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A summer in shorts and a uniform

Army Cadet Angela Chang peddles her way down a mountain path in the hills of the Okanagan Valley as part of a five-day expedition.  - Capt. Debbie Middleton / VACSTC
Army Cadet Angela Chang peddles her way down a mountain path in the hills of the Okanagan Valley as part of a five-day expedition.
— image credit: Capt. Debbie Middleton / VACSTC

Surrey Army Cadet Angela Chang has completed her final week of training in the three-week Basic Expedition Course at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC).

Chang is a member of 2812 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (Seaforth Highlanders).

Included in her expedition training were lessons on how to select and navigate a route using maps, how to pack for an expedition, how to establish a daily routine, how to ride a mountain bike on trails and how to paddle a canoe on flat water.

The training was used during a five-day expedition in the hills overlooking the Okanagan Valley.

The cadets also completed a swim test, and learned emergency first aid. For relaxation, the cadets spent a day sightseeing and shopping in Vernon and an afternoon at Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake.

All three-week Basic Courses (leadership, sports and fitness, marksmanship, military band, pipes and drums and expedition) ended with a graduation parade on July 25 on Sicily Square at VACSTC.

Reviewing Officer for the parade was Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Tyler, the Commanding Officer of the Rocky Mountain Rangers.

During the summer, more than 1200 Army Cadets from western Canada will have spent up to six weeks in the Okanagan Valley training centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.

The Cadet Program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities.

Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

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