Popular parade marks end of Vernon Army Camp summer

More than 600 army cadets will bring the 66th summer of training at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre to an end

Standing tall on Dieppe Square, marching to the music of the combined bands, honouring the best among them, more than 600 army cadets from western Canada will bring the 66th summer of training at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC) to an end on Thursday evening.

Relatives, friends, and visitors are invited to watch the pomp and ceremony of the final parade and Sunset Ceremony, which begins at 6:15 p.m. with music by the centre’s School of Music. Parade markers will be called at 6:45 p.m.

The cadets will march on to the parade square at 6.50 p.m. and the Reviewing Officer will arrive at 7:05 p.m.

Reviewing the Sunset Parade will be The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Cadets on parade on Thursday evening will have finished either three-week Basic or six-week Instructor courses: Leadership, Expedition, Fitness & Sports, Music, Drill & Ceremonial and Marksmanship.

Cadets enrolled in the final intake of the two-week General Training Course will have their final parade on Sicily Square at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning. Reviewing Officer for the General Training Final Parade will be Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Phil Sherwin, President of the Army Cadet League of Canada, B.C. Branch.

VACSTC is the oldest continuous army cadet summer training centre in Canada and over the summer more than 1,200 cadets from across western Canada took one of 15 courses offered at the centre.

The Cadet Program is designed for youth who are interested in learning new skills, experiencing adventurous activities, undertaking national or international expeditions, travel and making new friends from across the country.

Nationally, more than 55,000 cadets in approximately 1,115 army, sea and air cadet units make up the largest federally sponsored youth program in the country.

After the final volley of the Feu de Joie is fired, after the last notes of Amazing Grace echo from the backdrop, after the sun sets and the guests depart, the cadets will pack up their bags and return to their homes, bringing to an end the 66th consecutive summer training program at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.