Creston army cadet takes part in six-week army cadet expedition instructor course

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Army Cadet Dylan Emery Mainville of Creston takes a break to enjoy the view while hiking along the Rim Trail at Cathedral Provincial Park during the six-week expedition instructor course at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Army Cadet Dylan Emery Mainville of Creston takes a break to enjoy the view while hiking along the Rim Trail at Cathedral Provincial Park during the six-week expedition instructor course at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Army Cadet Dylan Emery Mainville — a member of Creston’s 1746 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps — hiked along the Rim Trail at Cathedral Provincial Park during the six-week expedition instructor course at Vernon Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Cadets enrolled in the six-week army cadet expedition instructor course learned first aid, mountain bike skills, hiking, canoeing and navigation.  A major part of their summer’s training was an 18-day expedition that took them by canoe, mountain bike and foot from Sicamous to Cathedral Provincial Park near the United States border. The cadets paddled the Shuswap River and Mara Lake, hiked the Larch Hills, mountain biked the Kettle Valley Railway and hiked the mountains in Cathedral Provincial Park, covering 360 kilometres.

The cadet program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12-18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

—VERNON ARMY CADET SUMMER TRAINING CENTRE