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Cadet Exchange Broadens Horizons

Minister of Youth the Hon. Mark Scotland (front row L) and CI Cadet Corps Acting Commandant Bobeth O'Garro (front row R) with visitors from Canada, Australia and the UK.

Cadets from Canada, Australia, the UK and Trinidad and Tobago recently completed a two-week exchange programme in the Cayman Islands, citing caving in the eastern districts as their top activity.

The visitors told Minister of Youth the Hon. Mark Scotland that their best experience involved scrambling through the caves and exploring centuries-old graffiti on the walls. They also visited Caymanian landmarks, were treated to unique island dishes and checked out Cayman's fauna and flora.

Minister Scotland enjoyed interacting with the visiting cadets and he further pledged his support to the local contingent. "Cadets are living proof that productive activity builds character. I thank the officers and volunteers for the commitment to our youth and I hope that we can expand the programme in the future," he said.

Acting Commandant Bobeth O'Garro explained that the Army Cadet Exchange (ACE) programme is designed to broaden the cadets' horizons.

"They have the opportunity to showcase their country and their abilities and in turn, the programme allows our cadets to travel abroad and be exposed to new experiences such as white water rafting and rappelling," she said.

Established in 2001, the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps is a youth development organisation aimed at building character and leadership in young people between the ages of 11 and 17.

Proud of the programme's results, Ms O'Garro said cadets get more than just adventure: "Being a cadet builds discipline and teaches respect, manifesting in tangible related benefits such as improved academic achievement. Also, employers tell us that former cadets exhibit a level of maturity and responsibility beyond their years."

Visit the website for more information on the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver