Fraser held a “back to basics” training weekend, focusing on drill, dress and deportment (the three D’s of cadets). Included in the weekend activities were exercises in attitude, teamwork, uniform maintenance, and aided in the growing pride of being a sea cadet, and a part of RCSCC FRASER.
To kick start the weekend, the corps participated in some very competitive sports. Over the span of the games, all of the cadets showed an improvement in working as a team, and was a fun, relaxed, night for all.
Saturday was a long day for both the senior NCO’s and the junior cadets. Throughout the day, cadets were faced with drill sessions, including many cadence counts, to keep in step, and the usual reminders of arms up, chin up and clench your fists. In the end, everyone showed an improvement in both the execution of the movements.
The Master Seaman were introduced to a new level of leadership to prepare them for their role as a Petty Officer in the coming year. They were given a leadership role in the weekend and instead of receiving direction and orders, they had to be providers of instructions and command their group of junior cadets. They all had the team of
PO’s to support them, so it wasn’t all that bad. The Master Seaman worked together to learn a key part of leadership, teamwork. Their ability to work together improved along with their ability to lead, and command a group of cadets. Each of them walked away from the weekend with a different lesson learned, from self confidence, to remembering that mistakes can be used as a learning tool.
An overall improvement was seen in attitude, pride, and esprit de corps. The junior cadets also exhibited a large improvement in drill. The junior cadets did an amazing job on their uniforms for the
of the Atlantic parade, and will find they have to keep their uniforms up to par, now that the NCO’s have seen just how good they can be. Battle
At the end of this weekend there was a corps drill competition between syndicates and both teams were outstanding. They put a lot of time and effort into this, and the result was spectacular, with much fun had by all.
~PO1 A. Gagnon