Sea cadets staying afloat
Harbour Grace corps sees uptick in recruits
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.
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.
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.