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Letter to the editor: Cadet program is very valuable for young people

Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Menzies, with the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, walks along with Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Gregory Hale during the corps' annual review and inspection held Sunday at the Colchester Legion Stadium. Following the annual review, the cadets hosted demonstrations on biathlon, marksmanship, band and drill. 
Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Menzies, with the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, walks along with Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Gregory Hale at the Colchester Legion Stadium. - File Photo
TRURO, N.S. —

I would like to bring to the attention of parents, guardians, and others the significant value of Canada’s largest youth organization, Cadets Canada.
Cadets is a national program for youth 12 to 18 which currently has over 50,000 youth enrolled. It is sponsored nationally by the Canadian Forces. In our area we have cadets from the Navy, Army and Air Force.
As the volunteer Director for Truro Army Cadets, I would encourage any youth who are looking for challenging and meaningful after-school activity, to seriously consider becoming a cadet. The Army program is designed to develop good citizenship and leadership, social interaction with others, physical fitness, and much more. Cadets have weekend camping trips teaching self-sufficiency, the opportunity to attend well organized summer camps, participation in competitive and recreational biathlon and shooting plus our cadets have social activities such as Christmas Dinner, Halloween, etc.
Top motivated cadets go on expeditions and exchange programs both within and outside of Canada.
The cadet program is community-based and is funded by the Canadian government and local sponsors such as our Legion. The program is free and uniforms and most other equipment is provided. Training is usually one night a week plus some weekend activities. It is clearly a great investment in our future – our youth. I have watched with great delight the progression into responsible adults by many young women and men who were cadets
If someone you know or care for might be interested in the Army Cadet Program, the first night of recruiting is Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Truro Armouries. Ask for Captain Terry Moore Deputy Commanding Officer, an experienced Cadet Officer and a valued employee of the Department of Lands and Forests by day. Again the program is free and provides valuable training and fun.

Bob Baxter,
Director Truro Army Cadets,
Army Cadet League of Canada
 

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