Sea cadets staying afloat

Har­bour Grace corps sees uptick in re­cruits

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMIKA REKAI

Petty Of­fi­cer I Ryan Pen­ney has been a mem­ber of the 32 Beothic Sea Cadets for six years and it all started with some ad­vice from his grand­fa­ther.

“My grand­fa­ther’s a mem­ber of the le­gion,” Pen­ney told the Com­pass dur­ing the corps’ an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view in Har­bour Grace on May 28.

“He would al­ways tell me how much fun he used to have with the cadets in his day, so I thought I’d try it out once to see if I liked it. Ev­ery­one was friendly, so I kept com­ing back.”

Since that first meet­ing, Pen­ney has learned in­valu­able skills. He has learned about wa­ter safety, first-aid, rope work and nav­i­ga­tion. He has par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties pro­mot­ing self-dis­ci­pline, team­work and lead­er­ship. Pen­ney has also had the op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue his love of mu­sic, and has been the 32’s band ma­jor for the last three years.

“ The cadets do seem some se­ri­ous, but it’s mostly fun,” he says.

Worth­while lessons

In his ad­dress, in­spect­ing of­fi­cer Com­man­der Lawrence Jones touched on the im­por­tance of mak­ing the worth­while lessons of cadets en­ter­tain­ing for the teenagers who

The fol­low­ing cadets will be at­tend­ing var­i­ous train­ing camps this sum­mer:

• PO1 Sa­man­tha Crocker — staff band in­struc­tor, HMCS Aca­dia, N.S.

• PO1 Nathan Small — as­sis­tant range staff, HMCS Aca­dia, N.S.

• PO1 Brid­gette Elyk — sail in­struc­tor staff, HMCS Avalon, St. John’s

• P02 Ja­cob Elyk — six-week in­ter­me­di­ate sail, HMCS Avalon, St. John’s

• MS Kyle Hamil­ton and MS Matthew Cooper — three-week in­ter­me­di­ate sail, HMCS Avalon, St. John’s

• LS Har­ri­son Verge, LS Mon­ica Grif­fin, LS Devon Pike and LS Brian Mc­Carthy — two week gen­eral train­ing, HMCS Aca­dia, N.S de­vote much of their time to the corps.

“Few peo­ple know what it takes to make a corps run ef­fi­ciently, and to make it fun.” Lawrence said to as­sem­bled of­fi­cers, cadets and fam­ily mem­bers. “It is the help of par­ents and vol­un­teers who make it pos­si­ble.”

The of­fi­cers of 32 Beothic have been com­mended for in­tro­duc­ing

MS Bran­don Nof­tall demon­strates the proper tech­nique for fir­ing in the prone po­si­tion.

mod­ern new ap­proaches to the cadet pro­gram at the ba­sic train­ing level. This year, cadets par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing scuba lessons, biathlon, sail­ing and fire­fight­ing classes with the Har­bour Grace fire brigade.

Their ef­forts have not been with­out re­sults.

Al­though the small corps has main­tained steady mem­ber­ship for the past decade, this past year saw an in­flux of young re­cruits.

While Pen­ney re­mem­bers be­ing one of only two re­cruits six years age, this year the corps suc­cess­fully re­tained 10 new mem­bers for the en­tire year.

With so many sto­ries of shrink­ing cadet corps across the coun­try, the new re­cruit num­bers in Har­bour Grace tell of a promis­ing fu­ture for this small corps.

Ca­reer path

And for those who have sev­eral years of ser­vice with the corps, the ben­e­fits are clear.

Petty Of­fi­cer I Andrew Ros­siter is sym­bolic of this. He was awarded the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Cadet Medal of Ex­cel­lence at the cer­e­mony, and says the pro­gram has al­ready set him on a ca­reer path.

“I liked learn­ing about fire­fight­ing, so I joined the ju­nior fire brigade here in Har­bour Grace,” he said. “Even­tu­ally I want to be a (pro­fes- sional) fire­fighter on the main­land.”

Af­ter he grad­u­ates from high school, Ros­siter hopes to at­tend fire train­ing school in Ver­mil­lion, Al­berta.

Shown here at the fire­fight­ing static dis­play are, from left, PO1 Andrew Ros­siter, LS Har­ri­son Verge, LS Bran­don Cole and LS Brian Mc­Carthy.

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