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Salmon Arm cadet hones canoeing skills

Army Cadets Rielly Jacques (left) of Salmon Arm and Leander Patenaude of Fort McMurray, Ata. practise their canoe skills on Lake James in the Okanagan Valley during the three-week Basic Expedition Course. - Photo courtesy of Captain Debbie Middleton
Army Cadets Rielly Jacques (left) of Salmon Arm and Leander Patenaude of Fort McMurray, Ata. practise their canoe skills on Lake James in the Okanagan Valley during the three-week Basic Expedition Course.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Captain Debbie Middleton

Cadet Rielly Jacques of Salmon Arm just spent three weeks in the Basic Expedition Course at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre, learning the fundamentals of expedition training.

Cadet Jacques is a member of 1787 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (Rocky Mountain Rangers) of Salmon Arm.

Included in the training are lessons on how to select and navigate a route using maps, how to pack for an expedition, how to establish a daily routine, how to ride a mountain bike on trails and how to paddle a canoe on flat water.

The training was used during a five-day expedition in the hills overlooking the Okanagan Valley. The cadets also completed a swim test and learned emergency first aid. For relaxation, the cadets spent a day sightseeing and shopping in Vernon and an afternoon at Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake.

All three-week basic courses (leadership, sports and fitness, marksmanship, band and pipes and drums and Expedition) ended their training with a graduation parade on Friday, July 25 at the army camp.

 

 

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