KAMSACK — The 2022-23 training year for the Kamsack air cadets began on Sept. 7 and already the group has begun practicing for biathlon competitions, while their support committees have begun selling Mom’s Pantry products and are selling their community calendars.
“We have 15 cadets registered, but are still accepting new registrations,” said Lt. Karen Tourangeau, the squadron’s commanding officer.
The cadets meet on Wednesday evenings at the Kamsack Comprehensive Institute gymnasium and youths interested in joining need only to show up on a Wednesday evening.
“We began practicing for the biathlon competitions,” Tourangeau said, explaining that a biathlon consists of a cadet running for a kilometre, and then taking five shots with a rifle at a target, running another kilometre, shooting five more times, and ending with another one-kilometre run.
Kamsack cadets will join other cadets, probably from Yorkton, Canora and Preeceville, for a competition being held in Yorkton in November, she said. The cadets with the best results will qualify to advance to the provincial competition being held at Camp Saskadet near Kelvington in February.
In the winter, rather than running in the biathlon, competitors will be skiing, she said.
Parents and the cadets’ civilian staff have begun selling Mom’s Pantry items as they have as a fundraiser in previous years, she said. Order forms are available from cadets or may be obtained by going to the squadron’s Facebook page.
Mom’s Pantry items may be ordered until Oct. 19, she said. The products ordered will be distributed about two weeks later.
By the beginning of November, the squadron wants to have all the information for the community calendars ready so that they can be printed and distributed for the beginning of 2023. It cost $10 for a calendar and a purchaser may include as many dates of birthdays, anniversaries or memorials that one may wish in the calendar, she said.