New Glasgow army cadet excels at summer camp

Published on August 19, 2014
Cadet Jonn Watson of New Glasgow smiles down from his perch on the Gagetown climbing wall. He went on to successfully reach the top. CAPTAIN TRACY WILLIAMS

CFB GAGETOWN, N.B. – Army cadet Jonn Watson made it look easy as he navigated the challenging climbing wall recently at Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in Gagetown, N.B.

Watson, 13, is a member of 219 Army Cadets in New Glasgow. This was his first time attending cadet camp enrolled in the two-week general training course offered at the camp. The course is meant to give the cadets, all of whom have been a cadet for less than a year, a taste of the many kinds of activities they can choose to specialize in during subsequent summers. Adventure training is just one of those specialties.

Watson said he had so much fun that he’s already thinking ahead to the summer of 2015.

"I really enjoyed myself,” he said. “I had a great time learning to aim the air rifle and I look forward to rock climbing again.”

Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre is one of four cadet summer training centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer taking part in expedition, pipes and drums, leadership, and fitness and sports programs. Through participation in the cadet program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.

*With files from Capt. Tracy Williams