The Cayman Islands Cadets Corps will take its annual summer camp to Cayman Brac this year.
50 cadets from Grand Cayman and another 50 from the Brac are expected to participate in the 14 day residential camp, which will be based at the Cayman Brac High School. They will be joined by over 20 cadets from Australia, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK and the USA.
‘The 14 day residential camp offers all cadets that are involved in the cadet program nationwide the opportunity to come together on one ground,’ said the Cadet Corps’ Captain Ricardo Henry. ‘It will give them the chance to demonstrate the skills they have learnt over the years and to be assessed on the competencies they have gained.’
The theme for this year’s camp is ‘camp milestone’ – in recognition of the fact it is the first time the cadets have ventured to the Brac for a camp and also in recognition of recent achievements, including the establishment of a Marine Detachment and the retirement of Colonel Phillip Hyre, who stepped down after seven years as commandant of the Corps earlier this year.
The camp kicks off on 5 July, running through to 19 July.
Some of the activities the cadets will undergo during the camp include map and compass training, field craft, sports, talent competitions and cultural activities.
Another highlight will be a 24 hour camping and field exercise on the Bluff.
‘It offers an opportunity to build their sense of adventure and survival,’ explained Mr. Henry. ‘Being out there, they are living in accommodations that are nothing compared to what they are generally used to … so they get a sense of coping with adversity.’
The commander of the camp will be Naval Lieutenant Robert Sutherland, who will be one of many volunteers taking time off from their own schedules to help with the camp.
Mr. Henry said parents from the Brac will be assisting with meal preparation throughout the camp, but they are still looking for volunteers from the Brac to host a dinner for the cadets coming from abroad.
The camp will also provide ideal preparation for the annual regional Cadet Challenge, which will be hosted this year in St. Vincent. It kicks off on 20 July, the day after the Brac camp comes to a close.
Eighteen top achieving cadets will be taking place in the challenge, which will see Cayman pitted against countries including Antigua, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Last year the Cayman team notched up a surprise third place in the event – a remarkable result given most competitors have established military forces that the cadets are linked to.