Trip of a lifetime

My name is Scott Menck,

I have recently returned from the Cayman Islands having taken part in the Australian Cadet Exchange during July 2007.

Having travelled from the opposite side of the world – Sydney, Australia, I had no idea what to expect of the Cayman’s – I simply felt fortunate enough that I was to be selected to participate!

From the moment we hit soil in the sunny Cayman’s, until the day we departed, I was fascinated by the culture, people and cadet programme to which I was exposed and took part in.

As such, I felt compelled to write and express my sincere thanks to Colonel Phillip Hyre and all the members of the Cayman Island Cadet Corps.

The professional yet welcoming attitude displayed to me and my fellow cadets can only be described as liberating and inspirational. The organisation and planning that had clearly been put into our trip, coupled with the successful execution of our program and training, was so beneficial, I feel I have left with a much broader perspective of both cadets and a foreign lands.

Having come from a Cadet Corps in Sydney, which has in excess of 600 cadets, I felt that standard of training and organisation demonstrated by the dedicated officers and cadets to be outstanding.

Furthermore, the close knit comradeship, dedication and sense of self-discipline I learnt, have inspired me a great deal, and I look forward to exploring and developing these practices with my own platoon here in Australia.

The Cayman people were none other than welcoming and friendly. I have left your sunny shores with very fond memories of your culture and people.

I was astounded by the enormous interest shown to us, and am very grateful for the time taken by your people to accommodate us.

I have, at a very young age, been fortunate enough to participate and be involved in what can only be described as a trip of a lifetime! I consider the experiences and knowledge I gained during my trip to be invaluable.

Scott R. Menck

Cadet Sargeant, Knox Cadet Corps

Sydney, Australia

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