Commanding Officer Lt. Dan Richard (left) returns a cadet’s salute during a monthly Commanding Officers Inspection last Thursday where Mirror Publisher Dave Hamilton received an award for supporting cadet programs

New cadets welcomed, Mirror thanked at inspection

Nine new cadets were sworn into the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 54 Admiral DeWolf on Thursday.

That evening was the monthly Commanding Officers inspection and a speciaI guest officer also attended, none other than the Mirror’s (Black Press) Publisher Dave Hamilton. Hamilton also received an award from the Navy League (Sea Cadet parent sponsor group) for the Mirror’s support of the cadet programs, particularly the sponsorship of the Royal Canadian Navy – Naden Band concert last spring.

Commanding Officer Lt(N) Dan Richard said that “cadets is a great program to make friends and have fun.” Hamilton encouraged the cadets in their activities.

Cadets will be out distributing poppies with the Royal Canadian Legion in the coming weeks. In addition, the Navy League and Sea Cadets are very appreciative of the support  Campbell Riverites give the cadet programs. There are a couple of opportunities to do that coming up.

The Sea Cadets will be selling poinsettias and other seasonal products until Nov. 12 and on Nov. 19-20 (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) they are having a Cadet Chili Fundraiser & Bake Sale (Part of the Christmas Craft Tour).

The cadets are anticipating Canada’s (1867-2017) sesquicentennial (150th) birthday and want to help Campbell River celebrate.

It should be a good year to be in cadets with hopfully some extraordinary opportunities this coming year. They have over 30 young people participating this year but they are always looking for new members – so youth aged 12 -18 can come and check it out.

About Sea Cadets:

Sea Cadets is an exciting program that provides opportunity and fosters the development of leadership skills, good citizenship and physical fitness through fun, challenging, well-organized and safe activities for youth, (aged 12-18 ).

Canada’s motto, A Mari Usque ad Mare (“From Sea to Sea“) can be applied to Sea Cadets, who specialize in sailing, seamanship, shipboard life, naval communications, power boat handling, boat repair, marine engineering and have an interest in the activities of the Royal Canadian Navy. The city motto (“Enriched by Land and Sea”) describes Campbell River’s situation and is another good reason to instill a maritime perspective on young people in our community who may find future employment or recreation locally.

They are always looking for new members – so youth aged 12 -18 can come and check it out.

The Navy League of Canada – Campbell River Branch is a non-profit, volunteer organization and a registered charity.  League members (mostly cadet parents) ensure financial, accommodation and transportation support for the Sea Cadet program and services that are not provided by the DND.  This is a low barrier youth program; all core activities are no charge to the cadets.