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Nelson and Castlegar cadets attend summer training

Registration for this year’s cadet programs is now open
Ryder Leblanc, Tavian Morningstar and Golson Menard attended summer training programs. Photo: Submitted

The summer is a busy time for several cadets from Nelson and Castlegar.

On August 5, Sergeant Hope Ward from 561 Nelson Osprey Air Cadet squadron left for a tree-week advanced aviation course at Cadet Training Centre Greenwood in Nova Scotia. The Advanced Aviation Course provides cadets an opportunity to develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge required to be an instructor and team leader for aviation activities. Activities include instructional techniques, aviation communication and meteorology.

The same day, three cadets returned from three-week courses.

Master Cadet Tavian Morningstar from 81 Hampton Gray VC Nelson Sea Cadet Corp and Corporal Golson Menard from 581 Castlegar Air Cadet squadron returned home from Cadet Training Centre Vernon. These cadets attended the Fitness and Sports Instructor Course. This course provides cadets an opportunity to further personal fitness and healthy living knowledge and skills and develop as a specialist with the skills and subject matter knowledge to perform the duties of a Fitness and Sports Instructor. Activities include personal fitness, healthy living, conducting the Cadet Fitness Assessment, and leading physical activities.

From 561 Nelson Osprey Air Cadet squadron, Flight Corporal Ryder Leblanc returned from HMCS Quadra Cadet Training Centre after three weeks on the Cadet Musician - Military Band course. This course provides cadets an opportunity to develop music skills ranging from basic to advanced to support participation in and/or leading corps/squadron military bands. Activities include music training and band activities such as music theory, music technique, band drill, leadership and performing ensemble music.

All three of the units will be starting their 2023-2024 training years in early September.

561 Nelson Osprey Air Cadets will start it’s 71st training year on Sept. 6 2023. New cadets can register now for the cadet program. Cadets are between the ages of 12 and 18. Applications can be started at

561 squadron meets every Wednesday evening at the Nelson Eagles Hall, 641 Baker St, from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and does activities on selected weekends throughout the year.

Adults who would like to volunteer with the squadron are also welcome.

For more information, you can contact the Nelson Sea Cadets at, for the Castlegar Air Cadets, the contact is and for the Nelson Air Cadets use

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Betsy Kline

About the Author: Betsy Kline

After spending several years as a freelance writer for the Castlegar News, Betsy joined the editorial staff as a reporter in March of 2015. In 2020, she moved into the editor's position.
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