Cadets compete for a Canadian adventure
On Thursday 6th April seventy-six cadets formed up at Cwrt-y-Gollen Training Camp, the Headquarters of Gwent and Powys ACF to take part in Exercise Maple Leaf, the selection event for the Canadian Exchange 2017.
They arrived from all corners of the United Kingdom with cadets attending from the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and Army Cadet Force (ACF) to compete for their place. Four of the cadets at the selection were from Durham ACF, the most represented ACF County: Sgt Major Josh Armstrong and CSjt Lewis Knight were competing for a place on the Rocky Mountain Leadership Challenge course, Cpl Jasmine Carhart and LCpl Callum Anderson were competing for a place on the Argonaut course. With the sizzling temperatures and the delightful Welsh countryside the cadets maintained the high spirits they arrived with over the weekend.
The cadets took part in a range of challenging activties at local adventuous training (AT) facilities at Crickhowell, Sugar Loaf and Llangorse Lake throughout South Wales. They were assessed and observed taking part in the following activties: swimming test, hill walking, canoeing, trail mountain biking, horse riding, fitness test, team building and a personal interview. All of the activities were taken into account to decide the successful 36 cadets who will travel to Canada for 6 weeks this summer.
Colonal Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said, “The weekend was a great success with all of the cadets participating in all of the activties to the best of their abilities. I am pleased that four of our cadets had the opportunity to try for a place in Canada this summer, we now await the results being published from Regional Command, good luck”.
The final 36 cadets jet off fot their respective Canadian activities in July 2017, taking part in either the Cadet Leadership and Challenge Course at Rocky Mountain, Alberta or the Cadet Expedition Instructor courses will take place in Whitehorse, Tukon and Argonaut, New Brunswick.