Local cadet group seeking space to rent

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - A local cadet group is looking for some space to rent in Truro.
Lawrence Arsenault sent a letter to the town on behalf of 77 ArrowHead Squadron of the Air Cadets of Canada stating it was looking for a new home to train and for classroom work. It is currently located in Debert, Mayor Bill Mills told council yesterday.
"Their numbers are low and they're in danger or losing their charter," he said.
"They feel if they move back to Truro they'll have a good opportunity to build the cadet corps back up again."
The town has some vacant buildings they are looking for uses for and the cadet group might make a good fit.
"They're not looking for something for nothing," Mills stressed. "They are willing to pay a rent."
No decisions were made but future discussions will take place.

Organizations: Air Cadets

Geographic location: TRURO, Canada, Debert

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  • Sarah
    January 18, 2010 - 10:12

    I bet PMR or one of the other surplus schools would make a fantastic place for the cadets to rent!

  • AJ
    January 18, 2010 - 09:55

    I'm firmly in favour of this. The Cadets - Sea, Army, and Air Cadets - are one of the very best youth programs in the world.

    What other kind of program would get young people out to the Remembrance Day ceremony or helping at the park for Canada Day? I learned respect for myself, self-discipline, and practical stuff (like how to iron a shirt!) in Cadets. Life skills that schools do not or cannot teach our kids!

    I'm not sure, but I think cadets is also FREE for the kids. At least it was when I was in it years ago. I couldn't afford any of the other programs out there for young people in Truro.

    Kudos to Mayor Mills for lending his efforts to help this organization help itself!

  • V
    January 18, 2010 - 09:48

    I have a 12-year old in the Truro Army Cadets now. I am amazed at the opportunities presented to my son and the events and things he has been able to take part in since joining last November. It is an excellent program and the kids are really learning skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. I personally could ramble for ages about how truly wonderful it is.

    AJ is right-- cadets is totally free. On that note I have to say that I was surprised that more kids (and parents) aren't taking advantage of the Cadet programs available here in Truro.

    I wholeheartedly agree with previous posts -- the Cadet force is worth preserving and I hope this squadron is able to find the space they need to continue the program. It would be a shame to lose such a positive thing for young kids in our area.

  • AD
    January 18, 2010 - 09:42

    I spent four years in the army cadets in the early 80's. Not only did it teach me a lot of life skills but it also kept me out of trouble, while other in their teens were tearing up, I was paving the way to being a contributing member of society (although I never knew it!).
    The Cadet force is worth preserving.