Ten cadets representing Grand Cayman recently placed fourth in a shooting competition.
The cadets, along with other cadets from various countries, competed for the PJ Patterson Challenge trophy at the Caribbean Cadet Camp, held at Dinthill Technical High School, St. Ann, Jamaica.
The group, escorted by three officers, departed Grand Cayman in July.
The teams were spread throughout the six battalions of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force, hosts of the camp.
Training involved rock climbing and rappelling, mass casualty management, watermanship, ceremonial drill, camp craft and field craft. There were also social sessions and excursions.
‘The trip was most fulfilling as cadets got a chance to interact with 1,000 other cadets and adult leaders from around the region,’ said cadet captain Ricardo Henry.
The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps shooting team placed fourth overall behind Jamaica Combined Cadet Force, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cadet Force, Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force, and two places ahead of Barbados Cadet Corps and Antigua and Barbuda Cadet Force.
As part of the camp and to further the integration process on the Caricom level, the Commandants of the various Corps and Forces in the region also met for the 19th Annual Caribbean Commandants’ Conference at the Cadet Headquarters, Up Park Camp, Kingston.
This meeting was attended by the Cadet Commandant Col. Phillip Hyre and Capt. Ricardo Henry, Staff Officer for the Commandant.
The meeting included bi-lateral agreements on cadet training in the region, testing standards and training material to be used, future Caribbean camps and involvement in disaster management and prevention.
The conference also included a courtesy call on the Governor General of Jamaica, Professor Kenneth Hall; and a ceremonial parade inspected by Peter Phillips, Minister of National Security.
‘This Caribbean camp is just one in the many and varied activities created for youth in the Cayman Islands and a clear demonstration of the excellent skills and opportunities members of the Cadet Corps benefit from,’ said Mr. Henry.