Chiara Minchin of Nakusp smiles as she receives here certificate for completing Level 1 Boot Camp from Major Kevin Debiasio

From boot polishing to marching, local cadets learn the basics

Cadets from squadrons in Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, and Grand Forks came together to learn some new skills.

Cadets from the Sea and Air squadrons in Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, and Grand Forks got a brief, but intense course in learning the basics of cadets over the Nov. 26 weekend.

Four cadets from the Nelson Air Cadet corps are from Nakusp: Chiara Minchin, Horatio Kostuch, Elias Hibberson, and Riley Baron.

“This is something that we do locally, we do it every year, once all the first years have signed up,” said Major Kevin Debiasio, area cadet instructor cadre officer for the West Kootenay region. “Since we have smaller squadrons and corps in the area, we do it as a big group, so that kids can meet other people, and learn the stuff with more people around.”

Over the weekend the cadets had the chance to learn a variety of new skills including drill, marching, even boot polishing. They also learned some general knowledge, such as what all the ranks are in cadets, and what the cadet program is all about.

Though the Nelson cadets hosted the weekend, the boot camp took place at the Trail Armouries.

Cadets arrived at the armouries early in the morning on Nov. 26. Once they reached the barracks they separated into their different squadrons.

For Minchin, this was the first time she had ever taken part in any kind of boot camp.

“It was a really great experience because there were 23 other cadets there and we got to meet new people and try different things that we normally wouldn’t get to try,” she said.

About five hours of drill was done each day and cadets got a two-minute break every 15 minutes.

After three different lessons for drill, which lasted about half an hour each, cadets had Meals Ready to Eat, known as MREs, which are sent overseas to soldiers.

Cadets learned air rifle safety and after several lessons, the cadets did their safety tests. Two cadets, Noah Malenfant and Kia Thomson, both of Nelson, achieved their Level 1 Marksmanship qualification.

Debiasio said reaction from both the cadets and their parents has been nothing but positive.

“The parents have all said that the kids enjoyed it and they got something out of it,” he said. “One mother even said that their kid came home and started polishing their parents’ shoes.”

At the end of the weekend, each cadet received a certificate stating they completed Level 1 Boot Camp.

 

Just Posted

Nelson-area man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

West Kootenay highways a mess as heavy snowfall continues

‘Roads are very icy, people have to be patient and have to slow down’

It’s the last day to vote in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots must now be dropped off in person to meet the deadline of 4:30 p.m.

How to decide what to vote for in B.C.’s referendum on electoral reform

Ballots are due at Elections BC on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m.

COLUMN: The People’s Party of Canada arrives in the Kootenays

‘The Conservative Party of Canada walked away from us,’ says organizer of Kootenay-Columbia and South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding associations

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

UPDATE: B.C. judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive wanted by U.S.

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Famous giant tortoise DNA may hold fountain of youth: UCBO

After Lonesome George’s death he still provides clues to longer life

Most Read