Local cadet gets fit on the West Coast

Cadet Griffin Windsor of Elkford had first summer training experience this year.

Submitted by Captain Jacqueline ZwengUnit Public Affairs Representative, Department of National Defence

Cadet Griffin Windsor from Elkford, BC, has been making friends and learning sport on the West Coast of B.C. this summer.  This is Cadet Windsor’s first cadet summer training experience and he was hoping to learn about how the cadet program works outside of his home community. His expectations were certainly met as he beamed about the last three weeks at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre near Victoria, BC.

Cadet Windsor, 14, is from 279 Elk Valley Squadron in Sparwood. He has been a cadet for two years. This summer, he is attending the three-week basic fitness and sports course. In addition to canoeing, the cadets participated in volleyball, soccer, sport safety, handball, dodge ball, swimming, orienteering, and much more. They even attended a semi-pro baseball game and a roller derby. Cadet Windsor also enjoys sport outside of the Cadet Program, including air softing and wake boarding.

This summer, Cadet Windsor was very inspired by learning all about refereeing sports. Throughout the regular training year, Cadet Windsor will now be asked to help lead the cadet fitness assessment, fitness training programs and sports nights.  “I think cadets is the greatest program I’ve ever joined. It’s a lot of fun despite being strict at times and I think the strictness is a good thing. My squadron friends are my best friends,” said Cadet Windsor.

More than 3,400 Sea, Army and Air Cadets are participating in summer training activities across B.C. this summer. Other cadets have had the opportunity to travel across the country and even overseas. To find out more about the Cadet Program visit www.cadets.ca or follow us on Twitter @BC_Cadets.