Amaz­ing race for amaz­ing cadets

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts Cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

Twelve chal­lenges, over 95 kilo­me­tres, hun­dreds of vol­un­teer hours and a count­less num­ber of "Thank You’s" later, the 90 cadets who par­tic­i­pated in an "Ad­ven­ture Chal­lenge", their own ver­sion of the Amaz­ing Race, left with smiles plas­tered all over their faces.

"This ‘Ad­ven­ture Chal­lenge’ brought us some fan­tas­tic feed­back from the peo­ple who saw the Cadets par­tic­i­pat­ing, many of whom did not know the Cadet pro­gram even ex­isted," said Ma­jor Tim McKee, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the 3018 RCACC.

"They com­mented on the ca­ma­raderie dis­played by the Cadets, the fact that even though they seemed ‘rushed’ they even took time to say ‘Thank you’, and ev­ery­one loved the con­cept."

Since the week­end, the Corps’ Face­book page has been buzzing with com­ments from Cadets who had a great time. Many of them ex­press­ing that they had an ex­pe­ri­ence that they will never for­get.

Af­ter meet­ing at the Trim Rd Park and Ride, the cadets were off at 8 a.m.

Be­ing put through their paces, the cadets par­tic­i­pated in an ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties that were all done ei­ther on foot or by public tran­sit.

These ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded, among other things: plant­ing trees at Car­di­nal Creek, seek­ing out an item at Play It Again Sports, count­ing ceil­ing lights at Dow Honda, pad­dle boat­ing in Dow’s Lake, trans­pos­ing con­tent on a Press Plate at the Ot­tawa Cit­i­zen head­quar­ters and map & com­pass work at the light house on St. Lau­rent.

An­other stop had the cadets look for the Valiants Me­mo­rial and find the three mon­u­ments ded­i­cated to peo­ple who were in­volved in the War of 1812.

"It was re­ally cool to learn that Laura Secord was in­volved in that war," said 13-year-old Ti­auna White. "I will look at their choco­lates dif­fer­ently now."

Be­ing a part of the Car­di­nal Creek tree plant­ing was also a high­light, said McKee. Of the 225 trees planted Satur­day, ap­prox­i­mately 75 were planted by the Cadets as their first chal­lenge.

The last team Sun­day.

ar­rived

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Photo: Pro­vided

Team 4 was the first to ar­rive on Sun­day. They were very proud of their team flag and of­fi­cial team pose. From left to right: Cpl Hard­ing, Cpl Dempsey, MWO Fell, MCpl Pre­ston, MCpl Gallerneau.

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