Special Training Activities

A variety of special training events and activities are offered through the cadet training program
and some of these are highlighted below.

 

Summer Tour in Scotland - CCF Camp with Robert Gordon's College

In 2005, Cadets from St. Andrew's College joined forces with Cadets of Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen to tackle a week of Army training at Camp Warcop, in the north of England. We had a wonderful first season and were pleased to have been welcomed so warmly by our friends from Aberdeen. In 2006, the Cadets were allowed to return and this tour included a week of touring in Scotland. The week started in Glasgow then off to Stirling Castle and retrace the steps of Braveheart. Edinburgh Castle was a highlight of the tour along with the Camera Obscura, Our Incredible Earth, and Mary King's Close, showing life in Edinburgh during the plague. In 2007, the tour group took a side trip to the town of St. Andrew's to see the home of golf. Unfortunately, we couldn't get tee times however we did manage to rent some bikes and cycled along the beach, recreating the famous film about the Olympic athletes in training entitled, "Chariots of Fire." The tour week raps in Aberdeen where we meet up with our hosts for the first time and the casual clothes are put away in exchange for a week of army fatigues. The second week of the tour offers three areas of focus: adventure training, military skills, and the army field exercise. The adventure training included rock climbing, abseiling and high ropes work. In addition, it included military raft building, canoeing and kayaking. The military skills training included communications, field first aid, range training, mine detection, and survival training. The camp highlight is definitely the field exercise where the Cadets are trained in section drills and carry out a full fledged night ambush with arty sims, para flares, trip wires and loads of blank ammunition. The Cadets carry the GP rifle which is a bolt action version of the British Army SA 80 rifle. Some years we are able to participate in a hill walk along the trails at Loch Nagar, home to Queen Victoria's hunting lodge. Selection for this trip is based on seniority and positive involvement in the Corps.

European Battlefield Tour - March Break

From March 10 – 18, 2003, 31 history students in Grades 10 to OAC, chaperoned by Tony Myrans, David Stewart, and Major Brian McCue, made a trip of a lifetime to the battlefields of northwest Europe upon which Canadians fought and died in both World Wars.

As adjunct study to the Grade 10 and OAC Canadian history courses and the Grade 11 20th Century History course, the trip was the realization of planning begun almost a decade ago by Tony and Honorary Colonel Kingsley Ward, long-time members of the Board of Governors. Guided by Lieutenant Colonels Edward Rayment and Tom Christianson, experts on the Canadian battlefields, the students began their eight-day study at Pegasus Bridge on the Orne River near Breville, France. This bridge, made famous in the film The Longest Day, was the farthest left flank of the allied armies invading Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

A special moment of the Normandy tour came when the Mayor of the village of Le Mesnil Patry, liberated by Canadian forces in the first week of the invasion, thanked those valiant Canadians who liberated him and his village by inviting our students to a splendid dinner in the Town Hall and presenting our school with a hand painted china plate on behalf of its Council.

Along the way our group explored more than 30 war cemeteries scattered in farmers’ fields throughout France and Belgium, which brought home in a deeply personal way the enormous sacrifices of our forefathers in preserving the freedoms and lifestyles that we have today.

Perhaps the most significant moments of the trip, however, were the five wreath-laying ceremonies our group performed at the graves of fallen Andreans. The wreaths, in S.A.C. colours of red poppies and white flowers, donated by the S.A.C. Association and carried from Canada for this purpose, read simply "St. Andrew’s College, Canada.."

Check out Major McCue's Battlefield Tour Diary about this exciting Corps event.

SCUBA Expedition to Turks and Caico's Islands - March Break

The Cadet scuba team trains locally at Scuba 2000 and over the last few years we've travelled to Turks and Caicos Islands, Bonaire, and Cozumel, Mexico. Our location at the Provo Marine Biology Centre in TCI has been a particular favourite for us and the participants in this program achieve their Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.