, the cadets participate in lessons in drill, citizenship, seamanship and more. The cadets could be seen around the community in November while they assisted the Royal Canadian Legion with the annual Poppy Campaign. This annual citizenship activity supports the local Legions, which in-turn support the communities they are in.

The cadet went on a tour of the 44th Engineer Squadrons facility at the end of November – learning about the reserve opportunities in the Canadian Armed Forces and what the Squadron does. The cadets thoroughly enjoyed getting to learn about the facility, equipment and role the Squadron plays as part of the Canadian Armed Forces.

As December approached, the corps did a fun team-building activity where they took part in an Escape Room. The cadet program encourages teamwork and youth leading youth and this was an exciting way to incorporate the lesson.

At the end of December, the cadets from 81 Hampton Gray met up with the local air cadets for a Mess Dinner. This is an exciting activity for cadets to learn about some of the history and traditions of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as meet other cadets in a fun and social environment.

  • The sea cadets have more fun yet to come – including cross-country skiing, a sports day, an outdoor camp out and possibly more. The cadet program is for youth ages 12-18 and you are able to enroll at anytime during the year (1 September to 30 June) More information about the Sea Cadet program can be found at cadets.ca or by emailing 81sea@cadets.gc.ca. 81 RCSCC meets on Thursday evenings in Nelson.

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