Hundreds of cadets arrive

Hundreds of cadets have once again invaded Vernon.

The Vernon Cadet Training Centre (VCTC) officially kicked off summer training with the arrival of more than 900 cadets Sunday, July 7.

“This summer marks our 70th year at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre. We are very proud of our presence here in Vernon, and the warm welcome we receive each year from businesses and residents. Citizenship is an integral part of the Cadet Program and we continue to see the cadets learn to give back to their communities and become engaged and active citizens here at the training centre and when they return home,” said Lt. Col. Miroslav Novak, Commanding Officer

Over the next six weeks, army, sea and air cadets from across western Canada will be receiving instruction and training in a variety of specialties including music, ceremonial drill, marksmanship, fitness and sports and expedition.

Throughout the summer, cadets from the training centre will perform in a number of public engagements including the Okanagan Military Tattoo and Penticton Peach Festival.

The VCTC annual end of summer Sunset parade will be held this year on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.

The camp provides summer training to more than 1000 youth each summer, led by approximately 205 adult staff and 210 senior cadets.

VCTC is one of four training centres in B.C. and the only one on the mainland.

Cadets who are selected for summer training attend at no cost to themselves or their families.

The Cadet Program in B.C. comprises 7,400 youth and 1,200 adult staff in more than 80 communities.

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