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2019 - 2020 Volunteer
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he 3003 Battle River Princess
 Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet


We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about our Cadet corp and program. The Cadet program is helping develop the youth of our community by promoting responsibility, citizenship, leadership, self-respect, and self-reliance. The 3003 Battle River Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is part of the Army Cadet Program which is the oldest of the three cadet programs. Our corp 3003 Battle River Army Cadets celebrated our 35th anniversary last January. The cadet program is a nationally recognized youth movement that is offered at no cost to young people aged 12-19 inclusive. This means it is a completely FREE program, there is no cost to the parents for uniforms, activities or trips. A large number of Cadets have gone on to become outstanding citizens, successful business people, pilots and even Olympic athletes. Many of us recognize names such as Myriam Bedard, Chris Hadfield and David Higgins, all former cadets. Our cadets come from a large geographical area within east central Alberta, various backgrounds, and living situations to join together. Some cadets travel up to an hour each way to attend cadet events, showing their dedication and commitment to the program.

Our corp has grown substantially in the last few years, 2 years ago we had 17 cadets on parade, and we ended last year with 32. We are pleased to say that we started off the year with 36 cadets on parade, and are continuing to grow, with cadets joining throughout the year. They can join after their 12 th birthday, even if it is in the middle of the year.

The cadets are involved with a variety of activities, whether it be a fun training activity, or a community activity to help them work on their skills. We even have a range and biathlon team, both teams made it to provincials last year! The fun activities still teach the cadets life skills, they do FTX’s (Field training exercises) at least 3 times a year. The fall one focuses on bivouac, where they learn to build their own shelters as well as take in the traditional camping experiences (making fires, cooking food). The winter exercise focuses on winter, how to prepare for the elements, how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. They also do fun outside winter activities like snowshoeing. With us being an Alberta corp, and having 5 months of winter, these are valuable skills for the cadets to have. The Spring exercise focuses on Navigation, how to read a map, how to use GPS. The do a fun scavenger hunt to help them practice using these skills. They have also gone on trips to both Edmonton and Calgary, where they have visited the museums to learn more about our military history and the PPCLI history. They are involved in a variety of community activities, they participate in highway cleanup, the community cleanup for Wainwright, as well as volunteer at the steak fry’s at the Wainwright Legion. The cadets participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies in both Wainwright and Edgerton, as well as they also participate in Decoration Day in Edgerton in May. Both of these activities give the cadets the opportunity and privilege to show respect and admiration to our local military and soldiers.