Straight shooting

Straight shooting Last week, the Canada Games Centre was the venue for a national competition. Army, navy and air cadets from all 10 provinces and the three territories came together to demonstrate and test their shooting skills. The National Cadet Marks

Last week, the Canada Games Centre was the venue for a national competition.

Army, navy and air cadets from all 10 provinces and the three territories came together to demonstrate and test their shooting skills.

The National Cadet Marksmanship Championship is the culmination of the corp, and regional competitions and the personal commitment and training of each cadet.

Some of these cadets participated in the local, regional and national biathlon competitions as well.

This year’s competition brought together 125 boys and girls in Whitehorse at no cost to themselves.

“The Cadet program is the largest federally sponsored youth program in Canada that includes the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air cadets. It is a national program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities.

“Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills, such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

“Cadets are not members of the Canadian Forces, nor are they expected to join the military.”

I was pleased, along with others from the Whitehorse community, to be present at the opening and closing ceremonies for the marksmanship championship, as I have been for other cadet events here and across Canada.

The most consistent and rewarding observation has been the pride, self-confidence, delight and enthusiasm expressed by the kids and displayed on their faces.

The cadet program is truly a wonderful experience and opportunity for all youth 12 to 18, male or female, and at no cost to the cadet.

These experiences and opportunities last a lifetime Ð I know, firsthand, as a former cadet with 1725 Cadet Corps, Chilliwack, more than 40 years ago.

Today, I give back to the program by working with the Army Cadet League of Canada.

Thank you to Whitehorse and the Canada Games Centre for their participation and assistance in making this year’s championship a great success.

David Laxton

National vice-president

Western Arctic Region Army Cadet League of Canada

Whitehorse