Canadian Exchange 2016
Each year Cadets Branch HQ Army Regional Command in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Army Cadet (RCAC) organisation manages an International cadet exchange.
This year, three groups of 13 ACF/CCF cadets travelled with their two adult volunteers to three Canadian cadet camps in New Brunswick (Argonaut) Yukon Territory (Whitehorse) and Alberta (Rocky Mountain). The UK were fully integrated with hundreds of cadets from all over Canada enjoying a challenging annual camp programme for six weeks over the summer . Canadian cadets also visited the UK.
The three camps each had aspects of adventurous training, community service and physical fitness, however each had its own focus and highlights.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN: Cadet Leadership & Mountain Course. Alberta, exercise areas Rockies, glaciers, rivers and mountains. Cadets transited through Calgary, with sightseeing in Banff and Calgary included during the course.
WHITEHORSE: Cadet Expedition Instructor Course. Yukon Territory , exercise areas Yukon and rivers. Cadets transited through Vancouver with local sightseeing included during the course.
ARGONAUT: Cadet Expedition Instructor Course. Gagetown Camp, Fredericton and New Brunswick. The cadets enjoyed sightseeing in Bay of Fundy and Prince Edward Island during the course.
Each of the camps included a huge range of different activities, from watermanship and wilderness first aid, to hiking, abseiling, rock climbing, marksmanship and canoeing. At Whitehorse and Argonaut the course included a 30 hour solo exercise as well as an 18 day team expedition.
UK cadets were chosen by application and selection assessment event held in March 2016, organised by HQ Regional Command. Details of the future exchanges are published in September each year, and cadets can apply to be considered at the selection weekend.