The Healthy Living Alliance has donated 20 pairs of new snowshoes to the cadets.
The alliance is a partnership between the City of Fort St. John and Northern Health, and co-chairs Kylah Bryde and Ibolya Agoston presented the members of the 2276 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps with their new equipment on Jan. 21.
“The snowshoes that the cadets use are the military issue ones that were designed in the 60’s and they were never meant for 12 year old kids,” said Commanding Officer Ken Lane.
Their new ones he said would last them well into the future.
The group was given a grant of $3,000 to spend on exercise equipment.
They didn’t waste any time putting them to the test, and took them out on a day-long expedition over the weekend on the Cactus Loop bike trails. They’re training for a three-day activity at the end of February.
“[Snowshoeing is] a great way to get out and appreciate our local area, and explore a lot of the great trails around here, and it’s a good teambuilding activity,” explained Lane.
“The senior cadets are responsible for the younger ones, so it builds into their leadership skills, taking responsibility and looking after somebody else.”