Attending cadets & staff for the RDA Weekend. (Group 1)

Cadets attend training weekend in Cranbrook

Training and accommodation took place between the two Cranbrook cadet units.

Regional Cadet Support Unit, Pacific, (RCSU Pac) hosted a Regional Directed Activity (RDA) weekend for Sea, Army and Air Cadets from the West and East Kootenays.

Training and accommodation took place between the two Cranbrook cadet units — 1813 Lord Strathcona Army Cadet Corp and 552 Key City Air Cadet Squadron.

Music Clinics, Orienteering, Summer Biathlon, Standing Range and First Aid brought over sixty-five interested youth together from Grand Forks, Nelson, Trail, Invermere, Kimberley and Cranbrook.

For many of these cadets, it was the first time they have had the opportunity to try these activities.

The Music Clinic offered cadets a chance to have some quality learning time, working on theory and techniques with qualified instructors.

On Sunday, everyone formed up and marched down the street to the beat of the Bass Drum.

Toni Kitto from the Kootenay Orienteering Club assisted with running an Orienteering Clinic and then a race for 40 cadets. The course was set out around the College of Rockies, in the Community Forest. With a 1:5 scale map, competitors needed to find a number of “controls,” in the correct order, within the allotted time frame. The great thing about Orienteering is you decide which route is the best for your ability.

Cutting across the terrain may be a shorter distance, but some of the obstacles may slow you down. On the other hand, staying on the path may take a longer time. It is up to you when to stay on the path and when to try a shortcut, and that makes this sport fun and challenging.

“Summer” Biathlon is a combination of running and marksmanship. It requires tremendous endurance and strength, as well as skill and precision.

Unpredictable elements including weather and wind conditions make this outdoor sport a fun and rewarding challenge. In marksmanship, cadets learn the two shooting positions — “prone” (laying down) and “standing.”

On Sunday, they were introduced to the proper stance and body positions for the standing position. In both programs, cadets are taught the proper use and safe handling of firearms.

Four local firefighters stopped by to chat with cadets about what they do and what it takes to become a firefighter. They discussed their roles and responsibilities during emergency calls, and that each call is different.

When it comes to first aid, their primary focus is to stabilize the patient for transport. The firefighters demonstrated securing a cervical collar onto a cadet volunteer, who had a “suspected spinal injury.” As they went along, they talked about the whole procedure.

The cadets had a large variety of questions for the firefighters and a keen interest in the responses.

If you have an interest in music, aviation, sailing, marksmanship, public speaking, first aid, drill, the cadet program offers opportunities to contribute your skills close to home.

 

Cadets practising their drumming skills (Drums)

Ready, Aim, Fire (Biathlon)

Cadet Benoit punching the last control (Orienteering 5)

Just Posted

Castlegar Rebels on eight-game winning streak after defeating Spokane Braves

The Castlegar Rebels defeated the Spokane Braves 6-3 on Saturday night.

Flight scheduled to open Trail’s airport terminal diverted to Castlegar

Weather conditions move flight scheduled for opening of Trail Regional Airport terminal to Castlegar

Castlegar Rebels take flight in win over Grand Forks

Team speed was too much for the visiting Grand Forks Border Bruins to handle.

City of Castlegar adjusts water and sewer rate proposal

Changes were made in response to concerns raised during public feedback period.

BCHL team commits to Castlegar Rebels’ forward

The Langley Rivermen have committed to Castlegar Rebels’ forward Brandon Cost for the 2018-19 season.

VIDEO: Best photos of the Supermoon 2017

At its closest, the Frost Moon was about 363,300 km away from the Earth

CPR Holiday Train rolls into Castlegar Tuesday

The CPR Holiday Train has been making tracks across Canada and is its way to arrive in Castlegar.

Emergency response ‘well executed’ in B.C. carbon monoxide poisoning

Emergency Health Services talks about how first responders dealt with this ‘mass casualty event’

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Firefighters protect seaside California towns as blaze rages

A flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday

Putin declares victory on visit to air base in Syria

Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation.

Pipe bomb explodes in NYC subway

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

Toronto FC to hold victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Canada’s only commercial spaceport hopes to launch 12 rockets per year

Nova Scotia’s rocket launch site hopes to eventually host 12 launches per year

Most Read