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BCS students carry on Canadian tradition at Annual Cadet Inspection

May 26, 2013

Christopher Rae leads cadets bearing flags of the countries represented at BCS. Photo by Marie-Noelle Gattuso.

On May 17, the sun came out in full force for the 152nd annual review of the Bishop’s College School No. 2 Cadet Corps. Parents, faculty, and community members gathered together to celebrate a year of hard work and training, as the students marched in impressive formations in their cadet uniforms to the steady beat of a marching band.
BCS’s Cadet Corps is the oldest continuous serving corps in Canada and an affiliate of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. All BCS students participate in the build-up to the Annual Review from March to May and develop skills of communication, teamwork, and self-discipline.
Throughout the year, students earn certification from St. John Ambulance and attend two Cadet Camps, one in Val-Cartier at the Canadian Forces Base to practice drills, learn survival skills, and enjoy high ropes courses and another in Farnham, where they test their courage and endurance in obstacle courses, rappelling towers, and ziplining.
Okill Stuart, a BCS alum from the early 1930s and spectator at this year’s inspection, fondly remembers his seven years in the Cadet Corps. “I had two left feet. I wasn’t the best cadet,” laughed Stuart, who went on to serve Canada overseas and become a highly decorated World War II veteran. Stuart is only one of the many former students who return annually to watch the BCS parade, reconvene with old friends, and commemorate Canadian history.

Read the entire article Monday in The Record.

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