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Yorkton Army Cadets hold final activity of year

Practice skills at Patrick Park in city
cadets June 29
Yorkton Army Cadets Gunner Rogue Durdin (left) and Sergeant Timothy Wild (right) measure a bearing on a landmark, assisted by Captain Colin McInnes, during a field training exercise at Patrick Park, Yorkton, SK, Saturday June 18.

YORKTON - The Yorkton Army Cadets finished their year of activities with a field training activity Saturday, June 18 in Patrick Park in Yorkton. 

Cadets practiced sending messages to each other over the radio, measuring and following magnetic bearings on a compass, and determined their step length to more accurately gauge distance when hiking a route.  

"A lot of army cadet training is hands-on; you learn by doing," explained Captain Colin McInnes, Commanding Officer of 2834 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.  

"Classroom work can lay the foundation, but field training gives us the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice."  

Senior cadets were challenged with a map and compass game that reinforced these skills to hone their accuracy, as even a small error in direction can add up over a long-distance trip. 

Throughout the day cadets stayed hydrated and cool to beat the heat. Lunch was field rations and at the end of the day cadets were treated to pizza provided by the corps' Sponsor Committee volunteers. 

At the conclusion of the activity, Capt. McInnes congratulated all the cadets who had been given offers for summer training.  

These included: 

  • Cadet Activity Program (CAP) 5 and 12-day, Camp Saskadet: Gunners Colton Bletsky, Nicholas Burback, Rogue Durdin, and Leon Le Roux. 
  • CAP 12-day, Saskatoon: Gunner Renée McInnes. 
  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Instructor, Cadet Training Centre (CTC) Vernon: Master Bombardier Aleesa Kakakaway. 
  • Fitness and Sport Instructor, CTC Cold Lake: Sergeant Genesis Kakakaway. 
  • CAP Staff Cadet: Master Warrant Officer Connor Anderson. 

The #2834 - 64th Field Battery Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps will return to regular parade nights Monday Sept 12.  

“We are also looking for volunteers and staff to join our team,” noted McInnes. 

For more information on the cadet program or how to join visit or stop by their booth at Fall Citywide Registration.