Canadian Army Cadets Head for Nepal

1 11 2010

Expeditions are a superior vehicle to challenge learned skills in the outdoors, orienteering, healthy living, leadership and personal achievement.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Sixteen Army cadets and four Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) officers from across Canada are participating in the Royal Canadian Army Cadet International Expedition from 13 – 31 October, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. This annual expedition provides cadets with the opportunity to exercise self-reliance, leadership and the spirit of adventure.

“I wish the best to the cadets and instructors taking part in this unique and challenging experience,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “This endeavour clearly illustrates some of the amazing opportunities that are presented by participation in the Army cadets.”

“This expedition is a significant test of leadership and teamwork, as well as an incredible chance for personal growth,” said Vice Admiral Bruce Donaldson, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff. “This once-in-a-lifetime journey symbolizes the unique opportunities offered by the cadet program.”

The Army cadet expedition is the premier activity that challenges Army cadets to new levels. It is the culmination of at least four years of training and requires a superior level of fitness and maturity.

The expedition challenges cadets individually and as a group to improve their teamwork, co-operation and resourcefulness, as well as their skills in decision making, problem solving, communications and time management. The chosen cadets were required to meet stringent selection criteria that included national-level exams and participation in regional expedition activities.

The focus of this year’s expedition was on high-altitude trekking and backpacking, and introduced mountain biking and white-water rafting under the guidance of both CIC officers and guides. They began their journey with an acclimatization day and mountain biking tour of Kathmandu city. The days following included a trek in Lukla, in north-eastern Nepal; participation in a cultural visit to Khumjung and Kunde Sherpa villages; a trek to Everest base camp; glacier training; and white-water rafting on the Trisuli River.

The cadet program, for youth aged 12 to 18, is supported by the Department of National Defence in partnership with the Navy League, Army Cadet League and the Air Cadet League.

Source: Canada DND

Background
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets (RCAC) is a Canadian national youth program sponsored by the Canadian Forces and the civilian Army Cadet League of Canada. Administered by the Canadian Forces, the program is funded through the Department of National Defence with the civilian partner providing support in the local community. Many Army Cadet corps receive additional support from affiliated Regular or Reserve Army units. While cadets may wear the badges and acoutrements of their affiliated unit, cadets are civilians, they are not members of the Canadian Forces .[2]

Recognized as Canada’s oldest youth program, there are approximately 21,000 army cadets in about 450 corps across the country. Together with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets and Royal Canadian Air Cadets, it forms the largest federally-funded youth program. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities.

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