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Cadets learn crucial skills

Youth puts survival techniques to the test in Yukon wilderness

Squamish cadet Emma Wong, 14, put her survival skills to the test this week during a semi-solo exercise in White Horse, Yukon.

The exercise is part of a two-week training camp that sees cadets from B.C. and the North learning such skills as fire starting, water collecting and food snaring.

The knowledge came in handy during the semi-solo survival exercise Emma participated in this week.

Instructor Captain Jennifer Jacques leads the two-week Introduction to Survival Training course at Whitehorse Cadet Summer Training Centre (WCSTC). Each summer over 350 cadets from across Canada and the United Kingdom participate in adventure training at WCSTC.

During the course, Emma is working with cadets from B.C. and across the North to learn survival techniques and ground to air signals. She will also learn how to assist in survival exercises at her home squadron, 835 "Griffin" Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron where she has been a cadet for three years.

The daughter of Lynn and Simon Wong, Emma will be attending Grade 9 at Howe Sound Secondary in the fall.

The Cadet Program is a community based, dynamic youth program which aims to develop citizenship, leadership, and physical fitness in Canada's youth through a set of fun, challenging, well-organized, and safe activities.

More information about the Cadet Program can be found at

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