Cadet program builds good citizenship
To the editor:
I would like to bring to the attention of parents, guardians, and others the significant value of Canada’s largest youth organization, Cadets Canada.
Cadets is a national program for youth ages 12 to 18 which currently has more than 50,000 youth enrolled. It is sponsored nationally by the Canadian Forces. In our area we have Cadets from the Navy, Army and Air Force.
As the National Vice President ( Army) for Nova Scotia I would encourage any youth who are looking for challenging and meaningful after- school activity, to seriously consider becoming a Cadet. The Army program is designed to develop good citizenship and leadership, social interaction with others, physical fitness, and more. Cadets have weekend camping trips teaching self- sufficiency, the opportunity to attend wellorganized summer camps, participate in competitive and recreational biathlon and shooting, plus our Cadets have social activities such as Christmas Dinner, Halloween, etc. Topmotivated Cadets go on expeditions and exchange programs both within and outside of Canada.
The Cadet program is community based and is funded by the Canadian Government and local sponsors such as our Legion. The program is free and uniforms and most other equipment is provided. Training is usually one night a week plus some weekend activities. It is clearly a great investment in our future – our youth. I have watched, to my great delight, the progression into responsible adults of many young women and men.
If someone you know or care for might be interested in the Army Cadet Program, the first night of recruiting is Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 pm. at the Truro Armouries. Ask for Captain Jamie Richards, Deputy Commanding Officer an experienced Cadet Officer and an IT professional at the NSCC by day.
Again, the program is free and provides valuable training and fun.
National VP (NS),
Army Cadet League of Canada Director Truro Army Cadets