Summerside teen roughing it on challenging three-week adventure course

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CFB GAGETOWN - Army cadet Michelle Menezes couldn't have been happier as she began the first of two grueling multi-day treks at Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in Gagetown, N.B.

Army Cadet Michelle Menezes gives a "thumbs up" as she prepares to hike into the field for the first three-day expediton of the summer. Photo by Captain Tracy Williams

The treks are part of the Basic Expedition course offered at the camp.

Michelle, 14, is a member of the 1231 Kensington Army Cadets in Kensington, P.E.I. She is tackling the expedition course on her very first time at cadet camp. The fact that she's chosen one of the more physically demanding courses at the camp doesn't faze her in the slightest.

"I really love the outdoors, and I wanted to spend some time hiking and canoeing," she says.

She doesn't even mind the Army rations. "I actually love them." she confesses.

The course, intensive in nature, involves both a three-day and a five-day point-to-point journey, travelling by canoe, mountain bike and on foot. The cadets also learn map and compass and outdoor survival skills.

Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre is one of four Cadet Summer Training Centres in Atlantic Canada.

Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer taking part in expedition, pipes and drums, leadership, and fitness and sports programs. Through participation in the Cadet Program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.


Organizations: Kensington Army Cadets

Geographic location: Summerside, Kensington, Atlantic Canada

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