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Local Sea Cadets resume weekly meetings

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With the return of fall and the beginning of another school year, district students also are back doing their favourite after-school activities, including playing sports and joining many different youth-oriented organizations.

One such group that traditionally has attracted a solid following is the Sea Cadets.

After a summer of attending various camps, the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (Fort Frances) has resumed its fall training program in Emo. The meetings are held Mondays from 6:30-9 p.m. upstairs at the Emo Curling Club.

With a committed group of 19 members and the possibility of several more, the cadets meet each week to renew friendships and undertake their training. The group is open to boys and girls aged 12 and up.

Uniforms are provided free of charge to all registered members of the corps.

Sea Cadets learn about naval traditions through participation in a variety of activities both on and off the water. They specialize in sailing, seamanship, shipboard life, naval communications, power boat handling, boat repair, marine engineering, tall ship training, and ship deployments.

This coming weekend, for example, the local cadets are off to Kenora to take part in their annual “sailing weekend.”

Sub-Lt. Dawn Gray said corps members are really looking forward to the experience. “It should be a fantastic weekend,” she remarked.

Sea Cadets learn valuable life skills and intrinsic values through a variety of sailing exercises and seamanship activities. Canada’s coastline offers a natural setting for members to practise what they have learned and to develop leadership potential.

Four local cadets attended summer camps this year. Ian Enns, Ben Taylor, and Susan Stewart took part in programs aboard the HMCS Ontario, which is stationed in Kingston, while Dylan Taylor attended a music camp in British Columbia.

Taylor, who earned “Top Cadet of the Year” honours last year, attended a program that stressed physical fitness and taught him the skills necessary to become a drill instructor.

“It was a fantastic experience,” he enthused.

The Sea Cadets is a well-developed program that trains young people from coast to coast. This year, roughly 5,000 members participated in summer training offered at camps in Comox, B.C., Fort Qu’appelle, Sask., Kingston, Ont., Ste-Angèle-de-Laval, QC, Cornwallis, N.S., and St. John’s, Nfld.

All cadets must complete Phase 1 of their training program in order to be eligible to attend a summer training centre and for promotion to Able Cadet.

The 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (Fort Frances) is supported by the executive members of the Navy League (Emo Branch), which provides the financial

support necessary for training exercises, paying bills, buying equipment, and travel expenses.

They also support the corps by organizing social events, such as the bowling party, Christmas party, and annual barbecue.

Like most youth organizations, the Navy League is in need of some more assistance from parents in the district. If you are willing to donate your time and talents to this worthwhile organization, get in touch with one of the executive, which currently consists of Connie Jewett (president,) Tatjana Lukasevics (vice-president), Gary Sliworsky (treasurer), and Karen Sliworsky (secretary).

The local Sea Cadets also are looking for new members. If you are a student aged 12 and over and are interested in becoming a member of this national organization, the corps would really like to hear from you.

Just attend the next meeting and let them know that you want to be a Sea Cadet.

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