Local Cadets in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry as well as Prescott- Russell recently took part in a Local Cadet Activity Program that wrapped up in Lakeview Heights on August 5th, 2022. The two programs ran simultaneously during the last week of July and first week of August in Lakeview Heights, just outside Cornwall by the Lost Villages Museum. CAP 1 (Cadet Activity Program), a daily summer training program for year 1 cadets, and CAP 2 for second year cadets that consisted of a 2-week day training program and included an overnight portion held in Ottawa at CFB Connaught.
This new National program offered by Cadets Canada is meant to enhance local training and keep them close to home while learning the basics of leadership, drill, field training, mental wellness, sports, on water activities, marksmanship, element specific activities to the SEA, ARMY & AIR cadet programs as well as community engagement.
CAP Cornwall was given the honour of having many local guest speakers and organizations come out to provide our cadets with education on policing, cyberbullying, and bullying with the Cornwall Detachment of the RCMP, The Native North American Travelling College providing education on Indigenous culture and traditions, The Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders Regiment with a Canadian Armed Forces Round Robin Education on trades and equipment, and former MPP Jim Brownell took time from his day to teach our cadets about the History of the Lost Villages. S, D&G Paramedic Services also made a brief presentation as did The Mayor of South Stormont, Bryan McGillis who had the honour of opening Day 1 of the CAP program.
We are grateful to those members of our community that took the time to reach out to our local youth and support the Cadet Program.
Mental Wellness was an important part of the training and local cadets appreciated the component. Central Region Cadets Padre Fowler was in attendance on day 2 to provide cadets with an excellent presentation to support their mental wellbeing.
CAP is the successor to the previous 2 week General Training Program that has been held outside the community at Cadet Summer Training Centres.
For more information about the local cadet programs offered in our community, please visit, www.cadets.ca