Sackville teen conquers Cadet challenge

Cadet Chelsea Dicks
Cadet Chelsea Dicks. Photo: Trident

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By Captain Liam Mather, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic) PAO – Trident

Chelsea Dicks, of Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia, recently spent 12 days backcountry trekking and kayaking the Patagonia mountains as part of the International Army Cadet Expedition to Chile.

Chelsea, a member of the 3036 Sackville Lions Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Lower Sackville, participated in two days of fitness testing and expedition preparation before heading to Chile with 18 other top army cadets from across Canada. The expedition included a multi-day backcountry trekking experience, followed by sea kayaking and visiting the famous Penguin Island.

“We had a great time on the expedition,” adds Chelsea. “There were a lot of challenges, but being with such a great group really made it an experience I’ll never forget!”

Hosted in 2018 around the Torres Del Paine area of Chile, the International Army Cadet Expedition is an annual event designed for senior army cadets ages 16 to 18. The expedition challenges cadets’ leadership and teamwork skills in a unique outdoor setting that helps improve upon their Army Cadet Corps training.

Every year, 18 army cadets from across the country are selected for this opportunity. To be selected, cadets must achieve one of the highest levels of training at their Army Cadet Corps, participate in zone and regional expeditions, and have a minimum of gold level in the Army Cadet Fitness Test.

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