CAPE SABLE ISLAND, NS – The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) 327 Unicorn started their training year off with a special welcome back exercise on Sept. 8 and 9 on Cape Sable Island, where they conducted a beach sweep, learned to row dories, toured the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Clark’s Harbour and went for a cruise on the fishing boat, Rachel Elizabeth I.
The Ships’ Company has already picked up a few new members this year and are hoping to attract even more, said commanding officer Sub- Lt. Doug Brannen. The Cadet program, which is available free of charge to youth ages 12 to 18, provides “lots of opportunities that they wouldn’t get in other places,” said Brannen. “In the last three years we sent three kids to the West Coast; two on deployment on training vessels who sailed around Vancouver Island and a third who sailed on a tall ship around Vancouver Island and Puget Sound.”
There are also international exchange opportunities, summer camp training opportunities and summer camp employment opportunities for senior cadets, said Brannen.
“One thing we hear repeatedly from parents is they (the youth) get confidence where there was none before,” he said. “They discover interests they never knew they had. Logan Nickerson, he loves to sail. There’s no way his mother said, he would have discovered that it if hadn’t been for the cadet program.”
Nickerson and fellow cadet Ryan Hiltz were both named Cadet of the Week during their time at summer training camp this year, while 327 Unicorn Coxswain CPO2 Grace Brannen was awarded the Order of St. George Medal as Top Female Staff Cadet. The medal is presented to the female and male staff cadets who demonstrate outstanding leadership and compassion for subordinates and was also able, through different leadership techniques, to motivate subordinates to do what was required; and was regarded by peers and superiors as exemplifying the model cadet.
The 327 Unicorn Sea Cadet Corps meets every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Barrington Municipal Recreation Center on Sherose Island.