Cadets from 572 Coyote, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, of Stettler, Alta. participated in their first Field Training Exercise in two years near Stettler on Oct. 21 to 23, 2022.
The weekend included building lean-to shelters, making simple snares, learning to navigate with a map and compass, participating in a simulated search and rescue and playing games. The overall theme of the weekend was aircrew survival.
“I had a great time this year, it was my first year leading the cadets through all the activities,” said Flight Sergeant Gryphon Wagner.
“This was fun and a great learning experience. Building a fire to boil my ration at the end of the day was my favourite part of the weekend,” said Flight Corporal Gabriel Trask.
“After two years of online training, it was really great to reunite as a group,” said Civilian Instructor Tanya Wagner, “this weekend has increased my motivation to make the Squadron stronger and better.”
A weekend of activities in the field is one of many activities available to youth at local, regional and national levels in the Cadet Program year-round.
The Cadet Program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old and develops confident, self-sufficient leaders who form lasting friendships and are engaged in their communities. Air cadets also learn about aviation technologies, aircrew survival, and how to fly.
Adults are also needed to help train, administer and supervise the local youth involved in the Cadet Program. Becoming part of the Cadet Program is easier than you may think, it’s a lot of fun and the skills you learn are transferable to your regular employment. No previous military or cadet experience is needed.
Contact 572 Coyote, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, at 403-412-4282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get in on the fun and learning.
Captain Lisa Long, Unit Public Affairs Representative, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest)