Jared Thompson-Fisher (far right) is at the ready to fire the century-old Ceremonial Naval Field Gun with his team of Sea Cadets from across Canada.

Jared Thompson-Fisher (far right) is at the ready to fire the century-old Ceremonial Naval Field Gun with his team of Sea Cadets from across Canada.

Summer of adventure for Ashcroft Sea Cadet

Ashcroft youth spends three weeks at a basic drill course in Comox.

urned home to Ashcroft after spending most of July completing the Basic Drill and Ceremonial Course aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Quadra, Cadet Summer Training Centre, in Comox, B.C.

Jared is an active member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps “Avenger”. He spent the past three weeks learning how to do various forms of marching drill, such as the Flag drill, the Rifle drill, and his favourite (of course), the Naval Field Gun drill.

The Naval Field Gun used in this drill is more than one hundred years old. It was last used in service at the turn of the last century during the Boer War in South Africa.

“I loved it! I made friends from across Canada, it was all free, and I even got paid to go!” said the Grade 9 student from Ashcroft Secondary School. “My favourite was practicing the Abandon Ship Drill where we would jump off the jetty into the ocean.” Next year he looks forward to taking the six week Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course.

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League of Canada. The program is offered to all youth in Canada aged 12-18 and is provided at zero cost to families. High school students receive extra credits for being part of the Sea Cadet program.

Adults interested in volunteering with, or youth interested in joining, the Ashcroft corps are encouraged to contact the Commanding Officer of RCSCC Avenger, Lieutenant(N) Darrin Curran, at 347sea@cadets.gc.ca

Barbara Roden