When I arrived at the gym it struck me how large this group of Army Cadets is. The Brighton Army Cadets was started in 2011 and currently consists of approximately 60 Cadets, ranging from 12 to 18 years old. Teens can join the Cadets any time as long as they are within the age range. They meet 3 times a week, with Monday evening... being a mandatory meeting. Thursday evening, also at ENSS, is when optional training programs such as marksmanship, drill team and orienteering are offered. Saturday morning is at the legion and is more `in the field training’.
Last Saturday they had a `race around Brighton’ where they practiced their navigational skills and orienteering. They also participate in competitions and have been bringing home medals.
How are they able to keep this high quality enrichment program running? With dedication, help from people and organizations in the community (Rotary and the Legion, for example) and fundraising. All the funds raised go straight back to the programs.
Although they would love to have a Brighton Cadet building, like the Legion has for their members, they are happy to be able to use ENSS and, when needed, the Legion for free, thus making sure that all funds received go into the enrichment of the program. At this moment they are also fundraising for a trip to Vimy Ridge in 2017. They would like to bring every cadet!
Joining the cadets is free and uniforms are provided.
This Friday evening and Saturday the Cadets will be all over town for Tag Day, "A day on which contributions to the fund are solicited, each contributor receiving a tag". On Saturday they also will be at the Legion for a Yard and Bake Sale; representatives of Pampered Chef, Avon, Regal and others will also be attending.
After the visit and walking past the Beacon Youth Centre, I was thinking how much our town is evolving. Although we are known as a retirement town, there are groups of caring adults guiding and mentoring the children and teens in our community.