Trenholm participating in cadets’ Basic Expedition Camp

Learning map, compass and survival skills at CFB Gagetown

Published on July 25, 2014
Jacob Trenholm smiles as he navigates his canoe during the canoeing leg of a five-day expedition.
Capt. Tracy Williams Photo

An Amherst teen is learning survival skills during a Basic Expedition Course offered by the Army Cadets at Camp Gagetown. He's a member of the 242 Army Cadets.

CFB GAGETOWN, N.B. – Army Cadet Jacob Trenholm is still smiling as he reaches the end of a long day on the water during a five-day expedition recently at Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre in Gagetown, N.B.

Jacob, 14, is with the 242 Amherst Army cadets, and this is his second summer in a row undergoing training at Argonaut.

Last year he successfully completed a two-week general training course, so this summer he decided to challenge himself with the Basic Expedition course.

The course, intensive in nature, involves both a three-day and a five-day point to point journey, travelling by canoe, mountain bike and on foot. The cadets also learn map and compass and outdoor survival skills.

“I love the outdoors, so I thought it would be a good thing to try,” Trenholm said.

The canoeing portion was his favourite so far.

“It was long,” he laughed “but really really fun.”

Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre is one of four Cadet Summer Training Centres in Atlantic Canada. Cadets from across Canada and abroad are at the training centre this summer taking part in expedition, pipes and drums, leadership, and fitness and sports programs.

Through participation in the Cadet Program, young people develop valuable life skills in teamwork, citizenship, leadership and physical fitness while having fun and meeting new friends.