Cadets on a quest

Up­per Is­land Cove corps hosts four-unit out­ing at Sal­monier Line camp

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

Proud his­tory

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.

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