Cadets score awards

photo courtesy if Marge Osted Master Warrant Officer Grace Osted, left, receives the trophy for overall best cadet in 27294 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Mayor Brad Mapes.

photo courtesy if Marge Osted
Master Warrant Officer Grace Osted, left, receives the trophy for overall best cadet in 27294 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from Mayor Brad Mapes.

For the 45th year in a row, the 27294 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps has held its annual ceremonial review.

This year, the seven members of the corps marched and were reviewed by a guest on May 21.

“In this case, Mayor (Brad) Mapes was our reviewing officer,” said Capt. Poul Osted, the commanding officer of the corps. “And we passed out our annual awards and their yearly qualifications to all the cadets.”

The annual ceremonial review, held outside Harry Camsell School, marks the end of another season for the cadets until the fall.

“We’re not doing anything more of significance,” said Osted of the activities until then. “We may do a little more of our rifle shooting, just little stuff, but it’s basically the end of their training year with the cadets.”

One of the highlights of the ceremony this year was a change of command for the corps’ senior cadet.

Master Warrant Officer Grace Osted, the senior cadet for the past year, is heading off to university.

“So she basically handed over the sword to the next cadet in rank, basically making him in charge for next year,” explained Poul Osted.

Next year’s senior cadet will be Sgt. Isaac Isaiah.

Poul Osted said the corps is a fairly small group at seven members.

“It’s been about that size for the last seven or eight years,” he said. “We haven’t had a really large group in a while.”

In the past, it has had up to about 20 members.

The cadets are aged from 12 to 18.

Among the activities at the corps are outdoor training, marksmanship, field training exercises and hiking.

Osted explained the cadet movement has three main goals – to create better citizens, to promote physical fitness and to foster an interest in the Canadian Armed Forces.

–Paul Bickford