Amazing race for amazing cadets
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.
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.