Manitoulin Sea Cadets to host annual recruiting night

Youths ages 12-19 urged to come out and learn about the many opportunities the cadets offer

LITTLE CURRENT—Youths aged 12 to 19 from across Manitoulin are invited to join the Manitoulin Sea Cadets for its annual recruiting night on Monday, October 5 at 7 pm at the Northeast Town recreation centre in Little Current.

“The evening will include a demonstration, a question and answer period and a short video,” explained Carmen Laidley, Sea Cadet chair on the Manitoulin Navy League. “The Sea Cadets offers a wide range of activities free of charge for youths 12 to 10-years-old and it gives young people a chance to learn new skills and travel.”

“The cadets program provides a lot of opportunity for youth,” added Manitoulin Sea Cadets Commanding Officer (CO) Maggie King. “It helps build self-esteem and promotes physical fitness. The program also offers opportunities to learn to sail. Through the Sea Cadets, youth will learn a host of tangible skills from expert marksmanships, orienteering, sailing, military drills, knot tying to the opportunity to play a musical instrument.”

“Youth also learn how to stand up and speak in front of people and how to be a leader,” continued Ms. King. “It instills a sense of pride in them and the importance of rules and protocol. All of the skills they learn help to nurture and build the character of the youth, while providing them with unique opportunities not exclusive to the military.”

Ms. King added that the program also provides an outlet for youth to make friends and have fun, while being exposed to new interests and learning life-long skills.

The Manitoulin Sea Cadets recruiting night is open to all youth 12 to 19 on Monday, October 5 at 7 pm in Little Current at the Northeast Town recreation centre. Ms. Laidley noted that the Sea Cadets are always looking for volunteers to help with the program or fundraising. Anyone interested can contact her at 705-368-3718.