The seven-member cadet team that attended the biennial Caribbean Cadet Camp (CCC) from August 5th to 18th returned home this week. The camp was hosted by the Barbados Cadet Corps and saw over 200 cadets from 12 islands across the region coming together as one, to build their character while participating in competitive activities.
It was the first time that Montserrat was participating in the camp since 2002. Attendance allowed for the forging of new friendships and linkages across the region. The cadets were able to participate in activities such as adventurous training, rappelling, hiking, musicianship and marine activity while developing and applying military skills.
Cadets from the islands were placed into mixed contingents and had to compete in a 7k relay race, and a drill competition. The drill competition was witnessed by their Commandants who were also in Barbados for the 31st Caribbean Commandants’ Conference. The Commandants also attended a cultural evening where the island contingents entertained each other with cultural displays and performances.
Private Kenisha Burnett stated, “The camp was great, it encouraged me to work hard and put my best foot forward.”
Sgt Eldina O’Garro and Privates Rajay Jackson and Ervin Liburd successfully completed the requirements for Army Proficiency at Star 2 level. Officer Cadet Lyston Skerritt served as Range Officer and provided leadership to the platoon adjudged to be the third best out of six platoons on the camp.
The Camp culminated with the cadets joining the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) on its 39th anniversary parade on Saturday, August 18, at St. Ann’s Fort.
The Montserrat Secondary School Cadet Corps will begin practices on September 11th 2018 and will host a local camp from September 14th to 16th.