PCYC Emergency Services Cadets Unit
Standing proud, confident and building leadership
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.
CADETS: Childers PCYC cadets in training.