Send off for Regional Command’s UK – Canada Exchange Cadets


After a final briefing at Hammersmith Cadet Training Centre in London, 43 cadets and Adult Volunteers from all over the UK set off on Saturday from Heathrow on the 2016 Canada Cadet Exchange. The group includes six cadets from the North West: L/Cpl Blackett-Ord, Lancaster Royal Grammar School CCF; L/Cpl Stone, AKS CCF; Cpl Hoyle, Greater Manchester ACF; Sgt Wilson, Lancashire ACF; C/Sgt Cowan and Sgt Greaves, Kings School Chester CCF.

Their first journey takes them to Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary and on to one of three Canadian Cadet Summer camp locations at Rocky Mountain, Argonaut and Whitehorse. They join cadets from all over Canada also taking part in the Summer Camp season at some of the most awe inspiring camp venues.

At 0600hrs on Saturday as the teams left Hammersmith for Heathrow the air was filled with excitement and despite the early hour huge smiles on the faces of the adventurers.

During the course of the six week camp, a programme of adventurous training is planned and is expected to be the highlight for many of the cadets.  The exchange group is made up of both ACF and CCF cadets and resulted from a selection exercise earlier in the year. 

ACF Training Advisor, Colonel Clinton Riley said “It’s great to see the Cadets heading off on a life changing summer of a lifetime, building on this year Lt Col Jimmy Beggs, who has recently been appointed OC Regional Command Exchanges already has plans in hand to expand the opportunities for our Cadets.”

Good wishes to them all.

Reserve Forces