Cadet pro­gram builds good cit­i­zen­ship

Truro Daily News - - Opinion -

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.

Bob Bax­ter,

Na­tional VP (NS),

Army Cadet League of Canada Direc­tor Truro Army Cadets

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