New year, lots of activities planned for Elk Valley Air Cadets squadron

The Elk Valley Air Cadets are back from summer camp and ready to start a new year of exciting activities.

By S. L. Furedi

 

The Elk Valley Air Cadets are back from summer camp and ready to start a new year of exciting activities.

Unlike many teen sports or groups, this one comes at little cost to parents, says Captain Murray Clow.

“Uniforms are provided, trips and camp-outs are free and there’s a lot of great opportunities for those who join up,” he said.

First aid, drill, range, band and gliding are some of the many skills teens can learn in the cadets, said Clow. They also focus on community involvement, civic responsibility and leadership skills. As part of their activities, cadets take tours of museums and air force and military bases and fun nights include swimming and bowling parties or sports nights.

“This is not a pre-enlistment program for the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Clow. “In fact, only one per cent of cadets go on to join the regular forces. This is a great way for teens to learn skills and enjoy activities they would never ordinarily get the chance to be involved in.”

The cadets are seen at many community events throughout the year, including cenotaph duty and parade for Remembrance Day ceremonies, helping with Canada Day, and riding the legion float in the Coal Miner Days parade.

Their distinctive blue uniforms, and obvious pride in these activities, make them very visible in the community, said Clow.

“They’re a great group of young people. And it’s amazing how we see them grow, through cadets, to becoming young adults anyone would be proud of.”

Through the cadet corps, teens can go to cadet camps during the summer and be paid for their attendance. Also, cadet officer training and experience count towards high school credits.

Ben Doratty, a sergeant with the Elk Valley squadron, attended Advanced Aviation at the Royal Gliding School (Pacific) at the Canadian Forces base in Comox.

“The course I attended was a senior camp for cadets with an interest in aviation that was three weeks long,” he said. “At Comox, we learned Ground School; that teaches things such as theory of flight, meteorology, navigation etc. We took tours of the active forces squadrons and buildings that are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

“One of the most important things of this camp was not the friends, or the pay cheques, but the knowledge I learned that will hopefully send me to the glider scholarship next year. Overall it was a great course and a great summer.”

Sgt. Matthew Wasiewicz spent two weeks in Cold Lake at Survival Instructor Camp.

“Going to camp is a worthwhile experience every year,” he said, even “skinning the rabbits was a great experience in both learning and training.”

Enrolment in cadets is open to anyone ages 12 to 18 in Fernie, Hosmer, Sparwood or Elkford. Meetings are Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sparwood Eagles Hall. For more information contact Clow at 250-425-6448, or Parent Sponsoring Committee Chair Yvette Doratty at 250-425-9443.

Just Posted

Sledder dies near Fernie

Fernie Search and Rescue was tasked by the RCMP to respond to a sledder in medical distress

GALLERY: Elkford goes wild for winter

Big turnout to annual Winter in the Wild festival in Elkford

Fernie Mountain Film Festival this weekend

The Radicals, This Mountain Life to headline Fernie Mountain Film Festival Feb. 22-24

City of Fernie poised to approve $19.3m loan for multi-purpose centre

The City must prove it can pay its portion of the $72.5 million centre if successful for a grant

Elk Valley mines boost overall Teck production

Fording River, Elkview achieve record fourth quarter; Fording, Greenhills have bumper year

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Kootenay man dies in crash near Sparwood

Accident occurred last night east of Sparwood, RCMP appealing for witnesses

POLL: Are Wildlife Detection Systems in the Elk Valley working?

In 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) installed two wildlife… Continue reading

Sparwood zoning bylaw review underway

This is the first comprehensive review of the bylaw since it was adopted in 1981

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Most Read