PCYC Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadets Unit

Stand­ing proud, con­fi­dent and build­ing lead­er­ship

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STAND­ING proud and at at­ten­tion was Childers’ youngest sup­port team for the emer­gency ser­vices, the PCYC Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadets Unit.

They showed off their pa­rade skills in Mil­len­nium Park last week, as they marched into town, all eyes were on them with cu­rios­ity and in­trigue.

Cadet leader Rhy Baker said the cadets proudly dis­played how they pa­rade and it seemed, the whole of Childers stopped to watch.

The cadets re­mained in form as they dis­played their skills with con­fi­dence and pride.

Mrs Baker said the cadets held their end of year camp, at Camp Re­mem­brance on Laceys Rd South Isis.

“The cadets started off with a 1.7km trek through bush­land to get to their camp site.

“They camped out in tents and built camp fires as the evening cooled down,” she said.

At night the cadets en­joyed camp fire jokes, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and of course, it wouldn’t be a camp fire with­out marsh­mal­lows.

The Childers cadets woke bright and early to make break­fast and get the new day started.

Mrs Baker said the cadets in­ter­acted with team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, build­ing trust and prob­lem solv­ing skills.

As the week­end heated up so did the cadets, with the creek in sight of their camp, the cadets made a dash to the creek for a quick splash and cool down.

“The cadets made their own camp fire damper for lunch with vari­a­tions of amaz­ing to in­ter­est­ing re­sults,” Mrs Baker said.

“Then it was all over too quickly as it was time to pack up camp and get back to the real world.

“Camps are an in­te­gral part of the cadet pro­gram, learn­ing through hav­ing fun, gain­ing new skills and en­cour­ag­ing team­work.”

The camps are great fun and the cadets all seem to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence, they are hop­ing to in­crease the num­ber of camps through­out next year.

The PCYC Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadets Childers unit meets ev­ery Wed­nes­day (ex­clud­ing school hol­i­days) at the Childers SES shed, North Street from 3.30pm-5.30pm.

Cadets is a step­ping stone into the emer­gency ser­vices, such as the SES and is de­signed for teenagers aged 12-17 years old.

New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come and en­cour­aged to sign up as a mem­ber.

“The most shy kids find their con­fi­dence be­ing a cadets,” Mrs Baker said.

The PCYC Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadet pro­gram was launched in 2013 by the Pre­mier at the time, Campbell New­man, Po­lice Min­is­ter, at the time Jack Dempsey and As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Emer­gency Vol­un­teers Ted Malone.

The ca­reers may have changed but the Cadet pro­gram is de­vel­op­ing fu­ture Queensland lead­ers.

PHOTO: JODIE FAIR

CADETS: Childers PCYC cadets in train­ing.

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