About nine youngsters in Vavenby participate regularly with 2941 Wells Gray Cadet Corps and another nine in Barriere, Capt. Hethar Macintosh reported to Clearwater town council on Nov. 22.
“They become active and engaged citizens,” she said.
Objectives of the program include leadership, citizenship, physical fitness and interest in the Canadian Forces; although she emphasized the Cadets is not a recruiting vehicle for the military.
Since being created about 12 years ago and going on its own about 10 years ago, the local corp has seen its numbers climb to a high of 45 and drop to as few as six.
The corp in Barriere is now shut down and the members there are part of the local Cadet Corps.
Nearly all expenses are paid for those taking part. Most participate in summer camps in Vernon and elsewhere across Canada. One member of the local corp even traveled to Bisley, England, in 2007 to compete in the world air rifle championships.
Students can use Cadet courses and programs as part of their secondary school completion, Macintosh pointed out.
With the wide variety of outdoor activities available here, Clearwater and Wells Gray Park could become important training areas for cadets from across the province, she said.