Cadets on a quest
Upper Island Cove corps hosts four-unit outing at Salmonier Line camp
The 2797 army cadet corps in Upper Island Cove undertook one of its most ambitious projects in recent memory last month by hosting a four-unit outing at the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre in Deer Park, on the Salmonier Line.
Some 85 cadets, civilian leaders and members of the Canadian Forces gathered from Oct. 14-16 for three days of orienteering, canoeing and comradeship.
In addition to 2797, cadets from corps in St. Mary’s, Bell Island and Norman’s Cove also took part.
“We proved there are good things going on in the cadet movement,” said Capt. Cindy Dobbin, the commanding officer of 2797.
Senior leaders with the cadet movement in the province have been promoting the concept of multi-unit outings and events, and 2797 was among the first to accept the challenge.
The intent of the outings is to foster comradeship, leadership and create new friendships.
“We were the first unit to take on such an event,” said Dobbin.
Canoeing a highlight for many
The outing was dubbed “Operation Brother Brennan,” and was themed after the show “The Amazing Race.”
“It was a navigation and trekking weekend. Our mission was to complete the amazing race,” Dobbin said
The young cadets between the ages of 12 and 19 had a terrific time, said Dobbin, and were especially excited about the opportunity to go canoeing.
“There were a lot of first-time canoers. They loved it,” she said.
The cadets and their leaders received tremendous support from members of 37 Service Battalion, a reserve unit based in St. John’s, Dobbin noted.
This unit specializes in providing supply, transport and maintenance services.
Dobbin said leaders from the army cadet detachment in St. John’s were also on hand to observe the activities.
She gave special praise to the civilian instructors with 2797 — Lieut. Craig Dobbin, Lieut. Rhonda Lynch and Lieut. April Menchions.
“Without them, the weekend wouldn’t
have been possible,” Dobbin stated.
The Upper Island Cove cadet corps has been active for 45 years, and parades Tuesday nights at St. Peter’s Elementary from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The corps has 21 cadets in its ranks, and more are welcome.
“We are strong in our ability, but low in numbers,” Dobbin stated. “The great thing is this program is no cost to young people, and it helps build our future leaders.”
Those taking part in a recent cadet outing at the Brother Brennan Centre in Deer Park, on the Salmonier Line, pose for a photo. The weekend event took place last month, and was hosted by the 2797 army cadet corps in Upper Island Cove.
Shown here are four army cadets with the 2797 corps in Upper Island Cove. They include: Front (l-r) —Sgt. Jo Lee Sparkes, Lcpl. Andrea Adams, W.O Shelby Snow and Sgt. Chantel Power. In the back are four members of the37 Service Battalion, a reserve unit based in St. John’s. They include: from left — Mcpl. O’connell, Cpl. Warren, Pte. Westcott and Cpl. Morgan.
Cpl. Jordan Clarke and Warrant Officer Dylan Whalen ofthe 2797 army cadet corps in Upper Island Coveenjoy their turn in the canoe.
These cadets enthusiastically take part in some team- building exercises, which helps create new friendships.
Canoeing is an activity that complements the army cadet program. The group shown here anxiously awaits their turn on the water.