Cadets welcome exchange from Canada’s largest city

The 1787 Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadet Corps has been a presence in Salmon Arm for 74 years.

The 1787 Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadet Corps has been a presence in Salmon Arm for 74 years.

This year, the corps invited army cadets from Toronto to come and see what the area offers through a YMCA exchange program.

Cadets and staff from both corps are enjoying a number of events during the weeklong visit that began March 7.

Day one was to be marked by a community service project in the downtown between 9 a.m. and noon.

In the following days, cadets were to visit the Kamloops Wildlife Park and the Rocky Mountain Rangers Armoury, Kelowna’s Myra Canyon and the Kelowna Armoury, Craigellachie and the Revelstoke Railway Museum, Vernon’s Army Cadet Camp, the Deep Creek Tool Museum and a trip to Herald Park and Margaret Falls, before winding up the week’s activities with a hike at Little Mountain Park.

A week later on April 21, Salmon Arm cadets will reunite with their 26 newfound friends in Toronto.

“We have been raising money for our exchange trip since September and would like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goal so far,” says Capt. Theresa Brooks. “A special thanks to the legion, Elks, Royal Purple, SASCU and of course our sponsoring committee. Without your help, we would not have reached our goal.”

Brooks says the corps is still raising money for a side trip they would like to take in Toronto. Anyone interested in helping with fundraising may contact Brookes at 250-804-1240.

The local army cadet corps currently has 26 youths between the ages of 12 and 18 who participate.

The corps meets Monday evenings between 6 and 9 p.m. at South Canoe School.