During the summer, Corporal Liam Hunter (17) from Pontefract Detachment spent six-weeks with the Canadian Army Cadet Force as part of the annual Canadian Exchange. He was assigned to the Argonaut Exercise and was based in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Here are some of his highlights:
After being checked in at Hammersmith ACF Headquarters the exchange kicked off with a tour of London followed by our flight to Canada. Whilst there I spent the next 6 weeks participating in a sports and fitness instructor course; this involved different types of sports as well as physical fitness activities. The course also involved several classroom based lessons where we learnt the different roles of a sport and fitness instructor. The training mainly took place at the Cadet Training Centre Argonaut.
We were completely integrated with the Canadian cadets throughout the exercise as there were only two UK cadets in each group of 28 Canadians. The Canadians were very friendly, and I have made friends for life from Canada as well as with the other UK Cadets on the expedition.
Although this was a sports and fitness course, I also had the opportunity to take part in many other activities and tours. These included canoeing, abseiling, rifle shooting, a visit to a Canadian army base, free time at the local mall and taking part in a ‘first nation pow wow’. We also had a long weekend culture tour to Halifax Nova Scotia packing in a lot of sightseeing. During the weekend we had a tour of Halifax which included the historic hilltop Citadel; we visited Peggy’s Cove and the Canadian Navy Destroyer HMCS St. John. The weekend ended with all of us enjoying getting wet and muddy during tidal bore rafting on the river.
The 6 week exercise concluded with a graduation parade where I was presented with a certificate showing that I had achieved the award of Canadian Army Cadet Fitness and Sports Instructor.
I had an amazing time and would strongly recommend other cadets apply for the exchange. It has been a real life experience that I shall never forget.
Written by Cadet Corporal Liam Hunter – Pontefract Detachment E(THE RIFLES) Company, Yorkshire North & West Army Cadet Force