With the B.C. Winter Games headed to Fort St. John in 2020, local army cadets have their sights set on sending a team to compete in the biathlon. That’s just one activity the club will focus on heavily as it begins its new season.
“We’re really focusing on our biathlon team and developing a squad there in hopes that they can compete,” said Ken Lane, a supply officer and expedition training instructor with the group.
The cadets have already begun their expedition season, going canoeing on Sept. 16 and mountain biking on Sept. 23. They will be going on expeditions throughout the year, such as winter camping, where they learn to build shelters and how to survive in the cold, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing, among others.
Cadets meet every Wednesday at the Legion, and have shooting practice Fridays with their marksmanship team.
There’s no cost to becoming a cadet and no obligation to join the military, Lane said.
“We try to give them some life skills that will do them well with whatever they decide to do in life, and give them that self confidence and teamwork,” said Lane.
“That’s the long-term goal.”