By Aiden Wilson
Special to The Record
Bishop’s College School held its 159th cadet inspection this past Friday, May 27; a tradition carried on since the cadet corps was establishment in 1861.The morning-long event consisted of multiple marches, drills, and band performances with students clad in the school’s traditional ceremonial garb.
Former cadet Luke Fedida explained that all students go through the cadet program as a means of learning valuable lessons such as leadership, teamwork and self-discipline. Through rain or shine the cadets stand strong, though as he experienced from being on the field, it’s sometimes more taxing than one might think as the thick overcoats and pants can lead to overheating and even during Friday’s interaction with clouds and rain, some students fainted under the humidity.
Fedida recalled some particularly hot years that had “dozens of students collapse under the heat… but the student reserves and medical aid are ready for when they go down.”
While adherence to tradition remains an important part of the inspection, the students are well cared for during the event and a complimentary lunch is provided afterwards for cadets and guests alike.
The BCS cadet inspection was actually the longest running version of such an event in Canada until it was put on hold for the pandemic; having run 158 times without cancellation. An affiliate of The Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, is in charge of inspecting the cadets as friends and family gather to watch.
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