Local Air Cadets Learn Leadership Skills
Approximately 40 cadets from 581 Castlegar Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS), 561 Osprey RCACS from Nelson and 531 Trail RCACS spent the weekend learning about and practicing leadership and instructional skills.
The cadets receive instruction on being a leader throughout the training year, which runs from September through June. On this particular weekend, older cadets were tasked with leading groups of 6-8 cadets through small, problem-solving tasks, called Leadership Taskings. The leaders receive pertinent information regarding the task, and are then asked to lead their group through figuring out how to solve the problem, and execute the task.
The Cadet program, which include Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada. The cadet program accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness.
While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces.