Local cadet receives bronze plaque for excellence

August 4, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Written By: Jasen Obermeyer

Patricia Stewart of the Orangeville-based 1849 Lorne Scots Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) has received a bronze plaque for ranking third overall in her three-week Army Cadet Drill and Ceremonial course at Base Borden’s Blackdown Cadet Training Centre, operated by the Canadian Forces.

Ms. Stewart’s three weeks at the training centre was focused on improving individual drill performance and basic teaching methods. 

The Drill and Ceremonial course focuses on discipline and leadership, along with activities such as marksmanship, playing sports, swimming and a one-day survival exercise. 

Blackdown is Canada’s largest cadet training centre, taking 3300 cadets this summer. Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Jack Kelly says the training centre is “home of Canada’s finest.”

The cadet summer training program offers those between ages of 12 and 18 an opportunity to take up challenges, acquire new experiences, encouraging team spirit, mutual assistance, comradeship, and physical fitness in a safe and fulfilling climate. Since 2003, Base Borden has included Air and Sea Cadets. 

A major benefit of the program is that it’s free. 

The cadets attending the camp have an opportunity to learn survival skills, life skills, communication skills, and socialization skills. 

For more information on the program, visit

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