Cadet Ruedi Uebelhardt of Aldergrove receives his award as the top cadet in 21 Platoon during six weeks of training in the Expedition Instructor Course at Vernon Cadet Training Centre from VCTC Commanding Officer Lt.-Col Judy Peter.

Aldergrove Army Cadet tops in platoon at Vernon

Army Cadet Reudi Uebelhardt of Aldergrove was recognized as the top cadet in 21 Platoon of the Army Cadet Expedition Instructor Course

Army Cadet Reudi Uebelhardt of Aldergrove was recognized as the top cadet in 21 Platoon of the Army Cadet Expedition Instructor Course at Vernon Cadet Training Centre during the final parade for all six-week Instructor courses.

Cadet Uebelhardt is a member of 1922 Royal Westminster Regiment, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Aldergrove. The cadets parade at 3900-block 272 Street in Aldergrove on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cadet Uebelhardt and 65 other army cadets participated in the six-week Army Cadet Expedition Instructor Course, which sees the cadets learning first aid, mountain bike skills, canoeing, abseiling, and navigation. A major part of their summer’s training were three five-day expeditions which took them hiking in Cathedral Park, mountain biking the Kettle Valley trail and paddling the Shuswap River. The cadets combined their skills to hike, bike and canoe hundreds of kilometres.

During the summer, more than 1,500 Army, Sea, and Air Cadets from western Canada spent up to six weeks in the Okanagan Valley training centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.

The Cadet program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.