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

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

Syringa fires under control

After more than a month, the Syringa Fire Complex is not expected to grow any larger.

Kootenay West MLA addresses Trail acid spills

Conroy seeking answers to public’s questions

Off to the races!

Plenty of choice for Castlegar voters in the municipal election

Municipal spending outpaces population growth 4-fold in B.C.: report

Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its annual operational spending report

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

New political party holds an informational session in Vernon

Maxime Bernier’s The People’s Party of Canada draws about 2o interested patrons to Vernon pub.

B.C. MLAs reminded of rural school struggles

Finance committee hears of falling enrolment, staff shortages

B.C. VIEWS: ’Not photo radar’ coming soon to high-crash areas

ICBC deficit now largely due to reckless and distracted driving

Researchers tag great white shark in Atlantic Canada

Information will be used to learn more about where white sharks move in Canadian waters

Mix-up of bodies leads to funeral home reforms in Nova Scotia

One woman was was mistakenly cremated, another was embalmed and presented to family members during a visitation that went horribly wrong

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Most Read