(Left) Cadets from 2642 3 RCR RCACC all together at Ground Zero at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City during their March Break Trip. (Submitted photo)
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2019
PETAWAWA – 35 Cadets along with staff from 2642 3 RCR RCACC visited New York City during their March Break Trip this past March. The week-long excursion was an opportunity of a lifetime!
Over the course of five days, Cadets experienced recreational, cultural, and historical highlights with visits to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Times Square, Central Park, and Aladdin the Musical. Cadets also applied their orienteering skills to lead and navigate groups across the city, walking and taking the subway each day to designated locations and even to restaurants.
Cadets from 2642 3 RCR RCACC were also able to see first-hand the significance of the historical and cultural impacts of 9/11 at Ground Zero on New York City, Canada, and the world. They would return home with a new appreciation and understanding of what It means to represent Canada and to be Canadian.
Cadets, staff, and volunteers began their fundraising efforts in the fall of 2018 with the Corps raising over $40,000 through various fundraising initiatives.
Each Cadet had to meet specific requirements, including partaking in skills, training exercises, and fundraising initiatives like chocolate bar and pepperette sales, tag days, and the 12-Hour Fitness Challenge. The Sponsorship Support Committee raised additional monetary funds through community fundraising events - a paint sign night, a mini-photo session, a trivia night, and a bingo night.
The trip would not have been possible without the support and financial backing of local businesses and members of the Petawawa community.
Army Cadets participate in citizenship activities that allow them to connect to their Canadian heritage, become proud citizens, and make positive contributions to Canada’s future. The opportunity abroad allowed them to return with new insights, ideas, and perspectives that can be shared at home.
These young adults also gained self-confidence, learned new life-skills and responsibilities and made life-long friendships and memories during this invaluable extra-curricular trip they may not normally have experienced otherwise.
It is the activities and unique opportunities through the Cadet Training Program that allow our local Petawawa youth to develop attributes of citizenship; ones that can leave a positive life-long impact on their lives through a set of positive youth outcomes.
2642 3 RCR RCACC celebrated their 60 years in operation at their Annual Ceremonial Review and Change of Command Parade Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at Building Y-101. The Army Cadet Corps accepts any youth between the ages of 12 and 18. Interested youth can come to Building O-9 (Korea Hall), Garrison Petawawa, on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. and must have a parent to register.