Thursday, March 12, 2015

Air Cadets go for a winter hike

859 Squadron Air Cadets pose with the Air Cadet Ensign during their winter hike 
Danny VandenBroek photo 

Captain Daniel A. Desrosiers
Commanding Officer, 859 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
Canadian Cadet Organizations / Government of Canada

Air Cadets from Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass went for a winter hike on Saturday, March 7th. The weather was cooperative along the Crowsnest Community Trail and the expected rain managed to stay away. The cadets received plenty of supportive comments (and honks!) from the public when the trail brought them near roadways while their Air Cadet Ensign flew alongside them in the breeze.

Hiking is one way to support the physical fitness component of the cadet training program. The cadets covered the 15.2 km course with relative ease and training such as this can be a good way to assess their ability to conduct longer, more strenuous hikes. Hikes, including overnight expeditions, can be worked into the squadron’s training where necessary. Some newer recruits on the hike got their first taste of military supplied ration packs – consisting of boil-in-the-bag meals and snacks that taste considerably better than they look.

859 Crowsnest Squadron cadets typically train at least 1 weekend-day per month in addition to their weekly training on Mondays (6:30 PM to 9:15 PM, Elks Hall, Blairmore). The air cadet program is for youth 12-18 years old and new recruits are always welcome. In fact new recruits joining now, late in the school year, will get the opportunity to experience a glider flight this May. There is no cost to join and uniforms are provided free of charge. Pincher Creek youth have the option of van transportation from the Pincher Creek Legion to the Elks Hall in Blairmore each week. Questions can be directed to

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