submitted by Lt(N) Ronald Holla
Canoeing, Canadian Armed Forces engagement, sports, and an aborted Treetop Trekking experience were among the highlights of two Cadet Activity Program (CAP) serials which took place at North Grenville Curling Club from August 1 to 14, 2023.
CAP 1 was for first‑year cadets and involved four days of activities with cadets returning home each night while CAP 2 was for second‑year cadets, lasting for seven days and including three days of Field Training Exercise at Cadet Training Centre Connaught. Air, Army, and Sea Cadet units from Brockville, Prescott, Smith Falls and Kemptville were included in this year’s serials in Kemptville.
CAP provides unique summer experiences and opportunities for youth to engage with cadets from outside their own corps or squadron. They develop valuable life skills such as self‑confidence, communication and teamwork while having fun and building lifelong friendships. These community‑based summer programs also provide opportunities for cadets from all three elements to participate in shared activities, such as dynamic citizenship, fitness, team building, and CAF engagement activities linked to Cadet Program aims and objectives.