Cadet Daryl Rowse of Aldergrove (left) and Cadet Philippe Gore of Aldergrove.

Cadet Daryl Rowse of Aldergrove (left) and Cadet Philippe Gore of Aldergrove.

Aldergrove cadets top platoon

Cadet Daryl Rowse of Aldergrove (left) and Cadet Philippe Gore of Aldergrove won awards at Camp Vernon

Two Aldergrove Army Cadets received awards for their achievements at the final parade at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Cadet Daryl Rowse of Aldergrove received the award as top cadet in 23 Platoon of the Basic Expedition Course, while Cadet Philippe Gore of Aldergrove received the award as best overall cadet in the First Intake of the Basic Military Band Course.

Both cadets are members of 1922 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Aldergrove.

Presenting the awards was Reviewing Officer Colonel Nic Stanton, Chief of Staff for Land Forces Western Area.

Cadet Rowse spent three weeks learning the fundamentals of expedition training, including how to select and navigate a route using maps, how to pack for an expedition, how to establish a daily routine, how to ride a mountain bike on trails and how to paddle a canoe on flat water.

The training was used during a five-day expedition in the hills overlooking the Okanagan Valley. Expedition cadets also spent time on the indoor climbing wall and the abseil tower. Expedition cadets also spent a day in Sicamous, cleaning up tons of debris washed down from the mountains during a flood earlier this summer.

Cadet Gore attended the three-week Basic Military Band Course at Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre where cadets were taught how to assemble, disassemble, maintain and store their instruments, how to apply music theory and play as members of an ensemble and to drill as a member of a band. Cadets also had time for fitness training and testing, sports and practice on the abseil tower.

During the summer, more than 1,150 army, sea and air cadets from western Canada spend up to six weeks in Vernon, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and fostering new friendships.